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Chrome Heats Up Faster Than Firefox

by Scrvpvlvs
May 20, 2010 8:00 AM–Update January 12, 2011: New article with updated statistics for the rest of 2010 here.

Alex Chitu has published a chart showing 70 million active Google Chrome users in April 2010, up from 30 million July 2009.¹ Alex compares Chrome to Mozilla Firefox, saying, “Firefox grew from 265 million users to 365 million users in the same period. To put things in perspective, Firefox has 5 times more users than Google Chrome.”

I wondered how much of the growth of Firefox is just due to the growth of Internet use overall. To find out, I developed the three charts below (historical data provided by Net Applications).²

The first chart shows that Firefox growth (red) only kept pace with overall growth. About 1 in 4 browsers were Firefox in April 2010, about the same as in July 2009. By contrast, Chrome growth (navy) outpaced total growth. About 1 in 15 browsers were Chrome in April 2010, compared to only 1 in 39 in July 2009.

The second chart shows that Firefox market share growth (red) was 3% per month two years ago, and the current growth is 1% per month. By striking contrast, Chrome (navy) has sustained a growth rate of 11–12% per month since it was released.

If this trend continues, Chrome will have more users than Firefox in about one year. This is shown in the third chart, which compares projected future performance of Chrome (navy), Firefox (red), and Internet Explorer (blue). Obviously, though (as businesses love to remind investors), past results are no guarantee of future performance.

The chart data are available here. Please let me know about any errors.

1. Alex Chitu, “Google Chrome Has 70 Million Active Users,” Google Operating System, (accessed May 20, 2010).

2. Net Applications, “Top Browser Share Trend”, Net Market Share, (accessed May 20, 2010).

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Hostway admit fault in domain renewal, violate ICANN agreement

by Scrvpvlvs
May 14, 2010 2:27 PM–Hostway have caused a serious problem for my employer. Our domain name has been disabled: removed from the Domain Name System (DNS). This means complete loss of e-mail service and no website. The company has blinked completely out of existence on the net (except for the WHOIS record).

Hostway admit it is their fault, but have not fixed the problem in a day and a half and cannot tell me when it will be fixed. They say it is escalated to a fifth level team. As a practical matter, this is not so good, as this team only works during normal business hours. This means most of the downtime is simply due to inattention.

The problem began when Hostway automatically renewed the domain. Hostway took payment for the renewal in advance of the expiration date, but did not renew the domain properly.

A WHOIS query for the domain shows inconsistent information. In one section it shows a future expiration date and a status of ClientHold. In another section it shows a past expiration date and a status of Locked.

To resolve the problem for my employer, I took the decision to transfer the domain registration to GoDaddy. However, Hostway have made that impossible.

(i) Hostway have failed to unlock the domain at our request, either through their website or their telephone support center.

(ii) Hostway have interfered with delivery of the domain transfer e-mail to the administrative address of the domain by disabling the domain.

(iii) Hostway have failed to change the administrative e-mail address of the domain at our request, either through their website or their telephone support center.

These are violations of the domain transfer rules that registrars are required to follow.

Hostway's answer has been to admit fault again and cite the original technical problem. But they cannot say when any of these problems will be fixed.

We have filed a dispute with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), alleging Hostway violated the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP).

My employer has been a customer of Hostway for 11 years. Ironically, that may be a part of the problem. Hostway bought Affinity, which bought ValueWeb, who originally created the domain on my employer’s behalf. Integration of old customer records into new systems is never perfect and can have many strange side effects down the road.

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Copyscape: Who Stole My Page?

by Scrvpvlvs
May 7, 2010 7:25 AM–Ever wonder if somebody stole or plagiarized your web page? Let Copyscape tell you.

You can click the link above to go to their search page, and enter the URL of your page. Or, you can drag this bookmarklet to your browser’s Favorites or Bookmarks: Send To Copyscape. Then when you want to check a page, browse to the page and click the bookmarklet.

Copyscape is free and requires no signup, but sets a limit on how many times a particular site can be Copyscaped in a month. If you need to use it more frequently, or want your pages automatically monitored, they also offer a pay service.

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