Printer Survey Results December 2007

The initial analysis of our December 2007 Printer Survey results.

Novice Users

54.8%…All in One Inkjet
29.7%…Inkjet
5.2%…Laser
4.3%…All in One Laser

Intermediate Users

47.5%…All in One Inkjet
36.4%…Inkjet
9.9%…Laser
3.9%…All in One Laser

The typical inkjet printer owner spends about $80 annually in the $30 billion dollar a year ink-jet cartridge market. (Lyra Research)

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PC Pitstop PC Information Results

Our September 2007 survey polled the folks visiting the PC Pitstop web site to determine just how intimate people are with their PCs. Nine out of ten people surveyed indicated that they knew the manufacturer of their PC, the size of their hard drives and how much RAM is installed. Almost as many indicated that they remember the model number of their PC and who manufactured the CPU. No surprises there. These are the common attributes that PC marketers highlight in their ads and that most people look for when buying a PC.

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Blizzard of SPAM


Pitstop users face a blizzard of spam – mostly aimed at the crotch.

The PC Pitstop users report they face more of a storm of spam than they did two years ago, with most of it aimed at sex, drugs and the theory that “bigger is better.”

The survey found that anyone who suffers from erectile dysfunction or is interested in increased penis size (including women) seems to have plenty of spam-delivered options. Pitstop users also reported a deluge of spam for software sales, Web greeting cards and excited emails from lawyers claiming the recipients have inherited money from strangers.

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PC Pitstop Online Video Survey Results

The PC Pitstop June 2007 survey took a look at how people are adapting to and using online video. Improvements in technologies and bandwidth have opened up a whole new way for how information is being shared and accessed on the internet. 40% of the folks that answered our survey indicate that they are frequently watching online news videos. Web sites such as YouTube.com and MySpace.come are basically allowing anyone, with a PC and the desire, to make and share their online videos with the world.

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PC Pitstop PC Obsolescence Survey Results

The results of our May 2007 PC Gaming Survey have been analyzed. How many people use the various shortcuts or media features on their computer?

The significant highlights:

  • Over 70% of people under twenty reported not having a fax modem.
  • Almost 70% of people never use that menu button by the spacebar. Right-click does the same thing. It takes more energy to take your hand off the mouse than it does to right-click, however.
  • Not even 2% of people who responded use the SysRq key. Maybe it’s time to take that off the keyboard.

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PC Pitstop PC Gaming Survey Results

The results of our April 2007 PC Gaming Survey have been analyzed. Below are some of our findings.

Almost everyone has a favorite PC game. Almost 96% of the responders to our survey indicate that they play one or more PC games on a regular basis. While the games that are loaded with the Windows operating systems are not as addictive as other types, almost 70% indicated that they occasionally or regularly play these free games.

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PC Pitstop Vista Survey Results

The results of our February and March 2007 Vista Survey are in. Our initial analysis of the survey data is found below.

In summary, the results of our survey are generally not good news for Microsoft. While Microsoft’s ‘The “Wow” starts now’ tag line for Vista marketing focuses attention to its visual and graphic capabilities, the software giant appears to have under-estimated the importance of marketing the more tangible benefits that PC users want or expect. Our survey results indicate a significant amount of uncertainty or confusion by PC users as to the benefits of upgrading to Vista.

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PC Pitstop Storage and Backup Survey Results

The results of our December 2006 Storage and Backup Survey are in. Our initial analysis of the survey data is found below.

An astounding 27.5% of people never backup their hard drive, and 13% do it once a year. Personally, I backup once a month, and I really should do it more often. I am the owner of about 5 PC’s, and due to the law of averages, I experience about 1 hard drive crash a year. If you think of all the important information one stores on their PC’s, pictures, emails, work, videos, it would be a crime to lose all of this due to procrastinating a backup.

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Wireless Networking Survey

The results of our September 2006 Wireless Networking Survey are in. The overall survey summary results are shown below.

Almost 49% have never used a public wireless hotspot. Nearly 26% of those surveyed admit to using someone else’s wireless connection without authorization. In addition, 39% don’t know if anyone has used their wireless network without permission.

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Anti Spyware Software Trends

As the spyware companies invent new and innovative ways to sneak software onto your PC, we, users, fight back by installing anti spyware software to detect and eradicate the egregious software.

The graph below represents slightly over a million computers tested at PC Pitstop from Feb 2005 through Sep 2005. Each computers Add/Remove software program list is analyzed for the anti spyware software shown below. The red $ signs indicate products that are for sale, and the rest are free downloads.

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