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Top 10 Blog Posts of 2009

The 2009 wall calendar is now tossed in recycling bin, and I look to 2010 with renewed energy and dedication.  But I did want to take once last parting look at 2009, from the perspective of this blog’s server logs.

Top Blog Posts

  1. Update on ODF Spreadsheet Interoperability (May 2009)
  2. ODF Lies and Whispers (June 2009)
  3. A Game of Zendo (July 2006)
  4. A follow-up on Excel 2007 SP2’s ODF support (May 2009)
  5. The Final OOXML Update: Part I (October 2009)
  6. The Formats of Excel 2007 (January 2007)
  7. The Final OOXML Update: Part III (October 2009)
  8. Taking Control of Your Documents March 2009)
  9. The Battle for ODF Interoperability (May 2009)
  10. The Chernobyl Design Pattern (October 2006)

Top Browsers

  • Firefox: 57.3%
  • Internet Explorer: 22.9%
  • Safari: 5.2%
  • Mozilla 4.7%
  • Chrome: 3.8%
  • Opera: 3.4%
  • Mobile (various browsers): 1.4%
  • Konqueror :1.3%

Top Operating Systems

  • Windows: 62.1%
  • Linux 26.8%
  • Mac 9.7%
  • Mobile 1.4%
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  • willrob 2010/01/06, 2:43 am

    Loved to see Linux up at 26.8% share at the “Top Operating Systems”. Suppose it’s your home clicks stat, doesn’t it?

    You guys rock !!! Keep it strong at your FLOSS venture will, and good 2010.

  • Rob 2010/01/06, 8:07 am

    The stats are based on “visits”. As many readers know, at the level of the HTTP protocol, all you have is requests and responses, for HTML pages, for embedded Javascript, CSS, image files, etc. So a single page load can involve dozens of HTTP requests. So when figuring out statistics like this you need to apply some sort of heuristic to get meaningful results. In this case I’m defining a “visit” to include all HTTP requests from an IP address who visits the site with no more than 30 minutes of inactivity. So if you come and visit and view just the home page and then leave, then that is one visit. If, instead, you go directly to a linked article, that is one visit. If you go to a linked article and then view 20 other pages, without 30 minutes of inactivity, that is also one visit. But if you come again tomorrow (after more than 30 minutes of inactivity) then that is counted as another visit.

    If you try to get more clever than that you soon get into trouble. For example, you might want try measure based in IP address alone. But how many of us keep the same IP address for a year? How many of us keep the same operating system or same Linux distro for a year? How many of us surf the web from only one machine during a year?

    There appears to be some interest in the Linux numbers, so here is a breakdown of that 26.8%:

    Ubuntu: 12.5%
    Linux (no distro specified): 7.1%
    Debian: 2.4%
    Fedora: 2.3%
    SUSE: 1.4%
    Gentoo: 0.8%
    Red Hat: 0.3%
    Slackware <0.1%

    Of course, my readers are particularly enlightened and I don't claim that these numbers are reflective of the global population of web visitors.

  • Jakub Narębski 2010/01/08, 5:29 am

    If it is “Top 10 Blog Posts of 2009”, then why I see there:

    3. A Game of Zendo (July 2006)
    6. The Formats of Excel 2007 (January 2007)

    Unless they got updated in 2009, I wonder why posts from other years do it here.

    P.S. No preview button?

  • Rob 2010/01/08, 11:51 am

    These are the top 10 most-visited posts in 2009. They are not the top 10 most-visited posts written in 2009.

    And let me look into that preview button…


  • Jakub Narębski 2010/01/08, 7:21 pm

    The title is “Top 10 Blog Posts of 2009”, not “Top 10 Most-visited Blog Posts in 2009”; that’s why I was confused.

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