How to fix IE11 not playing videos on Windows 2008 server R2

I recently decided to finally upgrade my tried and true copy of IE10.. knowing full well i was about to lose some of my favorite Developer Tools – not an easy decision.. but i got sick of videos not playing due to compatibility issues.

Result.. I lost my dev tools and still couldn’t play videos.. I did find a few online solutions that suggested adding the following to the end of the youtube url to make it work..
&nohtml5=1
The problem was that you had to append that to EVERY video in Youtube and *#& help you if you want to watch an embedded video.

Today i found the real solution. To view video in the first place you needed to add the “Desktop Experience” to server 2008. The problem is that that version of “Desktop Experience” didn’t support the latest video formats or codecs.. So you need to upgrade/update the Desktop experience..

Full MS KB article = 2483177
or click this link…
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2483177

Hopefully this solves any issues you are having.. it fixed mine.!

Don’t buy music from apple(iTunes)

Anyone who knows me, knows my opinion of APPLE products and the relative intelligence of the people who buy Apples or purchase things from their store.
In short – very low. Not to make small the accomplishments of their now deceased leader. He was a true visionary and had a marketing savvy that few in the technical field could hope to match.

BUT a few weeks ago my oldest wanted to purchase a song via iTunes.
Apples cost $1.36. Hating proprietary nature of their music format, I refused to pay for it from apple. I insisted we purchase a song from Amazon.

The same song at amazon was $0.99 – which makes sense as apple adds 30% to any purchase made through their system. Then of course, you can only upload them X times before they prevent the use. So upgrade your systems a few times and you have lost your investment.

To my very PLEASANT surprise – Amazon leaves a copy of every MP3 you purchase on their cloud server for you to download at a later date (no limit to the number or times) and they discounted the 99c purchase to $0.

Subsequently I have made a number of MP3 Purchases via Amazon and every one of them has been discounted to the value of the song.. So. Instead of spending
$13.60 for 10 songs via ITunes the same purchase at amazon would only have been $9.90 but in reality was FREE!!!

Don’t be a sheep and use iTUnes. Be smart and use AMAZON! You will be a much happier person (PERIOD)