PDA

View Full Version : NZ Herald ads driving my CPU 100%



nzStan
23-08-2004, 12:03 PM
Anyone else notice this today? Go to the NZ Herald website (http://www.nzherald.co.nz) and view some of the NZ News pages. Where there are the Lotto/Kingsman Investment/BigByte adverts on the right side you should notice your CPU going up to 100%.

Other pages without the three adverts seem to work fine.

Anyone else having the same problem like me?

stu120404
23-08-2004, 12:14 PM
> Anyone else having the same problem like me?

Nope

What browser are you using?

metla
23-08-2004, 12:15 PM
I didnt quite get 100%,but still experienced a massive hike it cpu usage.

http://sal.neoburn.net/imagef1/files/cpuusage.jpg

This is why we all have to upgrade,to view the adds on commercial websites.


doh!!

nzStan
23-08-2004, 12:18 PM
I'm on W2K Pro and viewing with Firefox 0.9.2. I verified having the same constant 100% CPU usage on IE6 as well so it is not browser related.

Try this page and check your CPU usage.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3586120&thesection=sport&thesubsection=olympics

stu120404
23-08-2004, 12:54 PM
> Try this page and check your CPU usage.
>
> http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=358
> 120&thesection=sport&thesubsection=olympics

oh, yes, I did get 85 - 99% - 100% Cpu usage :( I wonder if it is the lotto ad or the bigbite ad?

This is with Firefox 0.9.2 on Win XP SP2 RC 2

nzStan
23-08-2004, 01:02 PM
Must be Lotto using my CPU to calculate all the profit they made over the weekend. ;)

Murray P
23-08-2004, 01:21 PM
Barely got to 18% but once I had cleared my cache and disabled adblock it got up to 50%.

I sent complaint email to the Herald last week regarding their advertising particularly when it refreshes it has a tendency to open in a new window if you don't have the right elements blocked. I left it open and unblocked to see what would happen, the result was about 20 ad windows open in 10 minutes.

Needless to say I have not received a reply from the Herald or the irresponsible webmaster. I would encourage all of you who find this site problematical to send a polite email the editorial section and/or use the feedback facility and/or the webmaster. Obviously they have an inconsiderate ,arrogant git in charge of their website and/or marketing who cannot be bothered to realise that people will stop visiting or block the ads.

One question, if every time the ads refresh and open in a new window does this give them a new page hit which would in turn provide them with false evidence that the ads were being viewed and therefore meeting the needs of the advertiser? Funny thing is I remember the annoying Flash but don't remember the suckers who have paid for it, so, good advert for SWFlash bad for the client :^O maybe a direct response to the advertiser would help as well but you would need to make it clear you had to search out the name in order to complain.

Cheers Murray P

Dolby Digital
23-08-2004, 01:46 PM
>>I sent complaint email to the Herald last week
Maybe you need to higher up the corporate chain.... mind you, they still wouldn't answer. They expect to get a few complaints about things like that. Hopefully the ad is provided by another resource... so just block access to it.

CYaBro
23-08-2004, 01:48 PM
Using Firefox 0.9.3 with the flash blocker installed, had no problems until I clicked the play button to view the flash adds then CPU usage jumped to 99%.

My recommendation: Install the flash blocker for Firefox from here (http://flashblock.mozdev.org/)

nzStan
23-08-2004, 01:55 PM
OK it looks like the ads are from http://ads.whi.co.nz (based on checking through the source codes).

How do I filter them in Firefox? These are not pop ups.

A pity tho if I have to filter all ads. Some ads are Ok and I quite like to see them but not at the expense of using up all my CPU time.

Murray P
23-08-2004, 02:00 PM
Yes, most of the ads seem to be created or served from http://creative.whi.co.nz/whatever/ad/is.being/served, I had to put the * wilcard in to kill them off completely as they seem to change from time to time possibly to get around adblockers.

Still a pain to have to fiddle around to view a major mainstream new site without it's pupose being all but destroyed.

Cheers Murray P

metla
23-08-2004, 02:38 PM
There is a firefox extension called adblock,it puts a tab on offending adds so you can block specific trouble makers,or alternativly as i think already mentioned add a wildcard tag to kill off all ads from a specific host.

nzStan
23-08-2004, 03:27 PM
> There is a firefox extension called adblock,it puts a
> tab on offending adds so you can block specific
> trouble makers,or alternativly as i think already
> mentioned add a wildcard tag to kill off all ads from
> a specific host.


Ahhhh thank you metla... peace has returned to my browser again.

Rob99
23-08-2004, 03:32 PM
My CPU usage sat around 4% with flash disabled, it only rose up when I scrolled down the page and as soon as I stopped scrolling useage droped to around 2-4%

nzStan
24-08-2004, 11:17 AM
Got an email reply back from their product manager



Hi Stan

Thanks for your feedback.

We are approaching the advertiser and asking for "CPU friendly" version.

Thank you for taking the time to draw this to our attention.

Product Manager
NZ Herald

tweak\'e
24-08-2004, 11:22 AM
one thing you might want to check if you havn't done so is what ver of flash you are useing. i had a family members pc crashing on some sites (eg tvnz) with IE. after removing flash and letting it redownload everything went ok. sorry i'm not sure if firefox has inbuilt flash support or uses plugins.

nzStan
24-08-2004, 11:31 AM
My flash version is up to date apparently :) .

I just visited the NZ Herald website again and it looks like they have fixed the problem as my CPU is not maxing to 100% anymore.

From what I can see they have changed the Kingsman Investment advert from Flash to GIF.

andrew93
24-08-2004, 11:47 AM
> I sent complaint email to the Herald last week
> regarding their advertising particularly when it
> refreshes it has a tendency to open in a new window
> if you don't have the right elements blocked. I left
> it open and unblocked to see what would happen, the
> result was about 20 ad windows open in 10 minutes.
>
> Needless to say I have not received a reply from the
> Herald or the irresponsible webmaster.

Some time ago I quizzed the herald about leaving red sheriff tracking cookies behind on my pc every time i visited their website (especially the stockwatch page). They denied they did so until I presented them with evidence to the contrary. Their response after that was essentially "too bad - we have to do it for ad ratings". There is a simple solution to such arrogance - I now get my news from the BBC.

andrew93
24-08-2004, 11:48 AM
BBC news here (http://news.bbc.co.uk/) :D

Murray P
24-08-2004, 12:04 PM
The dumb thing about the Herald ads or more specificaly their strategy, is that they do not have alternative text for browsers that don't support animated type content or block ads/images. They have all their eggs in one annoying basket.

Good to hear you got a reply Stan, maybe my technique is slipping as it's the 2nd time I have emailed the Herald for a 0 return on reply or action.

Cheers Murray P