Survey results!

brian smithson (brian@king.ca41.csd.mot.com)
Sat, 15 Jun 91 12:38:12 PDT

SURVEY RESULTS AS OF 6/15/91
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As you may recall, the survey had three parts. Part A was filled in by
everyone, Part B was filled in by current owners of UltraLites, and Part C
was filled in by those who were considering purchasing an UltraLite.

I've included the results into more-or-less the original survey. I think
that the way I've presented the results is fairly self explanatory. At worst,
it's no more confusing than the original survey! Basically, the sum of the
responses for each answer is presented in [brackets]. Some editorial
comments have been added, indicated by <--{braces with an arrow}.

Participation was high: 24 initial responses plus one update out of a mailing
list which has roughly 55 subscribers. Thanks to all! Please send in a survey
if you haven't already. If you have sent in a survey, feel free to update it
if your "profile" changes. I'll re-issue the results sporadically.

Enough rambling -- here are the survey results:

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Part A - General
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1. This is:

[ 24 ] a. the first time I have responded to this survey.
[ 01 ] b. an update to my previous response to this survey.

2. I currently:

[ 09 ] a. own one or more UltraLite.
[ 12 ] b. am considering purchasing an UltraLite.
[ 03 ] c. neither own nor am considering purchasing an UltraLite.

3. Names of respondents will not be published on the UltraLite list (or
anywhere else). In the event that someone on the list wishes to contact
you based on your survey response, may I provide your name to that person?

[ 22 ] a. Yes.
[ 02 ] b. No, provide that person's name to me and I will make contact.
[ 00 ] c. No.

Part B - Owners
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1. I have a model

[ 01 ] a. PC-17-01 (1MB silicon disk).
[ 08 ] b. PC-17-02 (2MB silicon disk).

2. The main battery is

[ 08 ] a. removable.
[ 01 ] b. not removable. <--{I'm not sure I believe this; it was new from DAK}

3. I have the following optional accessories (select all that apply, and
indicate the number if more than one):

[ 05 ] a. 3.5" external floppy drive
[ 00 ] b. parallel port adaptor (separate from the 3.5" floppy drive)
[ 03 ] c. carrying case
[ 00 ] d. battery recharging stand (not the AC adaptor)
[ 06 ] e. extra battery packs, beyond the one which comes with the base unit
[ 00 ] f. extra AC adaptor, beyond the one which comes with the base unit

4. I have the following ROM Card applications (select all that apply):

[ 01 ] a. Lotus 1-2-3
[ 01 ] b. Lotus Agenda
[ 00 ] c. Lotus Metro/Express
[ 00 ] d. WordPerfect
[ 02 ] e. Microsoft Works
[ 00 ] f. XYWRITE
[ 00 ] g. WordStar

5. I have one or more RAM Cards:

[ 02 ] a. yes (indicate number if more than one)
[ 07 ] b. no

6. The most frequent uses of my UltraLite are for (select up to five):
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[ 07 ] a. terminal emulation and/or file transfer using modem |
[ 05 ] b. note-taking -{In general,
[ 08 ] c. word processing people ignored
[ 04 ] d. spreadsheet work this; so did I
[ 00 ] e. database work when I tallied
[ 03 ] f. personal information management the results}
[ 05 ] g. electronic mail
[ 01 ] h-l. other - specify: Stock management
[ 01 ] h-l. other - specify: Games

7. Less frequent uses of my UltraLite are for (select up to five):

[ 00 ] a. terminal emulation and/or file transfer using modem
[ 03 ] b. note-taking
[ 00 ] c. word processing
[ 02 ] d. spreadsheet work
[ 01 ] e. database work
[ 04 ] f. personal information management
[ 02 ] g. electronic mail
[ 01 ] h-l. other - specify: Games

8. I mainly use my UltraLite in the following locations (select up to three):

[ 08 ] a. home or office
[ 00 ] b. classroom
[ 01 ] c. private vehicle
[ 04 ] d. airplane, train, public transit
[ 00 ] e. outdoors
[ 01 ] f-h. other - specify: Dorm room
[ 01 ] f-h. other - specify: Traveling
[ 01 ] f-h. other - specify: Visiting family/friends

9. I am running the following operating environment (select all that apply;
indicate windowing systems, alternate shells, etc).:

[ 09 ] a. MSDOS 3.3
[ 00 ] b. CED shell
[ 02 ] c. MKS Toolkit
[ 00 ] d-f. other - specify:

10.The application programs which I use most frequently are (select up to
five and mark with an "R" for ROMcard applications; consider file transfer,
terminal emulation, and e-mail to be applications):

[ 01 ] a. Lotus 1-2-3
[ 01 ] b. Lotus Agenda
[ 00 ] c. Lotus Metro/Express
[ 02 ] d. WordPerfect
[ 03 ] e. Microsoft Works
[ 00 ] f. XYWRITE
[ 00 ] g. WordStar
[ 02 ] h. DGTERM
[ 02 ] i. Procomm
[ 01 ] j. Kermit
[ 01 ] k-o. other - specify: UUPC
[ 01 ] k-o. other - specify: MKS vi
[ 01 ] k-o. other - specify: Crosstalk Mk IV
[ 01 ] k-o. other - specify: Savvy PC
[ 01 ] k-o. other - specify: TAPCIS (Compuserve navigator)
[ 01 ] k-o. other - specify: vi (unspecified)
[ 01 ] k-o. other - specify: Quattro
[ 01 ] k-o. other - specify: Telix
[ 01 ] k-o. other - specify: TeX <--{Really, running TeX!?}
[ 01 ] k-o. other - specify: Calvin vi
[ 01 ] k-o. other - specify: MicroEMACS

11.The utility programs which I use most frequently are (select up to five):

[ 03 ] a. UltraLite DOS Manager
[ 04 ] b. UltraLite SETUP
[ 05 ] c. PKLITE
[ 01 ] d. XEQ
[ 04 ] e. Norton utilities
[ 02 ] f-j. other - specify: DGSET
[ 01 ] f-j. other - specify: PKZMENU
[ 01 ] f-j. other - specify: PKXARC
[ 01 ] f-j. other - specify: LZEXE
[ 01 ] f-j. other - specify: PKZIP
[ 01 ] f-j. other - specify: vi, grep (unspecified)

12.I purchased my UltraLite (select one; indicate "private" if it was
purchased from a private individual):

[ 05 ] a. New -- from whom?: DAK(5)
[ 03 ] b. Refurbished -- from whom?: IME Computer(3)
[ 01 ] c. Used -- from whom?: Co-worker(1)

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Part C - Potential Purchasers
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1. I am considering an UltraLite for the following uses (select up to five):

[ 11 ] a. terminal emulation and/or file transfer using modem
[ 09 ] b. note-taking
[ 10 ] c. word processing
[ 04 ] d. spreadsheet work
[ 00 ] e. database work
[ 10 ] f. personal information management
[ 05 ] g. electronic mail
[ 02 ] h-l. other - specify: Program editing
[ 01 ] h-l. other - specify: In-cockpit aviation software
[ 01 ] h-l. other - specify: UNIX-like utilities
[ 01 ] h-l. other - specify: Sending FAXes
[ 01 ] h-l. other - specify: DUAT access
[ 01 ] h-l. other - specify: flight planning
[ 01 ] h-l. other - specify: Financial apps at customer site

2. I would the UltraLite in the following locations (select up to three):

[ 09 ] a. home or office
[ 02 ] b. classroom
[ 04 ] c. private vehicle
[ 06 ] d. airplane, train, public transit
[ 05 ] e. outdoors
[ 02 ] f-h. other - specify: at libraries
[ 02 ] f-h. other - specify: at customers
[ 01 ] f-h. other - specify: while swimming <--{ !!! }
[ 01 ] f-h. other - specify: visiting friends/family
[ 01 ] f-h. other - specify: at archives
[ 01 ] f-h. other - specify: at cafes
[ 01 ] f-h. other - specify: while travelling

3. The applications which would be most important for me are (select up
to five):

[ 02 ] a. Lotus 1-2-3
[ 00 ] b. Lotus Agenda
[ 00 ] c. Lotus Metro/Express
[ 04 ] d. WordPerfect
[ 01 ] e. Microsoft Works
[ 00 ] f. XYWRITE
[ 01 ] g. WordStar
[ 06 ] h. DGTERM
[ 05 ] i. Procomm
[ 05 ] j. Kermit
[ 02 ] k-o. other - specify: MKS toolkit
[ 01 ] k-o. other - specify: stevie vi
[ 01 ] k-o. other - specify: Epsilon EMACS
[ 01 ] k-o. other - specify: EMACS (unspecified)
[ 01 ] k-o. other - specify: Flitesoft
[ 01 ] k-o. other - specify: Sidekick
[ 01 ] k-o. other - specify: nroff/troff (unspecified)
[ 01 ] k-o. other - specify: Bitfax
[ 01 ] k-o. other - specify: small word processor (unspecified)
[ 01 ] k-o. other - specify: financial apps (unspecified)

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Comments:

I received a few comments which were unrelated to the survey itself. For
those of you who asked me questions in the Comments section, please accept
my apologies -- I just read the surveys (and your questions) today for the
first time! I believe that the questions have been answered since then in
the list, however.

Two of the subscribers who had no plans to purchase an UltraLite indicated
that they found the postings generally useful to owners of handhelds or
notebooks, particularly those with limited secondary storage.

A few comments indicated that the survey was a really great idea. One of
those comments was my own... :-)

I would still appreciate hearing about whether the survey is useful or not,
or how it might be improved.

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-Brian Smithson
 Motorola Inc., Computer Group, Commercial Systems Division
 10700 N. De Anza Boulevard, Cupertino, CA 95014 USA, (408)366-4104
 brian@csd.mot.com, {apple | pyramid}!motcsd!brian