Category: OS

More stats on OS and browser share

At the begin­ning of May I wrote an arti­cle with some stats on OS and brows­er share and, per­haps labour­ing under the mis­ap­pre­hen­sion that some peo­ple found it inter­est­ing, have decid­ed to revis­it those stats after rough­ly three months have passed.

The fig­ures are tak­en from the peri­od 27th April to 27th July, and are the mean aver­age of two dif­fer­ent sites I man­age. For more details on audi­ence and traf­fic I refer you back to the pre­vi­ous article.

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Some stats on OS and browser share

Last week on Twit­ter I shared some brows­er and OS sta­tis­tics from a site I man­age. These turned out to be quite pop­u­lar, so I’ve decid­ed to expand on them a lit­tle fur­ther, and also add the stats from anoth­er site I man­age, to broad­en the base num­bers a lit­tle. I’m not try­ing to make any point here, just shar­ing a lit­tle bit of ana­lyt­ics data. If there’s any inter­est in my doing so, I’ll pro­vide fur­ther updates in the future; leave a com­ment if there’s any­thing in par­tic­u­lar you’d like to know.

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Firefox 3.6 uses the W3C File API

Last month the W3C released a work­ing draft of the File API, which defines the basic rep­re­sen­ta­tions for files, lists of files, errors raised by access to files, and pro­gram­mat­ic ways to read files. The Fire­fox team have already imple­ment­ed much of it, and have released a series of impres­sive demos on hacks.mozilla.org, which you can see if you have a recent beta of Fire­fox 3.6 (or a night­ly trunk build).

The four demos shown to date dis­play dif­fer­ent (although relat­ed) aspects of the API, show­ing first mul­ti­ple file uploads, then a drag and drop upload inter­face, next adding progress infor­ma­tion (although this does­n’t work for me), then read­ing EXIF data from a JPEG image. You can imag­ine how these com­bined would be used for native drag and drop upload­ing to Flickr, for example.

The File API plays a big part in inte­grat­ing the brows­er more tight­ly with the OS, par­tic­u­lar­ly when com­bined with the drag and drop func­tion­al­i­ty, and I’m sure it’s only a mat­ter of time until the oth­er browsers imple­ment this. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the Fire­fox team for their work on this, and hacks.mozilla.org for some great demos.


Where is Safari 3?

Why has­n’t Safari 3 come out of Beta yet? Leop­ard was released weeks ago, and Safari 3.04 was includ­ed in that; pre­sum­ably that was a full release ver­sion and not a Beta, so why has­n’t a full release hap­pened for oth­er OS’s yet? I under­stand the Win­dows ver­sion might be delayed a lit­tle, but the Tiger version?


Mozilla Prism: Am I missing something?

Although they did­n’t cre­ate the con­cept, Mozil­la pop­u­larised tabbed brows­ing with the release of Fire­fox. Tabbed brows­ing is, of course, a very good thing; the old IE mod­el of hav­ing a sep­a­rate win­dow for every instance of a site you open became unman­age­able when com­put­ers got more pow­er­ful and web­sites no longer slowed down the whole machine. Now all of the major browsers fea­ture the tabbed interface.

Which makes Mozil­la’s lat­est inven­tion, Prism, seem a bit of a weird step backwards;

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Bringing out the GIMP

As an Ubun­tu user at home, I don’t have the option of installing imag­ing soft­ware such as Pho­to­shop. Luck­i­ly, the best free and open-source alter­na­tive, GIMP, has just released a new ver­sion — and it’s fantastic.

While it does­n’t per­haps have quite the myr­i­ad of fea­tures that Adobe’s prod­uct does, it does have every tool I’ve ever need­ed (and a few more besides). Like Pho­to­shop it’s equal­ly good for pho­to manip­u­la­tion and web graph­ics cre­ation; this intro­duc­tion gives a good overview of its func­tions, and there are more detail in the fea­tures and release notes pages.

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Aside

I’ve updat­ed my Speak­ing page to include more con­fer­ences, more videos, and a lit­tle on my speak­ing require­ments and pref­er­ences. I’m plan­ning to cut down on the num­ber of talks I give in 2014 (twelve is too many), but am always open to inter­est­ing offers and oppor­tu­ni­ties, so please get in touch if you’re organ­is­ing an event.

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