Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Browser Share IV

Time to look at browser share again. It's been almost a year and a half since I examined this previously.

Ben's Blog

Where I've Ben

Safari 36.4%
Firefox 23.5%
Chrome 21.8%

Safari 44.0%
Chrome 21.4%
Firefox 9.5%

Safari 30.3%
IE 8 17.2%
IE 9 12.1%
Firefox 12.1%
IE 7 5.1%

Click on the charts to make them bigger and see the raw data.

I got this data from Site Meter. Here are the statistics for Ben's Blog, Where I've Ben, and Please weigh in on my assumptions and interpretations.

The page views on are so low (less than 1 per day) that I'd discard it statistically . I show it only that Internet Explorer shows up overwhelmingly here. My reading of that is that gets hit by more enterprise users than the other two.

Back to Ben's Blog and Where I've Ben. I think that the browser war is over. And the winner is not Internet Explorer. Not Firefox. Not Chrome. But Safari! Safari has a dominant share on both blogs.

Then the question came to mind, are these Mac users or iOS users? That's hard to tell from this chart but let's look at page views by operating system.

Ben's Blog

Where I've Ben

Win NT 29.8%
Unknown 29.5%
Win XP 13.7%
Mac OS X 12.8%

Unknown 44.4%
Mac OS X 19.8%
Win NT 12.3%
Win XP 11.1%
Linux UNIX 11.1%

Win NT 41.7%
Unknown 22.6%
Win XP 16.7%
Mac OS X 11.9%

Again, click on the charts to make them bigger and see the raw data.

Let's just concentrate on Ben's Blog and use the raw numbers.

Safari was 36.4% of the page views. Unfortunately iOS is not separated out in the Operating System numbers. And to confuse things, Android's browser calls itself "Safari."

Here's the signature from my iPad:

I know the Operating System says "Macintosh MacOSX" but I believe iOS is lumped into "Unknown."

Here's what a "real" Macintosh looks like. Notice the screen size.

And from my NOOK Color:

That really puts a kink in the numbers. But assuming that the usage of "Safari" is all on either Mac OS X, iOS, or Android we can back into it. Mac OS X was 12.8% of the page views. Linux UNIX was 8.0%. This leaves 23.6% of the page views from mobile devices with iOS leading with 15.6%. Mobile beats Firefox at 23.5% and we know that Firefox is floundering.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Google Voice II

Almost 3 years ago I posted about how I used Google Voice. Lots has changed since then so it's time for an update.

Since then I've continued to use Google Voice and become more dependent on it. So much that my wife got frustrated with the incoming calls at our house that started off with Google Voice's call screening. To mitigate this I am using a RingMaster number as part of my AT&T Complete Choice Enhanced service. This RingMaster number has distinctive ring so she can tell that the incoming call is for me. As Complete Choice has multiple RingMaster numbers I have a second Google Voice number for my wife that has its own distinctive ring.

One of the issues I noted in my original post regarding cellular mobile to mobile was covered here as not being an issue but I'll repeat that here for completeness. Don't worry about it for incoming calls.

Google Voice is now incorporated in Google Hosted Apps so contacts are shared between Google Voice and your Google Hosted Apps e-mail. And obviously these contacts are presented on your Android phone so the contacts and their management is now seamless. Nice.

In my original post I called "voice mail transcription (cute but really pretty worthless)." I stand by that. I'm disappointed that Google hasn't made any progress in that area. The only thing remotely useful in the transcriptions is telephone numbers.

Previously I mentioned "service disruptions." These are almost non-existent now. Rarely I have a call where the sound is choppy and that is always with one of the parties being on a mobile phone.

The Google Voice exchanges are sometimes new to the local phone network and I've had occasional issues with private telephone switches not recognizing the Google Voice exchange. This is always on SMB phone systems so I think it is a local administrator issue.

One of the most useful features is the Google Voice logs. The "History" log is a comprehensive history of all calls, incoming and outgoing, and text traffic. In addition to the expected information, e.g. number, date, time, status, etc., there is a "note" field. I use this to annotate the calls including the name of the caller if not in my Contacts. As expected there is a powerful search capability.

International calling rates are still the most attractive I've found. Basically calling a landline in Western Europe is 2¢ per minute. I am not a big international caller so I'm actually still running off the startup $1.00 credit Google gave me.


Google Voice still doesn't support MMS text messages, i.e. SMS with media. There is a workaround for Sprint customers described here but I'd still call that a hack.

Google Voice doesn't support fax. Although this is getting less and less pertinent it's still an issue when dealing with many businesses.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Messaging Clients

This is gonna take some noodling.

I've been using AIM for forever. I even played with MSN Messenger. Both of these clients got so heavily ad-based that they turned me off. And I had to have 2 clients installed and 2 different buddy lists.

Then I came across gaim. Don't go looking for it. It's gone. It has been replaced by pidgin. It's still client-based but consolidates the following protocols:

  • AIM
  • Bonjour
  • Gadu-Gadu
  • Google Talk
  • Groupwise
  • ICQ
  • IRC
  • MSN
  • MXit
  • MySpaceIM
  • SILC
  • Sametime
  • XMPP
  • Yahoo!
  • Zephyr

    But it's still client-based so I have to install it everywhere (yes there's a portable variation) and the logs are local to the application instance.

    Then I found meebo. It's web-based so there's no install and it consolidates the following protocols:

  • AIM
  • Yahoo!
  • Facebook
  • Windows Live (formerly MSN)
  • MySpaceIM
  • Google Talk
  • ICQ
  • Jabber
  • myyearbook

    Closer. And meebo even supports iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Symbian. But... MSN won't allow but a single logon per identity. This means that if I'm logged on to MSN at one computer using meebo and go to a second computer and logon to MSN using meebo, MSN force logs me off of the first computer. Then if I log off the second computer, I'm not logged on to MSN anywhere. I kept searching.

    I finally found Yep, web-based and supports the following protocols:

  • MSN
  • Skype
  • Facebook
  • Google Talk
  • AIM
  • ICQ
  • Yahoo!
  • Steam
  • VKontakte
  • Hyves
  • MySpaceIM
  • Jabber

    And imo supports iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, and Symbian.

    Here's the twist. imo establishes the sessions with their server, not your computer. Let that soak in. Now your MSN session is with imo's server and you can have multiple concurrent sessions.

    You can even go from one computer to another computer and pick up the conversation in progress. Really nice.

    imo optionally will maintain centralized logs and even encrypt them. And you can link your identities. What this means is that when you login to imo with one of your identities all of the linked identities will be logged in as well.

    Easily the best I've found so far.
  • Thursday, May 17, 2012

    Dreaded e-mail

    I got one of those dreaded e-mails this afternoon:
    This is a courtesy notice to let you know that your eBay password has been changed. No response is needed!
    I think a response IS NEEDED!

    Here's a screen shot of the e-mail:

    Notice the little gold key at the top left. This is Gmail verifying that the e-mail did actually come from eBay. That's about the last good thing in the e-mail. The e-mail is html so the link for you to go to "if you did not make this change" isn't simple text so the underlying link could be anything. Thankfully it is consistent but why make me worry? Next there is no way to navigate to the eBay location without using that link. In other words, you can't just type in the URL field and navigate independently of the e-mail. That is Rule One of links in e-mails: Ignore them and type them yourself. Remember the IP address in the e-mail. We'll look at that in a minute.

    So off I went.

    Look at the site information that Chrome presented from that link:

    The identity of this website has not been identified.

    Your connection to is not encrypted.

    Site Information:
    You have never visited this site before today.
    None of that made me feel very good.

    For comparison here's what eBay looks like when I login:

    Much more comfortable. That's what I'd like to see when I think my password has been hacked.

    I followed the links and called eBay. I was on hold less than a minute. The agent e-mailed me a link to reset my password.

    That was a plain text e-mail. Much better.

    I did that and all was fine.

    Here's the e-mail I got from eBay that I'd changed my password:

    html again. Interesting how different that is than the fraudulent one. Why?

    Now let's step back some.

    That first e-mail had the IP address that changed my password: does a good lookup on it. It was from a Verizon broadband customer in the Boston area. Nope, I haven't been to Boston lately.

    Interestingly when I did get logged in to eBay, I could tell that the hacker had actually used my account.

    Yeah, I know how to spell "Ford Explorer" and I'm not looking for a '79 Trans Am parts car. I did have a '79 Trans Am once and parts are all it's good for.

    Well, that was an exciting afternoon but seems that all is well.

    Sunday, May 13, 2012

    DSL Bandwidth

    I've blogged about DSL before and about bandwidth before but never about DSL bandwidth so here goes.

    There are always rumblings about bandwidth caps among the carriers, both landline and wireless. While I'm not a huge user of bandwidth that got me interested in what I was using.

    Fortunately I'm using dd-wrt in my home router. One of the administration screens shows you the WAN bandwidth over time. Here's what one month's looks like.

    I've been capturing this month by month and graphing this.

    So I'm just below 3 Gb down per month. That spike back in the summer of 2011 is the month before my TechNet subscription lapsed.

    I'm not sure that this is actionable right now but is interesting nevertheless.

    Sunday, May 06, 2012

    Another iSecret

    I talked about my descent into Appleland. I have to admit that I've continued that descent. A co-worker of mine just had to have a "new iPad." He had a practically new iPad 2 that I took off his hands. Do you think I might buy a Mac next?

    I did a factory reset on the iPad 2 and restored my wife's iPhone 4 from iTunes. That worked fine.

    One thing I can't figure out is how to synchronize the Camera Rolls between the iPhone and the iPad. I turned on iCloud for the Photo Stream but that didn't do it. I'll keep looking.

    I was looking for the Logitech Zagg case but started with an Acase. It works like Apple's Smart Cover.

    Then I found the Logitech case on 1SaleADay for $20 and jumped on it.

    I'm still searching for the Holy Grail of using a tablet to take notes in a business setting. I tried a Bluetooth keyboard on my TouchPad. Close but no cigar.

    I tried a Google search and turned up the MyScript Memo app.

    I had picked up a stylus on sale at BestBuy so I was ready.

    The ability of MyScript to recognize handwriting is amazing. Even my wife can't read my handwriting but MyScript does. The app as downloaded from iTunes is really just a demo app as you can't save the recognized text. There's an in-app purchase for $2.99 to enable all the features.

    Here's my handwriting.

    The gray area below the handwriting is a movable palm shield.

    Here's the recognized text.

    Then I selected to send the text via e-mail.

    There are a couple of issues. You only have that one screen to write on. Then you have to create another "note." Takes 2 taps. Also the formatting is severely limited which isn't a big deal except that you either can specify that there is a carriage return at the end of each line or there are no carriage returns.