Archive for September, 2005

Firefox take-up slows to a crawl – are they losing their way?

Friday, September 30th, 2005

It's stats day!

According to InformationWeek, the take-up of Firefox has slowed to 1% per five months, compared to when it was released when it was notching up 1% per month. Based on these figures it's unlikely that [tag]Firefox[/tag] will reach 10% by the end of the year.

There's no doubt that there are many loyal Firefox users out there and that it's unlikely that the user numbers will decline much (but data from NetApplications is suggesting a small decline) but I think that the problems that Firefox will have to face up to and deal with to even reach double digit figures are huge.

First, the browser market offers a lot of choice, and this month saw [tag]Opera[/tag] going free. As I've said before, current stats show Opera to be a far more secure browser than either Firefox or [tag]Internet Explorer[/tag]. Having marketed Firefox as a secure browser and then these claims coming up short, those looking for security might be tempted to head over to Opera. The loyal Firefoxers will stay Firefox, but those looking for security may move camps. How big a hemorrhage this would be it's hard to tell but they are certainly vulnerable to some losses here. In a free market people become fickle and it could be that the main growth spurt that browser makers will see is when there's the buzz of a new version. Also, just think about it, just how loyal can you be over a browser? Just how jazzed can anyone be over a new version?

And finally, if marketing Firefox under the banner of security is a dead duck, just how is it going to be marketed? The problem as I see it is that the average web user doesn't see anything wrong with Internet Explorer. They don't care about CSS standards and given the speed of internet connections and the power of PCs, speed is now a moot point. In fact, I've seen and heard of many who took the Firefox route who went back to Internet Explorer for a variety of reasons.

There are tough times ahead for Firefox.

(This one again via ZDNet)

20% of US households have home network

Friday, September 30th, 2005

InfoTrends/CAP Ventures report (via ZDNet) that nearly 20% of US households have a data home network.

So, I guess it's time for me to post some home network tips on this blog!

Dell to end free delivery on PCs

Friday, September 30th, 2005

Starting on October 10, [tag]Dell[/tag]'s free shipping offer on basic models will apply only to people who pick up their systems from the post office. The fee for home delivery had not been determined but to give you an idea, back in the days when delivery wasn't bundled in with the price for a Dell as it is now it used to be, after taxes, around £60 ($105) in the UK, at a time when you could get a system delivered from a company like [tag]Novatech[/tag] for around £10 ($17).

Expect it not to be cheap!

Top 10 signs you’re reading a bad computer book – #6

Friday, September 30th, 2005

Top 10 signs you're reading a bad computer book.

At #6:

Top 10 signs you're reading a bad computer book!

Be careful what you put on your website!

Friday, September 30th, 2005 were sure surprised when they put a [tag]spoof[/tag] [tag]iPod[/tag] ad on their website. The ad was downloaded so many times that the site used 478 Gigabytes of bandwidth in 4 days. Problem - they only had a plan that allowed for 60 GB a month! Result - over-usage fees of $17,000! Fortunately for them they struck a deal with their web host which means that they only have to pay $129 a month for six months instead.

Moral of the story - be careful what you put on your website!

BTW, you can check out the video at a number of sites linked to from the site above.