Snow Leopard more interesting than Windows 7? & News bytes 16/12/09

Twitter Trends for 2009 – Microsoft beaten by Apple and Google?

The Twitter blog is showing the most popular trends for 2009.  What is interesting is that in the technology section it shows Snow Leopard ranking 2 places higher than Windows 7.

This surprises me for a couple of reasons.  Firstly I would think (from seeing them in action) that Microsoft has far more Twitter accounts (official and un) than Apple.  Secondly the IMO awful Windows 7 party ads that computer users from Linux/Windows/Apple camps found disgusting didn’t manage to push #Windows 7 as high.  Is that saying something about the consumers choice in the high street?

After Vista can Microsoft really manage to take another hit? and especially one on its Vista 7? You can see all the popular trends from Twitter here:

Its worth noting though that the most popular technology trend was Google Wave.

Whilst we are on the subject of Twitter, on their blog they also announce that they are now looking into services for business.  You can read more about that here:

Noooooo! Its “evil proprietary drivers”!?!

Nvidia have today released their updated Linux/BSD Solaris drivers both in 32 and 64bit flavors.  Visit the official homepage: For me the one piece of proprietary that is always with my distro!

Take the 5th Microsoft!

Cnet speak with Microsoft in relation to its EU anti-trust issues and in my opinion the answers you get are pretty much the ones you would expect, IMO trying to suggest everything is “cosy” between Microsoft and the anti-trust body.  One answer though was of interest and it was in regards to the Plurk fiasco we covered the other day.  When asked if there was some agreement to be reached between Microsoft and Plurk, the response was:

I wouldn’t want to say anything that goes beyond the public statement we put out.

Probably for the best.

You can read that article here: and of course this article was written in addition to the news that the EU has settled with agreement on its anti-trust case.  You can read that article here.

Paris Hilton’s Linux distro?

I wouldn’t think so, more someones idea of a joke, buts its a rather humorous article on Paris featuring Tux.  Observers of Paris said:

Many Linux users said they appreciate the exposure a star like Paris Hilton can give to the Linux movement, and added that they can “appreciate someone who can compile without panties on.”

You can read the full “article” here:

Android making inroads into iPhone apps?

Its being reported that Android apps has hit the 20,000 mark, going some way to reaching the 100,000 of Apples offering.  Big news?  Well as an owner of neither (nor do I believe the need for these mobile apps/games) I wonder if 100,000 apps is better than 20,000? and in fact to go further than that, is 20,000 apps (a silly amount of choice IMO) really anything to be proud of?  I wonder of the all those apps/games are decent pieces of software and how much of it is rubbish?

Goblin –


8 thoughts on “Snow Leopard more interesting than Windows 7? & News bytes 16/12/09

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  1. So if 100 million people all tweet “Snow Leopard sucks!” and run up the score, that is bad for Microsoft? I don’t think that you are looking at this from a proper perspective and are doing a very superficial analysis of what are unquantified statistics to begin with. Your bias is showing.

    1. firstly sorry for replying under Goblin and not the usual openbytes, but I am mobile.

      Im sorry but I believe that if the trending topic had been snow leopard sucks, then that would be how it appears. i believe the trending topics are derived mostly from hash tags. In anycase snow leopard sucks wasnt what people were typing in the majority.

      I dont expect you to reply to this since when I do answer the challenges, the comments are left, but what i will say……bias? are you sure? I dont use Apple products nor would I want to. Whilst snow leopard seems good and the wife doesnt have any issues with it, I would always prefer a Linux system. and for the record, if unless twitter is telling lies, where is the bias in reporting that which twitter have put on their blog?

      1. If you were to read your own cite, you would see that the topic frequency was garnered from the term “Snow Leopard” and has no indication of favor or disfavor. So a huge number of unfavorable tweets would push it to the top.

        In any case, the frequency of tweets regarding Snow Leopard as a topic vs the frequency regarding Windows 7 as a topic is not clearly indicative of anything other than what tweeters talk about when they talk about OS which is likely to be, itself, very rare.

        But this lack of a rationale does not seem to bother you with concluding that this is some kind of setback for Windows 7.

        Your bias is not pro-Apple certainly, but anti-MS, that is as plain as day.

  2. Please dont try to make an argument like you do on COLA , i thought it would be obvious to even you, that with a title….is snow leopard more interesting….. you would know thats theres a big difference btween me asking the question of if its more interesting or better.

    all I have suggested is that its more interesting and in terms of people texting on twitter that appears to be the case.

  3. Title: “Snow Leopard more interesting than Windows 7?”

    I think you are asking the wrong question here Goblin. The question should be: ” Why is Snow Leopard more interesting than Windows 7 in the USA?”

    I believe Mac (and Linux) continues to gain share as opposed to Windows in the USA, why? Many people in this country are conditioned to throw money at the problem. In this case, its my opinion that MS Windows Malware is the reason for many users going Mac. While Linux would serve the same purpose as Mac, people here with money, tend to go the expensive way, to Apple. There are fewer Linux users in the USA, therefore MS loves to cite figures based on USA only, same with Bing vs Google. Most Windows users learned Windows from a friend or relative, its harder to find a Linux user. Mac has the preconceived idea with many that its an easier OS than Linux to learn, this has not been my experience at all. As I have found more than one Linux Distro easier to learn than Mac. Not that Mac is not a better OS than Windows from a security standpoint. Linux however, has a huge advantage over Mac, in that software is available through an online repo and generally free, as opposed to costly mac or ms software.

  4. Very true Chips!

    Although when Amicus comes here he? never thinks through his argument or point properly.

    For example those stats of Twitter could say that despite the poor reception to the Windows 7 ads, they failed to make an impact significantly. It could say that despite the recent allegations against MS, its not what people are talking about – again good for Microsoft.

    and since Google Wave was top of the list it seems like OS’s are not the most talked about subject.

    Amicus was too busy trying to suggest some sort of campaign to notice those points so it looks like I will have to put his points across for him.

    On another note he mentions about bias, yet unless he is going to call all the sources who I have reported on liars, then good or bad, the news is not a bias its simply stated that which has already been reported.

    Of course if Amicus wants to read only “the good” about Microsoft, then he should look no further than , you won’t find much bad news there.

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