I've sent the information on his way and he posted "Microsoft browser share hits record low" on NBR.
Interesting numbers for Trade Me (I guess a more mainstream kind of audience) and Geekzone (a more tech savvy audience).
Here are the numbers from the article:
TRADE ME (January 09/Nielsen NetRatings)
Microsoft Internet Explorer: 72.27%
Mozilla Firefox: 19.84%
Apple Safari: 3.83%
Google Chrome: 1.52%
A hardcore tech audience puts Geekzone visitors ahead of others in their departure from IE – though Microsoft’s browser still leads. Firefox has gained 2.6% since NBR last checked in during October, while after blazing to nearly 5% on its debut, Google’s Chrome has remained static.
GEEKZONE (January 09/Nielsen NetRatings)
Microsoft Internet Explorer: 46.03%
Mozilla Firefox: 40.61%
Google Chrome: 4.60%
Apple Safari: 4.54%
To add a bit more information I am posting here some data from our Google Analytics for the month of January 2009:
Total visits January 2009: 739,689 (+8.29%)
United States: 24.81%
New Zealand: 23.90%
Microsoft Internet Explorer: 46.03%
Mozilla Firefox: 40.61%
Google Chrome: 4.60%
Apple Safari: 4.54%
Mac OS: 5.95%
Server 2003: 1.40%
Telecom Xtra: 6.15%
Road Runner: 2.62%
These are numbers that raise interesting questions and comments. For example almost 46,000 visits from people using Telecom Xtra every month. Also note about 14,000 visits from people using WorldxChange and 13,500 visits from Vodafone users.
This is interesting because WorldxChange was for some time the darling around our forums. People used to recommend their services all the time - until they apparently oversold capacity and started having communications problems. Once people started complaining in our forums WorldxChange pulled out and stopped talking to customers here.
Telecom New Zealand has a shadow presence - lots of employees lurk around but no official participation, although I always receive official comments when I bring questions to them.
Vodafone is the one doing best with a couple of "official" people lurking the forums and answering questions.
Another thing to note is the high Firefox usage amongst our readers. This is probably because of our tech savvy audience.
And lastly there's a huge number of U.S.-based visitors to Geekzone. I'd like to see more New Zealanders visiting the site though, mainly because we have a wealthy of knowledge and solutions to local problems.
What do you think? Do you run a website? What kind of numbers you see? How can we increase local traffic?
It actually looks like there is a few problems, not only one...
To start the Paradise DNS seems to be out of sync a lot of times, and I've experienced errors trying to access some domains that are resolved correctly when using the Clear DNS - both Paradise and Clear DNS maintained by TelstraClear. I thought this could be something to do with the times, but I know of a couple of domains which are not updated on the Paradise DNS even after a couple of months.
Worse, if one tries to use something like OpenDNS then some of the IP returned are simply not accessible though TelstraClear. For example if you try to access Facebook when using OpenDNS and connected through the TelstraClear cable modem service then you will experience timeouts. It seems the IP returned by OpenDNS is not what TelstraClear expected to have when accessing tha domain and the whole page load just stalls with lots of timeouts.
Another problem is the following message that shows up sometimes for entire domains:
It seems to indicate TelstraClear has a badly configured or badly performing transparent proxy. Sometimes just refreshing the request solves the problems, sometimes it happens multiple times during the day.
UPDATE: It appers other people have this problem with DNS also.
UPDATE: I have passed on some of the faults to a TelstraClear network engineer.
"IPv4 (IP) addresses are running out around the world. A daily updated trend based prediction currently suggests late 2011, however industry experts are picking the day to be much sooner. Either way, this is well within the lifetime of current equipment and IT solutions within your business.
The IPv6 protocol was designed 10 years ago to eventually replace IPv4 in a gradual adoption, with the two co-existing side by side for several years. This adoption has started to pick up pace significantly in the past year, with most major operating systems and many network equipment vendors now supporting IPv6.
IPv6 for Business will teach you the skills to begin experimenting with IPv6, and planning the adoption of this new protocol in your organisation’s network.
• Learn about the history of the Internet and IPv6, its advantages, and the motivation for deploying it in your network
• Gain exposure to the IPv6 protocol, and the IPv6 addressing architecture
• Learn how IPv6 works in the wider Internet, and how to work with your ISP to achieve good IPv6 connectivity
• Understand popular IPv6 tunnelling mechanisms, and how these may already be impacting your network today
• Be able to identify and resolve common IPv6 problems that may already exist in your network today
• Learn how servers and desktop computers interact with each other, and with network equipment such as routers and firewalls.
• Learn how network services such as DNS operate in the IPv6 network.
• Learn about IPv6 support in common software and operating systems.
• Find out what to look for and ask for when considering future proof software and hardware solutions from your vendors.
Who Should Attend?
Anyone who is likely to be affected by the adoption of IPv6 from organisations such as:
• Government departments
• Educational facilities
• Large corporate organisations
• Any organisation involved in the design and maintenance of computer software, components, systems or networks.
Including roles such as:
• IT Managers
• Network engineers
• Network designers
• Network consultants
This two-day course will use case study examples and group exercises, as well as tutorial sessions. All attendees will be provided with a workbook and supporting slides. It is expected that attendees will have some level of networking experience and a basic understanding of IPv4. Laptops and equipment will be provided, but feel free to bring your own laptop as well.
"Measurement Lab (M-Lab) is an open, distributed server platform for researchers to deploy Internet measurement tools. The goal of M-Lab is to advance network research and empower the public with useful information about their broadband connections. By enhancing Internet transparency, M-Lab helps sustain a healthy, innovative Internet."
You can check their network tools now (Java required):
"Network Diagnostic Tool (NDT) provides a sophisticated speed and diagnostic test. An NDT test reports more than just the upload and download speeds -- it also attempts to determine what, if any, problems limited these speeds, differentiating between computer configuration and network infrastructure problems. While the diagnostic messages are most useful for expert users, they can also help novice users by allowing them to provide detailed trouble reports to their network administrator."
"Glasnost attempts to detect whether your Internet access provider is performing application-specific traffic shaping. Currently, you can test if your ISP is throttling or blocking BitTorrent. Tests for other applications will follow soon."
"NPAD diagnoses some of the common problems effecting the last network mile and end-users' systems. These are the most common causes of all performance problems on wide area network paths."
All very useful...
Anyone who has ever flown with a low cost airline will have experienced something similar to this short little clip that pokes fun at all the little tricks used to sell you a seat. How many times have you fallen for the cheap airfare that ended up costing you more than you thought?
And yes, this is an Air New Zealand ad...
You can see a lot more pictures in the official HP Mini Mi Edition page, and check more about the OS and features on this FAQ (PDF link).
Now to keep refreshing the FedEx tracking page...
We now have a (finally) working Windows-based Media Center. It is great being able to actually watch HD broadcast using the native Windows Media Center application. Until now we were only able to watch Freeview HD with third party software, because of lack of H.264 support on Windows Vista.
Windows 7 changes this with built-in H.264 support and the experience is very pleasant. You can check some screenshots in my previous blog post about Windows 7 Media Center.
I have also replaced Windows Vista Ultimate with Windows 7 Ultimate Beta on my main laptop. At the same time I've swapped the original 160GB HDD with an Intel 80GB SSD. A lot of talk has been around about Windows 7 support for SSD technologies so I decided to try it myself.
You can see below the Windows Experience Index results for my laptop, an AMD Turion 64 x2-based Acer Ferrari 5000 with 4GB RAM and ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 video graphics:
The interesting thing is that this same Intel 80GB SSD showed a 7.9 index on another PC. Perhaps because of differences in controllers or drivers?
Anyway, with this laptop I am able to boot (after BIOS) into the Windows desktop in less than 30 seconds. And this is with Microsoft Office 2007, Live Messenger, Avast AV being loaded at boot time - real life experience.
Overall I am feeling a great improvement over previous Windows versions. Small UI things such as the ability to see previews of multiple windows for an application when hovering the mouse cusor over it in the Taskbar, and the automatic hiding of all othe windows so you can see it directly on the desktop make much easier to work:
Are you testing the Windows 7 beta? Just for curiosity, as a developer or IT administrator? What are your impressions?
This may be an issue related to the Customer Experience Improvement Program client (CEIP also known as SQM). If you are experiencing this try the fix outlined below. Any machine that’s currently not affected by this problem does not need this fix, nor will future installations or upgrades.
What happened? Microsoft deployed a configuration change which exposed this problem. The following instructions will remove those changes (registry keys) to prevent further CEIP related crashes.
1.Select and copy the following to your clipboard:
reg delete HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SQMClient\Windows\DisabledSessions /va /f
2.Click on "Start", then "All Programs", then "Accessories"
3.Right click on "Command Prompt", then click on "Run as administrator"
4.In the UAC prompt, verify that the program’s name is "Windows Command Processor" and then click "Yes"
5.Right click on the "Administrator: Command Prompt" window’s black area, then select "Paste"
6.Press "Enter", you should see “The operation completed successfully”.
7.If you see “ERROR: Access is denied”, please make sure you followed Step 3.
8.Close the "Administrator: Command Prompt window"
Windows 7 M3 made its way to my HP tablet PC and it is running on it - solid and fast for a few weeks now. It will be replaced this weekend with the new Windows 7 Build 7000 though.
But Windows 7 Build 7000 is already installed on my Windows Media Center in the lounge. I run an Apple Mac mini as a Media Center PC, booting into Windows via Bootcamp. It's a machine small and silent enough to be in the lounge.
Until now I had been using dvbviewer to watch Freeview (DVB-T) with good results. The receiver is a Hauppagge HVR-900, and while the whole setup struggles a bit with very high definitions channels (such as TV3) it does well on the other HD channels.
My main objective on upgrading this setup to Windows 7 Build 7000 was to test the built-in H.264 support, that would allow us in New Zealand to have Freeview HD terrestrial programs directly on the Media Center experience, without having to use a third party program.
And did Windows 7 deliver! The upgrade over the existing Windows Vista installation was smooth and quick. The Apple Bootcamp drivers all worked ok, and even the drivers for the USB DVB-T receiver worked fine.
Tunning worked well - but there are still problems with the EPG (Electronic Programming Guide).
Another thing I feel it misses is the - long lasting - lack of support for ISO files. The Media Center won't play a DVD backup in ISO format without third party software.
Other than these two points, it's a very interesting release so far. The PC itself boots much faster than before, channel switching is smooth and the picture is almost perfect.
Here are some screenshots for your pleasure: