It’s been a long time coming, but I’ve finally implemented dark mode on 40Tech. I started working on this a few months ago, and it was my use of dark mode on iOS in bed at night that spurred me to take the extra couple of minutes and finish this off. It is tied to your system setting, rather than being a site-specific option. If you visit 40Tech with dark mode enabled on your system, you should see a darker version of the site. Future tweaks may be coming, as I’m not entirely thrilled with the color scheme.
Google+ now supports brand pages, and 40Tech is there with our own page. We’re working out exactly how we’ll be using the page, but if you want to keep up with all things 40Tech, head on over and circle us. We’re still digging around, looking for other great pages to follow, and we’ve listed some below. If you have any suggestions, let us know in the comments.
We know that we all like tech, or at least that we recognize the necessity of it. But beyond that, how much do we have in common? If you wonder how you match up with the “typical” 40Tech reader, here are some stats for you to chew on. These numbers are for the last 30 days, and are gathered from Google Analytics.
48% of you are from the U.S.A. The next closest is the U.K., whose residents make up 7.2% of the visitors here, followed by Canada, at 6.3%. Australia has 3.2%. Only the Netherlands, Germany, and Spain exceed 2%. Of our U.S. visitors, 8.64% of you are from California, 4.02% are from New York, and 3.66% are from Texas.
The Browser Wars
Chrome has almost caught up to Firefox as the browser of choice among 40Tech readers, but isn’t quite there. Firefox accounts for 33.09% of the visits, with Chrome registering 29.96%. Safari is a distant third at 18.02%, with Internet Explorer at 14.81% and Opera at 1.8%.
64.77% of you use Windows, while 20.21% of you use Macs. The other operating systems that had numbers worth noting were iPhone (4.2%), iPad (3.92%), Linux (3.58%), Android (2.13%), and iPod (0.52%). (Don’t tell Google that iPhone, iPad, and iPod aren’t actually the names of operating systems). All totaled, mobile devices make up 10.93% of the visits to the site.
You folks sure do use a wide variety of screen resolutions, including 1280×800 (16.41%), 1680×1050 (11.17%), 1440×900 (10.98%), and 1280×1024 (10.26). Several other resolutions rounded out the rest of the stats.
Odds and Ends
About 48% of you are using a version (or older) of Flash player that was outdated back in September, and has security vulnerabilities. Check your version, and update if you don’t have the current version.
Most of you use are on a high speed connection, although 12.28% of you are using dial up. To you, we apologize. We don’t test 40Tech on slow connections, so hopefully the site speeds are tolerable.
How do you fit in with the rest of the crew? (And did we miss any exciting stats that interest you? Perhaps screen colors excite you? We’ve got stats on that, too.).
I'm pleased to announce that Josh Farkas has joined 40Tech as a writer. His debut post will be going live later today. Actually, his post today will be his second post for 40Tech, as Josh was the winner of our first writer's contest. The winner of that contest won a lifetime subscription to GTDagenda, and also received an invitation to become a regular writer on 40Tech. We're pleased that Josh accepted our invitation. To see his winning entry, check out Josh's take on GTDagenda.
Josh works as an attorney in the energy sector, and is passionate about the potential that technology and alternative energy hold for the future. Keep your eye out for his post later this evening, which contemplates how lo-tech devices are sometimes a better choice than their high-tech counterparts. In the meantime, you can check out his profile here at 40Tech.
Welcome to 40Tech, a look at technology, gadgets, the internet, software, and video games for those over 40, but not over the hill. Much, and perhaps most, of what you will find on 40Tech will have relevance even to those not in that age bracket, but the articles here will be written from the perspective of the 40-something average guy. If you’re not over 40 and can still relate, great! There’s nothing magical about that age when it comes to technology. That’s just the perspective from which this site comes. The site will start with a schedule of three or more posts a week. Feel free to join in the discussion. If you have any suggestions, use the contact page to send a message. The site also has an RSS feed if you want updates pushed to your feed reader. Thanks for visiting!