Earlier this month we asked CyberNet readers, “How old is your primary computer?” Over 950 of you responded and as it turns out, 30% of you, larger than any other group, are using a computer that’s less than one year old. Coming in next was 21% of you who said that you are using a computer that’s 1-2 years old. In all, over 50% of you have a computer that’s between less than a year, and two years old. Judging from the results, it looks as though many of you do what you can to keep up with the latest technology.
Now it’s time for a new Poll and the idea for this one came from a Tip from Asgard (thanks for the tip!) who thought it might be interesting to find out how many people are using Vista 64-bit compared to Vista 32-bit. In the message, he said “Guru3D had poll like that some time ago and it gave very interesting results. Over 80% had 64-bit. It would be nice to see if it’s just graphics fanatics who have or is it more common. Also it would help people to be less afraid of 64-bit systems because 64-bit Vista really has advantages over 32-bit.”
We thought it was a great idea, but decided to extend the poll further to include XP and Linux because there are 32-bit and 64-bit versions of those operating systems available.Some of you may not even know the difference between a 32-bit and 64-bit processor, so we thought we’d give a quick explanation of that first. We found a great explanation over at “Build Your Own Computer Tips“:
A bit is short for “binary digit.” It is basically how a computer stores and makes references to data, memory, etc. A bit can have a value of 1 or 0, that’s it. So binary code is streams of 1’s and 0’s, such as this random sequence 100100100111. These bits are also how your processor does calculations. By using 32 bits your processor can represent numbers from 0 to 4,294,967,295 while a 64-bit machine can represent numbers from 0 to 18,446,744,073,709,551,615.
There are several benefits to using 64-bit processors and one of the most popular is the ability to use more than 4GB of RAM in your computer. Computers with 32-bit processors are limited to 4GB of RAM while those with 64-bit processors are “limited” to 17.2 billion GB of RAM which is about 16 exabytes.
For our new poll, we’re taking a look at how many of you are using 64-bit operating systems to take advantage of the capabilities that your processor has to offer.
Which are you using, if any:
- 64-bit Vista
- 32-bit Vista
- 64-bit XP
- 32-bit XP
- 64-bit Linux
- 32-bit Linux
- none of the above
Cast your vote in the sidebar or if you have Flash enabled you can vote right here: