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Tech Tips, Tricks & Trivia

by 'Anil' Radhakrishna
A seasoned developer's little discoveries and annotated bookmarks.

Search from over a hundred HOW TO articles, Tips and Tricks


HOW TO find path of shared network folder

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
If it is long time since you shared folders over the network for your colleagues and you don't remember the path now to remove shared access, here's how to find the physical path:

1. Use the macho way to reach Computer Management - type "compmgmt.msc" in the search box

2. In Computer Management window, jump to Shared Folders and select Shares to view shared folders in the right pane.

3. Right click on the Share Name and choose Stop Sharing from the context menu.

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TWIL- Week #54

Sunday, April 20, 2014
This Week I Learned:

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How Microsoft Azure Web Sites scores over typical "hosting"

Friday, April 18, 2014
Among all the Microsoft Azure services, I like Azure Web Sites as it simplifies hosting & empowers
developers.  Look at the advantages:
A free one month trial gets you $200 worth of Azure services.

Also see:

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HOW TO know when a Skype contact was last online

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
To know when a  Skype contact was last seen online (in version 6.3), right click on the name of the Skype Contact and choose View Profile. In the dialog box that opens up, hover over the More button to see the time at which that Contact was last online -


Skype can now be used across a variety of devices including the TV!

Skype is integrated with Outlook.com but needs a plugin for the feature to work

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Book review: SuperFreakonomics, Illustrated edition

Monday, April 14, 2014
SuperFreakonomics, Illustrated edition beautifully analyzes random real-life human interest stories & shows how you can draw value from good data. The authors Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner put life into dull topics with their entertaining and data-centric storytelling.

The biggest takeaway for me from the book is how data can be used to derive insights and solutions. I was fascinated by the story of Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis who in 1847, while working in Vienna General Hospital's First Obstetrical Clinic proposed the practice of washing hands with an antiseptic solution before operating. At that hospital, doctors' wards had three times the mortality of midwives' wards. He arrived at this suggestion after carefully analyzing the data about deliveries in both wards. Semmelweis's observations conflicted with the established scientific and medical opinions of the time and his ideas were rejected by the medical community. In 1865, Semmelweis was committed to an asylum, where he died at age 47 after being beaten by the guards. Semmelweis's practice earned widespread acceptance only years after his death, when Louis Pasteur confirmed the germ theory and Joseph Lister, acting on the French microbiologist's research, practiced and operated, using hygienic methods, with great success.

Doctors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center were coaxed into sanitizing their hands through $10 Starbucks gift card incentives. There was greater compliance after a photograph  showing gobs of colonies of bacteria was made into a screen saver that haunted every computer in Cedars-Sinai. Good data (in this case an image) can change behavior.

Some of the stories in the book can also be read online on the New York Times website where the Freakonomics columns by the authors are archived. The Freakonomics series of books has a dedicated website and blog.

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