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Last week we asked you all to tell us how many open-source programs you used on a weekly basis How Many Open-Source Programs Do You Use Weekly? [MakeUseOf Poll] How Many Open-Source Programs Do You Use Weekly? [MakeUseOf Poll] We know MakeUseOf readers love freeware and open-source software. So, we want to know how much you really use? Each week, you probably cycle through most of your favorites, so how many are there? Let... Read More . Since most readers around here love free software, we’re not at all surprised to note most readers use 6-10 open-source programs per week.

With a total of 360 votes, responses were divided as follows: 35% use 6-10 open-source programs per week; 21% use 1-5 open-source programs weekly; 19% use 11-20 open-source programs; 11% use 21-50 open-source programs per week; while a staggering 11% use 50+ open-source programs per week; just 2% of readers use no open-source programs at all.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

It looks like most MakeUseOf readers have 6-10 favourite open source programs which get used on a weekly basis, but an elite number of users use quite a few open-source programs per week.

This week’s poll question is: Do You Have An Always-On Internet Connection?


It seems for a lot of games these days, users are expected to have a reliable always-on internet connection in order to play the game. We’re wondering just how many people would be inconvenienced by this attitude: Have you got a reliable always-on internet connection? Or do you use a sporadic connection? Is your internet unreliable?

What do you think about these gaming companies expecting you to have always-on internet connections in order to play their games? Does it affect you? Are there games you know you won’t buy because you just can’t play them using your internet connection? Let us know!

  1. Guest
    August 11, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I'm not a gamer (unless Solitaire and Minesweeper count!); however, I admit that I am a heavy file sharer and like to watch/listen to streaming media. We have a network of three PCs (a desktop and two laptops), which is almost a moot point because only one can be online at any given time without the connection shorting out. I've even curbed my downloading habits A LOT, but our connection is so awful you can't even watch a five-minute YouTube video in horrendous quality without it buffering for a whole hour. 

    The web is getting more and more polluted with rich media applications like Flash and Silverlight that don't bode well for users like me who are essentially suffering along with the dial-up crowd. (Yes, Virginia, there still is a CompuServe.)128K upload/768K down is all we've got, and will ever have, because our location is too far from the central tower. Tried calling Verizon to upgrade but they basically said sorry, Dave, I'm afraid we can't do that. You're basically stuck in the boonies and there's no way the signal can reach. But if you want to sign up for our new and improved FiOS package, we'd like to make you an offer you just can't refuse...FiOS is simply far too expensive for our already stretched family budget (which was never all that flexible to begin with). The cheapest plan is somewhere in the range of $60 and upwards per month -- at the end of the year that's at least $700(!) for just the connection alone! Plus, the whole street basically has to get dug up just to install it. I know -- "TL;DR." But now I can almost empathize with how the Maytag man must feel losing out to the Can You Hear Me Now guy. Just like touch-tone phones and converter boxes, pretty soon the consumer won't have a choice except to cancel the whole thing and move to Amish country or something (which doesn't sound like a bad idea all of a sudden). I'd gladly reach out and touch somebody's hand if only I didn't have to stre-e-e-e-e-e-etch so far as to yank out the cord.

    (And I know a lot of country bumpkins just like me -- boondock saints in New England, of course -- who think a damn Yank is worth pulling the plug!) ^_^

  2. Ddyer
    August 8, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I much prefer the Steam method, which still gives me the ability to play offline, but will sync my achievements and such up.  While I understand companies wanting to keep their records of achievements and such clean and free from hacks, I should still be able to play single player mode by myself without a connection.  While I am good at home, it is nice to be able to load up the laptop with a game and take it with me.  Many of my relatives don't have connections, so that means I can't play, even when I have the time.

  3. curts
    August 8, 2011 at 8:56 am

    While I do have an always-on Internet connection, I do not agree with the notion of programs continually "phoning home" and free mobile games that must continually "phone home" are a nuisance.  I'm not opposed to ad-supported mobile games, but I believe an always-on mobile Internet connection is not a realistic expectation.  The ad content needs to be cached locally.

  4. Anonymous
    August 8, 2011 at 7:09 am

    30Mbps , always on, 25$

  5. Cell Travis
    August 8, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Yes, I have an always-on and fairly reliable internet connection. But then, it's more for work than play. As far as games are concerned, I prefer offline games and LAN games, than to have always-on internet connectivity just to play an MMORPG.

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