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TPC Survey '97

Paul Cipywnyk

Thanks to everyone who filled in surveys at the January and February meetings!

We have forwarded your responses, complete with e-mail addresses to "XXX.com," "SPAM_Inc.com," and "MostWanted@INTERPOL.org."

O.K, seriously, I'm sure you're all dying to know what the "average" TPC user profile looks like. Well, the "average" TPC survey respondent is running Windows 95 on a Pentium CPU with 16-32MB of RAM.

Over two-thirds of respondents have an Internet account, and "frequently" use the Internet for e-mail and for browsing the WWW. While about the same number say they log on to the TPC BBS, the number of "frequent" users in any of the categories was low. Interest in the Internet was very high—I'll talk more about this later.

Only two respondents rated themselves as computer "beginners," but don't less this scare you away if you're a newbie—we welcome all levels of users.

NOTE: Totals within sections DO NOT always add up -- as some did not answer all questions, etc.

Total Number of Surveys Answered:36
Members:27
Non-members:9
How long have you been a member?
Less than 1 year:4
One to two years:5
Three to four years:7
More than five years:11
Have served on the executive:8
Interested in serving on the exec or volunteering:16
Computer Experience
Advanced:10
Upper Int.:13
Lower Int.:11
Beginner:2

A little less than half of respondents work in either the computer hardware or software fields. Almost everyone who answered the survey uses computers both at work and at home.

Job in computer hard/software:16
Use computer at work:35
Use computer at home:34
Use mostly at work:16
Use mostly at home:8
Use about even:12

Microsoft operating systems--judging from traffic on the BBS, nobody loves them, but it also appears that almost nobody will leave them! The main operating systems used were some version of Windows. DOS-only die-hards were matched by Linux wizards. Looks like OS/2 is dead for TPCers. About a quarter used a Japanese OS.

Main Operating System:
DOS3
Win 3.X6
Win 9520
Win NT3
OS/2 2.X0
OS/2 3.X0
OS/2 4.X0
Linux/Unix3
Mac1

Of the above, 9 said main OS was Japanese

Secondary OS:
DOS5
Win 3.X4
Win 958
Win NT3
OS/2 2.X0
OS/2 3.X1
OS/2 4.X1
Linux/Unix1
Mac4

Of the above, 8 said second OS was Japanese

People appear to be running fairly powerful computers. Almost two-thirds had Pentiums, and a bit less than a quarter had 486s. Most had over 8MB of RAM, with almost a third stocked with over 32MB. Only two respondents didn't have a modem, and of those who did, almost all were running at 28.8Kbps or faster.

CPU
2861
3862
4868
Pentium22
Pentium Pro1
Other1
RAM
<=4MB2
<=8MB2
<=16MB12
<=32MB10
Over 32MB10
Modem
None2
<=9,600bps1
14.4Kbps3
28.8Kbps25
33.6Kbps3
ISDN64K1
Fax Modem, Yes:31
Send faxes, Yes:21
Receive faxes, Yes:12

TPC BBS Use:

About two-thirds said they use the TPC BBS, but it appears that there are few "moderate" or "frequent" users in any category. I would like to add, though, that our SYSOP, Frank Angstead, says his logs show that more people use the BBS for Internet e-mail access than is indicated by this survey. The BBS recently moved and the numbers changed--please check the numbers elsewhere in this newsletter and log on!

Use the BBS, Yes:21
I use the BBS for:
Chat
Never4
Occasionally2
Moderately7
Frequently8
Life in Tokyo/Japan help
Never23
Occasionally5
Moderately6
Frequently1
Computer hard/software help
Never19
Occasionally7
Moderately5
Frequently4
Computer hard/software news/info
Never18
Occasionally6
Moderately7
Frequently4
Shareware files
Never21
Occasionally11
Moderately2
Frequently1
File Transfer
Never28
Occasionally2
Moderately4
Frequently1
Internet e-mail
Never27
Occasionally4
Moderately2
Frequently2

People could circle the following canned comments as to why they don't use the BBS:

Too difficult to use3
Not interesting1
Not useful1

Internet

A lot of people use the Internet, as over two-thirds said they have a personal account. People use the net heavily for e-mail and WWW browsing. It appears that FTPing files is also quite popular, as is subscribing to mail-lists, but USENET newsgroups aren't used very much. Nobody in the survey said they use Internet chat or telephony.

Internet Use:
Do you access Internet at work or school?
Yes27
No9
Do you have a personal Internet account?
Yes27
No9
If no, do you plan to get an account within this year?
Yes1
No
Have you accessed the TPC site on the WWW?
Yes17
No19
My company/school has a site on the WWW
Yes20
No16
I have a personal home page on the WWW
Yes13
No23
I use the following on the Internet:
E-mail
Never7
Occasionally1
Moderately1
Frequently27
Mail lists
Never19
Occasionally4
Moderately4
Frequently9
USENET Newsgroups
Never17
Occasionally5
Moderately8
Frequently6
World Wide Web
Never7
Occasionally2
Moderately5
Frequently22
FTP
Never13
Occasionally7
Moderately5
Frequently10
Telnet
Never19
Occasionally10
Moderately4
Frequently3
IRC (Chat)
Never30
Occasionally6
Moderately0
Frequently0
Internet Telephony
Never31
Occasionally5
Moderately0
Frequently0
My WWW browser is:
Netscape 1.X0
Netscape 2.X7
Netscape 3.X17
MSIE 2.X0
MSIE 3.X4

Purpose of Meetings:

It looks like we are as much, if not more, of a social club, than a hardcore computing club. Socializing and networking (of the face-to-face variety) outranked help and learning.

(note: scale of 1-4 from Not Important to Very Important)

Socializing
1:4
2:5
3:11
4:16
Total:111
Networking face-to-face
1:5
2:5
3:11
4:15
Total:108
Help with hard/software problems
1:5
2:10
3:10
4:11
Total:99
Computer-related information/education
1:4
2:4
3:14
4:14
Total:110

Topics and Interests

Well, it's the internet by a mile, folks. If we throw in the "communications software" category, internet-related topics took six of the Top 10 positions. Rounding out the Top 10 were "hardware," "operating systems," and "bilingual English/Japanese computing." (For more on this last one, see Ken Cotton's article on page 10)

I am interested in the following presentations or topics:

(Note: scale 1-4 from Not Interested to Very Interested)

(Note 2: If most of a survey had been filled in, but some answers for particular item were blank, I treated them as being "1" -- Not Interested)

(Note 3: The lowest a category could possibly score is 36, and the highest would be 144.)

Internet in general
1:5
2:3
3:8
4:20
Total:115
How to use and search the Internet efficiently
1:6
2:3
3:7
4:20
Total:113
Communications software
1:5
2:3
3:14
4:14
Total:109
Hardware (new, how to use)
1:5
2:5
3:14
4:12
Total:105
Operating systems (new, how to use)
1:4
2:8
3:13
4:11
Total:103
How to publish and maintain a home page
1:8
2:7
3:5
4:16
Total:101
Bilingual English/Japanese computing
1:7
2:10
3:8
4:11
Total:95
Graphics software
1:9
2:9
3:7
4:11
Total:92
Social implications/ramifications of computers/Internet
1:10
2:9
3:5
4:12
Total:91
How to access the Internet
1:9
2:9
3:9
4:9
Total:90
Word processing software
1:10
2:8
3:10
4:8
Total:88
Application macros, simple scripts, etc.
1:12
2:7
3:6
4:11
Total:88
Remote Access
1:11
2:9
3:6
4:10
Total:87
LANs/Networking
1:14
2:6
3:5
4:11
Total:85
Database software
1:9
2:13
3:8
4:6
Total:83
JavaScript
1:14
2:5
3:9
4:8
Total:83
Java
1:14
2:4
3:11
4:7
Total:83
Desktop Publishing (DTP)
1:9
2:16
3:3
4:8
Total:82
Programming in general
1:12
2:9
3:4
4:10
Total:82
Video software
1:11
2:12
3:7
4:6
Total:80
Audio/Music software
1:13
2:9
3:9
4:5
Total:78
Visual Basic
1:16
2:4
3:10
4:6
Total:78
Presentation software
1:13
2:11
3:8
4:4
Total:75
Visual Basic for Applications
1:15
2:8
3:8
4:5
Total:75
C/C++
1:17
2:7
3:6
4:6
Total:73
Personal Information Management (PIMs)
1:16
2:10
3:6
4:4
Total:70
Spreadsheets
1:17
2:8
3:7
4:4
Total:70
Perl
1:18
2:8
3:5
4:5
Total:69
Games
1:20
2:8
3:3
4:5
Total:65
Delphi
1:23
2:7
3:3
4:3
Total:58

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Most9
All18
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Bad0
So-so2
O.K.14
Good15
The content is:
Too easy1
Alright29
Tough1
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March, 1997

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