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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


This Week I Learned - Week #66

This Week I Learned:
  • OpenID (OID) is an open standard and decentralized protocol by the non-profit OpenID Foundation that allows users to be authenticated by certain co-operating sites (known as Relying Parties or RP) using a third party service. Several large service providers like Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Twitter, LinkedIn either issue or accept OpenIDs on their websites according to the OpenID Foundation. Google has deprecated OpenID 2.0 and will shut it down after a migration period.
  • In the AWS cloud, firing up a Windows box takes a good 10+ minutes. I can fire up a simple Linux box in about 15-20 seconds. When it comes to cloud scaling, it's really important to be able to scale quickly because 10-15 minutes is an eternity when scaling is important. - Jonathan Oliver
  • A Blogspot blog is redirected to a country-specific URL (ccTLD). For example, if you're in Australia and viewing [blogname].blogspot.com, you might be redirected to [blogname].blogspot.com.au. Place /ncr/ just after the country-specific domain to access the individual post. For instance, [blogname].blogspot.com/examplepage should be entered as [blogname].blogspot.com/ncr/examplepage. Appending /?m=1 to the end of a Blogspot blog URL will show the mobile-friendly view of the blog. For example, http://mvark.blogspot.in/?m=1 will show the mobile version of this blog.
  • Only in Hollywood - Richard Linklater’s movie "Boyhood" filmed over 12 consecutive years tracks the story of a boy played by Ellar Coltrane from the time he was 6 years when the story opens to 18 when it ends. "The film contains some familiar expletives" -  NYTimes
  • Once the staple food of Bolivians, the demand for quinoa (pronounced KEE-no-ah) is soaring in rich countries, as American and European consumers discover the “lost crop” of the Incas. Fewer Bolivians can now afford it, hastening their embrace of cheaper, processed foods and raising fears of malnutrition in a country that has long struggled with it.  -  NYTimes
  • Africa is home to some two million Chinese - National Geographic
  • Bangalore’s decadal population growth rate of nearly 47 per cent is the highest decadal growth among metros in India, Delhi being a distant second at about 21 per cent. Bangalore’s population has crossed 10 million. Bangalore account's for 60% of Karnataka's GDP and 65% of taxes. - The Hindu

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