2008 State of the Web survey results now available

The results of the 2008 State of the Web survey are now available. Some highlights:

  • Nearly half the respondents use Mac OS X Leopard, and over half use a non Windows Operating system. Windows XP still outweighs Windows Vista among these users by a factor of 4 to 1 as their operating system of choice.
  • Just a small majority, less than 5%, use any version of Internet Explorer as their primary browser, while Firefox dominates as the browser for choice, with over 60% market share. Safari 3 follows with 21%, and the much talked about Chrome on just 4%.
  • Only a tiny handful use Internet Explorer 8 beta as their browser of choice.
  • Despite the hype of the iPhone, less than 20% of respondents use the mobile web, and a similar number develop sites optimized for mobiles.

Stumbleupon email to Confirm your email address -‏ scam or spam?

I recently received an email reportedly from StumbleUpon with the subject line ‘Confirm your email address’. My initial reaction was that it was a phishing attack (where someone wants to access your account), spam related activity or some other form of scam.

The email is copied below, and is asking me to click on a link to confirm my email address. This is not an attack or scam, because the link is going to www.stumbleupon.com. It is absolutely critical to confirm that the link that is printed in the message matches the actual website, you verify this by copying and pasting the link into a text file.

There is reference to this email on a Stumbleupon forum and it is mentioned as being legitimate, likely as part of a form of housekeeping of even a form of spam minimization by Stumbleupon (because a human needs to reply to this email).

Hello, scottcarpenter.

Thanks for using StumbleUpon. Please click the link below to confirm your email address:

http://www.stumbleupon.com/verifyuser.php?email=[EMAIL ADDRESS]&verification=[VERIFICATION]
Clicking this link confirms your email address and protects your privacy. Soon, you’ll need a verified email address to access all of the features available on StumbleUpon.

Thanks!
— StumbleUpon Community Support
Questions? Send a note to privacy@stumbleupon.com.

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Put the world on your desktop!

How would you like to have a stunning image of the Earth as your computer desktop? How about an image that includes satellite cloud images so you can track hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons? One that shows where it is day and night anywhere in the world?

If so I invite you to check out Earth Desk – an amazing dynamic desktop program that includes these features -

  • Real-time clouds (updated at 3-hour intervals) with transparency and moonlight reflection.
  • Accurate sun, moon and city lighting.
  • High quality twilight shading.
  • Automatically updates when waking from sleep.
  • Moonlight shading can be turned on or off.
  • Complete multi-display support.
  • Eleven different map projections.
  • Includes both satellite and political maps.

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Create PDF documents easily and for free

PDF is an extremely popular document format, and for good reason. The popular PDF viewer software Adobe Reader is free and widely installed – if you send a PDF document to your customer it will be unusual if they cannot open it on their computer.

If you wish to create PDF documents I invite you to try doPDF, a free PDF converter for both personal and commercial use. You can create PDF documents from Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and other programs.

To create the PDF document all you have to do is ‘print’ the document – just like printing a document to a physical printer, but instead you will create a PDF document.

The screenshot below demonstrates how easy this is – select Print, choose the ‘doPDF’ printer, and click Ok to create your PDF document.

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Over one fifth of Australians use Firefox

According to a 2006 survey by Neilsen Net Ratings, over one fifth of Australian internet users use the free Mozilla Firefox web browser.

In a report detailing Australian internet use in 2006, Nielsen reported that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was still dominant in the market, with 81 per cent. Firefox accounted for 22 per cent of the market, while Apple’s Safari, which shares some open source code with Firefox, was the third most popular at 5 per cent.

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WordPress 2.0.7 released

Hot on the heels of the WordPress 2.0.6 release comes 2.0.7! This is a recommended update and contains a fix to a security issue.

WordPress 2.0.6 Released

WordPress 2.0.6 has been released. Available in this update is an important security fix, and the following new features -

  • HTML quicktags now work in Safari browsers.
  • Comments are filtered to prevent them from messing up your blog layout.
  • Compatibility with PHP/FastCGI setups.