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Tech Tips, Tricks & Trivia

by 'Anil' Radhakrishna
An architect's notes, experiments, discoveries and annotated bookmarks.

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


TWIL - Week #30


This Week I Learned:

Browsers

  • To apply a global user stylesheet to web pages in Chrome (in a Windows PC), modify the C:\Users\{user}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\{Profile}\User StyleSheets\Custom.css file.
  • WebP is an image codec that is typically smaller than traditional web image formats. Smaller images means faster load times. PageSpeed Service automatically handles serving webp images to clients that understand webp. For other clients, no problem, the original file is sent. The images in Google Play Store are in webp format when rendered in Chrome but not in IE.


Web

  • 40 percent of YouTube traffic is now from the mobile
  • 77 percent of Twitter users are outside the United States. Twitter has 232 million active users, as of June. Around three-fourths of Twitter users access the platform on a mobile device, and 70 percent of ad revenues come from mobile. About five percent of Twitter accounts are believed to be fake. Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo is a former improvisational comedian.  (Source: ET

India

  • 146 Members of Parliament have appointed relatives as their personal staff.
  • 2/3rds of people in India don't have bank accounts.
  • Less than 5 percent of the Rs 15,000-crore market for domestic bus travel in India has taken to the internet 
  • An authentic Kashmiri kani jamawar shawl starts at INR 1.3 lakhs. It is spun out of pashmina and is identical on both sides. The simplest of patterns on the ladies version of the shawl takes 3-4 months of 7-hours-a-day sittings.
  • India is the world's largest producer of mangoes
  • India stated competing in Olympic games from 1924. Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav won the fist individual medal a bronze in wrestling in 1928. India won its first gold medal in hockey in 1928 and defended the title in 1932 and 1936.

Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav
Everything else
  • The five key elements to friendship are mutuality, loyalty, readiness to help, readiness to challenge when necessary, and “being there”.
Trivia
  • Our heart beats 72 times in a minute, that of a sparrow beats 460 times. India is home to 4 different species of sparrow - house sparrow , yellow-throated, Spanish and Eurasian tree sparrow.
  • In the US, you cannot purchase alcohol unless you are 21 but can purchase a gun if you are 18. The return policy on goods purchased at most stores is liberal and you can return them after several weeks. Most stores actually have a "Buyer's Remorse" category under Reason for Return options while returning the product. (Source: Quora)

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