Another Trump-related website failure

My son came home from school today to show me a funny Trump-related website. Apparently it’s all the rage at school.  The website lets you blow a Trumpet in Donald Trump’s face. There’s a trumpet noise and a funny animation of the President-elect’s hair blowing. I can see why this is popular in schools and (probably) workplaces…. it’s disrespectful and childishly funny.

The site (trumpdonald.org) has been developed by a Swedish Ad Agency called Animal and it’s obviously captured the world’s imagination in the last day or so. Their website hit counter is at over 100 million hits and I just had a look at the site, only to see a HTTP 503 (Service Unavailable) error.

These (earlier) images are from the Daily Telegraph. In their article which was published on 7th November the site had 9 million “Trumps” (hits)
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The site has more than 100 million hits now (10th November) and the counter is still rocketing upwards, have a look if the site’s not melted yet under load…..

 

HPE software and Micro Focus merger

In September many people were surprised at the news that HPE was set to spin-off their software business including the former HP Operations Management products and former Mercury products.

I wrote a brief article decribing my thoughts about this at the time.

Since this announcement, more information has been released by HPE describing their reasoning behind this proposed change to their business as well as what it means for their customers. The Vivit user group in Chicago recently held a webinar hosted by Mihai Grigorescu which allowed HPE to describe the proposed changes. Tony Sumpster and Genefa Murphy from HPE then took questions from Vivit members. If you’re a current HPE Software customer I’d heartily recommend watching this webinar.

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 Tony Sumpster
Senior Vice President
IT Operations Management
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Genefa Murphy
Vice PresidentProduct & Program Marketing
Application Delivery Management
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

The webinar is available on the Vivit website at this URL:
(Free Vivit membership required)
http://www.vivit-worldwide.org/members/group_content_view.asp?group=80108&id=620706

Alternatively, you can view the webinar by clicking the link below
(Bright Talk membership required)
https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/9649/229733

Website videos black / dark for first few seconds – FIXED

This has been annoying me for ages… When I say ages, I mean 6 months or more. When I start to watch a video in Chrome on a website like YouTube or BBC News, the first few seconds of the video are dark and pixellated. I’ve tried new video drivers and other setting changes but none have worked until now.

This first image shows what a video looks like when it starts to run in Chrome.

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When I realised that the same videos played well in Internet Explorer, Edge and Firefox, I decided that it had to be one of the Chrome settings. After some trial and error, I discovered this flag:
chrome://flags/#disable-accelerated-video-decode  .

I disabled this which means that Chrome wasn’t trying to use hardware acceleration on my graphics card. This fixed my problem.
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After disabling hardware acceleration, my videos are clear, right from the first second of replay – a great improvement.