TPC Survey '97
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.
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.
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.
Of the above, 9 said main OS was Japanese
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.
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!
People could circle the following canned comments as to why they don't use the BBS:
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.
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)
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.)
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