I'm kind of a geek. Most of my friends at least have geek leanings. My new job is the first one I've had that hasn't been terribly geeky. It's opening my eyes to all sorts of bizarre trends.
In October, both Microsoft and The Mozilla Foundation updated their (free) web browsers. On the 18th, Microsoft released IE7. On The 24th, Mozilla released Firefox 2.0. Since then, 51% of the visitors to archGFX have used firefox, and 39% have used internet explorer. (not surprising, given the nature of my site, although certainly not typical).
The most disturbing difference between the two types of visitors is the version of the browser they are using.
56% of firefox users upgraded to the new version. Firefox didn't make the update automatic, so the people who updated had to find their way to the download site on their own, and choose to upgrade. Note that 188.8.131.52 was released after 2.0, so those people recieved automatic updates. the 14% who didn't are disturbing. not as disturbing as:
Internet Explorer was pushed out via automatic updates in the first week of november. That means that 81% of the people who use internet explorer either don't have automatic updates turned on, or opted out of the license agreement.