One suggestion: The institutional holdings may be held at custodial banks administering security lending programs. These programs generate fee income for the bank and the institutional asset owner. Volatile stocks like HIMX draw higher fees than stable, large float ones. My point is that many institutional holders avail themselves to lending securities for additional return. Their shares will be in the float.
Love your line relating these new boards to a dial up internet line. So true. For my part I feel as if I lost dozens of old friends. It's depressing! I agree with bottomsupinvestor that investorvillage is the place to be.