One of the bloggers over at Daily Kos has an interesting analysis of the age old Mac vs. Windows decision, but this time with an eye towards how that may correlate to political leanings:
…the share of the market held by Apple’s OS X operating system looks tiny beside Microsoft’s behemoth. It’s even smaller on conservative web sites. When it comes to visitors to Instapundit, OS X visitors make up only 2-3%, suggesting that conservatives are less likely to go for the Apple brand than the general public. On the other hand, Daily Kos statistics show that between 15% and 25% of visitors to this site are using Macs — an astounding 5x times the general population of these computers. If you were at YearlyKos last time around, you could spot more Macs at breakfast than you’d find in an Apple store.
We see a similar phenomenon here on the Walker site. Roughly a quarter of our visitors are on a Mac, which is quite high compared to the general browsing population. There are a couple likely reasons for this, (all speculation, mind you). There is a booming design culture here in the Twin Cities, and the Walker is a cornerstone of it. Designers use Macs. We have an extensive educational outreach program, and education tends to use the Mac. And we have gallery 9, an online gallery of internet-based art, which appeals to other internet-based artists, who also tend to use the Mac.
What does it mean to us in the end? Not a whole lot. We design all our sites to be platform agnostic, which is what any good web developer should do.