Friday, February 22, 2008

Who's that peekin' round the bend?

Like most bloggers, I enjoy a little voyeuristic peek into who is visiting my blog now and again.

Tools such as SiteMeter and other hit counter/tracker type objects make it easy to not only track where the hits are coming from, but provide a bevy of other information about the hittees as well.

Such as this bit of info I screenshot recently from my own SiteMeter logs...specifically, look at the sixth category down, "Operating System."

Yes, you can run Windoze on a Mac. And according to this Mac ad (and PC World magazine), it apparently can run faster.

Unfortunately, the Microserf excuse-for-an-OS will still be as buggy, and ugly, and nonsense ridden, and cryptic as ever, regardless of what computer it's being run on.

Like putting a Yugo motor in a Shelby Cobra. It may start, and run, and get you to the grocery store once in awhile, but you'd be constantly wondering when (not if) the sad excuse for a vehicular powerplant was going to blue screen you, leaving you stranded by the side of the road.

And yes, I too enjoyed the irony that the hittee in this particular instance was using a corporate IBM connection to browse my blog.

So, near as I can figure, this person was an IBM employee, running WindozeXP on a Mac.

Course, I could have misinterpreted the data and be totally wrong.

But if not...sweet.


Malaise Inc said...

An IBM person using a Mac is funny, but would be funnier if IBM hadn't sold off their PC business to Lenovo almost 3 years ago.

OKDad said...

Don't know how much funnier it can get...until Legend Beijing (Lenovo) buys Dell and HP sometime in the near future.

Better off that Apple has such a miniscule market share...not as tempting a target for acquisition.

From the Lenovo website...
In 1984,...11 computer scientists in Beijing, China also had a vision – to create a company that would bring the advantages of information technology to the Chinese people. With $25,000 in seed money and the determination to turn their research into successful products, the 11 engineers and researchers set up shop in a loaned space – a small, one-story bungalow in Beijing. The company they founded, Legend, opened the new era of consumer PCs in China.

Malaise Inc said...

the 11 engineers and researchers set up shop in a loaned space – a small, one-story bungalow in Beijing.

I always heard that the Chinese were rather casual about intellectual property. It seems they have appopriated the H-P creation story.

Anonymous said...

I think you're going to have to look "tall and thin" for your answer my friend.

-M. said...

Ahh, I've been ratted out. What can I say I was testing browsers at the time. Actually when IBM was making the PowerPC chips they were making more money off every mac laptop then IBM laptop selling. (The reason I was told they sold off the ThinkPad division.) There is still about 30% Mac laptops here in the research building I work in. Basically you can request a ThinkPad or MacBook Pro.

OKDad said...

Ah, the mysterious "M" outs himself. Thanks for the scoop.