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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • In browser statistics for years, I've seen figures for Macs that are close to 2%. A couple of years ago it was below 2%. Now it is above. Are these figures really accurate? Not entirely, and they'll vary significantly from site to site. But the consistency with which they are close to 2% strongly suggests that somewhere near 2% of web browsers (which should be a pretty good cross-section of computer users) are on macs.

    For the first example that I found through Google, take a look at who visits w3schools [w3schools.com]. You'll find that from March 2003 to the end of 2003, mac usage there climbed from 1.8% to 2.3%. This year it has climbed from 2.4% to 2.6%. If it continues that, and that reflects the whole market accurately, perhaps some day people will call it 3% of the market. (Though people's views have inertia - probably won't happen until well after it is true.)

    Another random example [avitop.com] gives 2.4%. I don't know what we get at work [rent.com], but I think that it was near 2%. And then these guys [radok.com] claim to get 3%, I don't know what their traffic looks like though.