Revolution Media Presentation Viewable on Web?
revolutionary.dan at gmail.com
Fri Jun 30 20:06:06 CDT 2006
Well, I'm not sure I agree with all of your analysis, Devin.
Browser masking certainly results in under-reporting of browsers like Safari
that can (or even must) masquerade as others, but you can't mask the OS very
On 6/30/06, Devin Asay <devin_asay at byu.edu> wrote:
> On Jun 30, 2006, at 1:20 AM, Dan Shafer wrote:
> > To me, the "units sold" and "installed base" numbers are guidelines
> > but not
> > real indicators of a particular system's real penetration which is
> > measured
> > in something I'd call "units in daily use by humans." That figure
> > can't be
> > obtained, of course, but one figure that CAN be obtained is the mix of
> > computer operating systems visiting various Web sites with logs
> > that can
> > track the OS in use.
> > Given that a large majority of machines in human use at any given
> > time are
> > navigating the Internet, that would be at least a useful
> > measurement of the
> > degree of actual market penetration. There are a LOT of WIndows
> > machines
> > (and, I'm sure, old Macs as well) being used for doorstops,
> > paperweights,
> > and lying in landfills and other states of disuse.
> > By that standard, OS X and Linux run 3-5% each and Windows at just
> > about
> > 90%. The stats I find most reliable are these:
> > http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp
> But even these stats are problematic. I found it curious that Safari
> didn't even appear on the list, while Opera does. The problem is that
> Safari, along with some other browsers, masks its identity so that it
> can access some poorly written sites that require a specific browser
> (usually IE for Windows.) So not only is OS X underrepresented on
> sites like this, IE's presence may be exaggerated.
> Devin Asay
> Humanities Technology and Research Support Center
> Brigham Young University
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