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OS Statistics, Spring 2015

Interesting statistics. Very unexpected.
Mac 49%, Linux 25%, Windows 21%
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Chrome 82%, FireFox 7.7%, Safari 3.3%, Internet Explorer 2.8%
Browser Stats

These stats are consistent within 1-2% across all my web sites except the OS stats on one web site are different: on the Adult Life Training, Inc. site the OS stats are Windows 40%, Mac 38%, Linux 18% — possibly due the to lab computers home page being set to this web site and the tendency for beginners to prefer Windows until they learn a bit about how to work the computer. The Returning visitor stat on alt-fw.org is also higher (about half instead of about 1/4th) so that seems likely.

On jdnash.com Mobile OS: Android 59%, iOS 37%, Windows 3.7%Mobile OS Stats

But on alt-fw.org and jdnash.org Mobile OS: iOS is 70% and Android is 30% with no Windows presence at all.
x Return visitor is also high in this stat so it may be due in part to the free wireless we provide and an unusually high presence of Apple devices (near 100%) with organizational staff on the campus.




Do Not Call

mobile-phoneFederal Do Not Call List

The Federal Do Not Call list is available for all PERSONAL phone numbers: land line and mobile. All you need to do is go to the government web site, DoNotCall.gov, and click REGISTER A Phone Number , or call their number, 1-888-382-1222, FROM THE PHONE NUMBER TO BE REGISTERED. For more information see their FAQ at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0108-national-do-not-call-registry.

Note: this web site does not require Javascript. Most legitimate sites do not, although they may use javascript to make the site nicer, it is not usually required.

Official Government Web Sites

Government web sites end in the official .gov top level domain name (TLD). Persons outside the government cannot get a .gov TLD, at least not legally. There are scamming organizations pretending to represent the Do Not Call list, but they are scammers trying to trick you. The real Federal Do Not call list is run by the US Government Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Your number, once added to the list, remains there until you remove it, and this service is free. Telephone solicitors must avoid calling your phone number beginning 31 days after you register it, or they must pay a heavy fine for each time they call you — if I remember right they must pay you $10,000 for each illegal call. Public Charities making their own calls, not using a telemarketing company but making the calls themselves, are exempt. Tele-scammers located outside the US are not exempt, but they are harder to catch and extract your money.

Web Site Safety

When you are presented with a link to click, mouse over the link first and carefully read where it really goes. Try the links above in this post. A common phishing trick is to use a link that LOOKS SIMILAR to what they are representing themselves to be, for example FASFA.GOV (http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/) when in fact their link goes to FASFA.COM — what I feel is a loan scamming organization that tricks students into giving them their private information and agreeing to borrow money from them at high interest rates and charging them a fee under the guise of being the US Government Department of Education FAFSA web site. I see now they do have a small disclaimer in the upper right corner of their page, but that was not always the case.

Sometimes the printed words you are to click in the link are not the same as the link they point to, for example mybank.com may be what you see to click on the screen, but it really goes to mybank.com.trickster.info. If you mouse over the link and do not click, FireFox and Chrome web browsers will display the real link so you can see it before you decide to click.

Be careful. Stay Safe.


October 2010 OS & Browser Use Stats

Note: this article is the writers personal opinion. It is based upon almost 40 years of experience in small computers and communications, but it is still an opinion.It is presented AS IS. All use is at your own risk.


We ran web stats tonight, using access logs from April through October 2010. They are self explanatory and follow. The trend — rising or falling market share — is more important than calculated percentage. The year to year trend will be accurate even if the accuracy of the market share assessment is approximate.

IF we ASSUME that all “unknown” OSes are in fact Microsoft (for example Vista or Windows 7) then Microsoft is still level at 60% of market share (compared to our Operating System use check October 2009). They are down 30% from their 90% market share eight years ago, which explains their more aggressive pricing (they cut the price of Windows 7 in half compared to Vista and Windows XP). Linux is at 27.34% down 1.81% from last year’s 29.15%. MAC is at 4.46% down 3.48% from last year’s 7.94%. In all the Windows 7 platform may have attracted a few people, but it must have drastically disappointed shareholders. Apparently businesses who were driven away over eight years of Microsoft hubris are less than willing to jump back into the frying pan after biting the bullet and switching to MAC or Linux.

Comparing to Web Browser use stats from October 2009, the most significant change in Web Browser use goes to the Safari camp, which won market share up 17.58% at 26.88% over use of 9.3% reported last October. Safari numbers may actually include users adopting the Google Chrome (or Chromium) platform for web browsing — GoDaddy.com‘s statistics service does not distinguish. Since use of MAC OS has actually dropped, and Safari is primarily used in conjunction with MacOS, the most logical conclusion is that Google Chrome now has taken roughly 20% market share, possibly fueled by consumer privacy and business security concerns which discourage adoption of IE, promotion of Chrome by Industry giant Google.com, and the overwhelmingly extreme acceptance of the Android (Linux) powered ‘Droid series of Smart Phones, which are the established mobile phone market leader.

Microsoft IE is off (down) exactly 8% at 28.72% from last October’s 36.72%. FireFox is off 25.03% at 15.00% down from last year’s 40.03%. Opera, the intensely standards compliant browser used mostly by those who value such things is off 0.36% at 0.86% of market share, down from 1.22% last year.

Graph of Operating System use April through October 2010

Click for chart: Operating System use April through October 2010

Operating System used to access Nash group of web sites
Sites are unpromoted: that is no significant advertising or link sharing is allowed so that the site can only be accidentally (randomly) discovered and does not attract people interested in any particular specialty, such as people who like a particular browser or operating system. Last full month is October 2010.
Operating System Number of requests Number of page requests Percent of OS Percent of use
1 Windows

94,770 29,840 39.93% 37.02%
Windows XP 54,481 21,660 57.49% 72.59%
Unknown Windows 35,367 6,375 37.32% 21.36%
Windows Server 2003 2,076 612 2.19% 2.05%
Windows 2000 1,324 528 1.40% 1.77%
Windows NT 678 259 0.72% 0.87%
Windows ME 259 164 0.27% 0.55%
Windows 98 200 112 0.21% 0.38%
Windows 95 287 92 0.30% 0.31%
Windows CE 74 26 0.08% 0.09%
Windows 3.1 24 12 0.03% 0.04%
2 OS unknown

47,692 29,582 20.10% 36.70%
3 Known robots

19,373 10,703 8.16% 13.28%
4 Unix

64,895 8,809 27.34% 10.93%
Linux 64,893 8,808 99.9969% 99.9886%
BSD 2 1 0.0031% 0.0015%
5 Macintosh

10,587 1,665 4.46% 2.07%
6 Symbian OS

13 2 0.01% 0.00%

Total Use

237,332 80,603 100.00% 100.00%
Graphic of Web Browser use April through October 2010

Click for chart: Web Browser use April through October 2010

Browser used to access Nash group of web sites
Sites are unpromoted: that is no significant advertising or link sharing is allowed so that the site can only be accidentally (randomly) discovered and does not attract people interested in any particular specialty, such as people who like a particular browser or operating system. Last full month is October 2010.

Browser Type Number of requests Percent of use



1 MSIE 68,158 28.72%
2 Safari 63,797 26.88%
3 Firefox 35,609 15.00%
4 Netscape (compatible) 32,261 13.59%
5 msnbot 6,265 2.64%
6 Mozilla 3,652 1.54%
7 Yandex 2,893 1.22%
8 Googlebot-Image 2,777 1.17%
9 WordPress 2,713 1.14%
10 Baiduspider+(+http: 2,160 0.91%
11 Java 2,048 0.86%
12 Opera 2,037 0.86%
13 Sogou web spider 1,336 0.56%
14 panscient.com 1,166 0.49%
15 LinkedInBot 1,012 0.43%
16 NextGenSearchBot 771 0.32%
17 Sosospider+(+http: 725 0.31%
18 http: 595 0.25%
19 TwengaBot-Discover (http: 497 0.21%
20 AdsBot-Google (+http: 496 0.21%
[not listed: 189] 6,362 2.68%

Total Use 237,330 100.00%




Note: this article is the writers personal opinion. It is based upon almost 40 years of experience in small computers and communications, but it is still an opinion.It is presented AS IS. All use is at your own risk.