Yesterday, the post about the Date Range Picker that I created for Improvely spent almost 24 hours on the front page of Hacker News. That led to 20,910 new unique visits to this blog with, at the peak, over 800 concurrent people with the post open in a browser.
Of course, I have W3Counter collecting analytics on my sites, which made this a great opportunity to discover what kinds of systems Hacker News users use during their work days. I filtered out the visits from other sources and compiled a couple graphics.
Nearly half of HN readers are working on Macs, with Windows used by just 27%. 1 in 10 are browsing the web on Linux systems, while the remaining nearly 20% are on mobile devices. Not shown in the chart are the 16 Windows Phone 7 owners and 7 people on ChromeBooks.
Chrome was the browser of choice by 63% of the new visitors. Surprisingly, there were more people reading from an iPad or iPhone than users of Firefox on the desktop, and less than 200 people in the 21,000 used any version of Internet Explorer.
Some flavor of MacBook appears to be the most popular system among Hacker News readers, with 1440×900 displays and OS X as the most common combination.