Archive mag to survey RISC OS computer useBy Chris Williams. Published: 10th Aug 2005, 22:37:42 | Permalink | Printable
Vote online in our surveyThe editor of Archive magazine is to conduct a survey to gauge which machine is the market's favourite. The survey of RISC OS computer use, according to Paul Beverley, should reveal "what proportion [of users] are currently using, say, Iyonix as against Windows PCs with VRPC, or Omega, or RiscPCs". Paul, who has often lead investigations into how many Omega and Iyonixes have been sold to date, says he'll sample those people who are currently renewing their subscriptions to the pint sized magazine. And, by the way, the price of a subscription is set to increase next month.
The survey will ask users which RISC OS powered computers they use on a daily to weekly basis, be it virtual or native.
The statisticians amongst us are up in arms that this survey is doomed to fail as it isn't a true random sample and the results will be otherwise worthless. The market researchers, on the other hand, have quite rightly spotted that the Archive readership demographic will skew the results: for example, it may be that one RISC OS publication's readers are indifferent to the native hardware versus emulation argument, whereas another outlet's audience may be die hard native hardware users. Finally, the cynical have dismissed the survey as a publicity stunt, as around half of Archive's subscriptions are due to lapse very soon.
Like a true editor, Paul dismissed these minor details, describing his plan as an "interesting exercise". He added, "What prompted it was a reader who said it would be very interesting to know how many people were using VirtualRiscPC relative to those using a native RISC OS machine. He is a very pro-VirtualRiscPC person, I might add.
"The Archive readership may not be truly representative of the RISC OS users as a whole (but then how do you define a RISC OS user anyway?), but it is a group that is easy to specify."
Paul also called on drobe.co.uk to conduct a parallel survey so notes can be compared afterwards. Even though he admitted that he has "never replied to an Internet survey", he did ask nicely. So here it is. You can log in, make your selections, and we'll announce the results of our experiment in a fortnight. Emphasis on the word 'experiment'.
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