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

Batch file to delete files older than x days from folders in Windows

I’ve been working for a client over recent months and part of my resposibility has been to look after a number of servers used for performance testing. Occasionally drives fill up on the server farm causing outages and obvious interruptions to testing.

It would be a near full-time job to manage all these servers, so to reduce the chance of temporary files from filling up drives and causing problems, I looked into creating a scheduled task to delete old temporary files. Since my server estate is varied, I didnt want to use PowerShell so I opted for an old “DOS” command, FORFILES.

This seems to have done the trick for me:
forfiles /s /m *.* /d -7 /c "cmd /c del @path"

(This command deletes all files that are more than 7 days old from the folder in which it runs.)

Update – To remove folders as well:
forfiles /S /D -7 /C "cmd /c IF @isdir == TRUE RMDIR @path /S /Q"

(This command deletes all folders that are more than 7 days old from the folder in which it runs. – Run it after deleting the files with the command above.)

 

Motion effect in Google Plus albums

I was browsing some photos earlier today, looking for some photos for our Scout AGM and I came across a series of images of my son in our garden. We had a “camping party” or him a couple of years ago and we installed a flagpole in the garden. It was a windy day and I was struggling to get a picture of the flag flying properly. Whenever I took a picture the flag seemed to be drooping, rather than flying nicely.

Because of this, I took a number of images in quick succession. My phone backs images up to my Google account and when I looked in the Google album I was pleased to see that Google had created an animated GIF showing the movement of the flag.

I was pretty impressed…

Flying Flag
Google Motion Flag Flying