The American Scientist conducted a poll to see how scientists really use computers. Nearly 2,000 people responded and they said they work about 48 hours a week, spending 30 percent of that time developing software and 40 percent using. They also said they are spending more time now than five years ago developing and using scientific software. Most of the respondents generate and archive a few gigabytes' worth of data a year and tend to use common software.

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