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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 #72

This Week I Learned:
  • 3 ways to use implement ASP.NET Session State with Azure Websites - through external session state providers: Table Storage, SQL AzureAzure Redis Cache Service
  • The Visual Studio 2013 Express edition for Web doesn't have a menu option to enable word wrap. The shortcut Ctrl+E+W can be used.
  • Mono is a free and open source project led by Xamarin (formerly by Novell and originally by Ximian) to create an Ecma standard-compliant, .NET Framework-compatible set of tools including, among others, a C# compiler and a Common Language Runtime. Mono can be run on many software systems including Android, most Linux distributions, BSD, OS X, Windows, Solaris, and even some game consoles such as PlayStation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360. Mono is Spanish for monkey. Mono's current version is 3.2.8 (as of February 2014). This version provides the core API of the .NET Framework and support for Visual Basic.NET and C# versions 2.0, 3.0, and 4.0.  - Wikipedia
  • Google Now uses your smartphone’s accelerometer to get a read on when you’ve been driving, when you’ve stopped driving, and when you’ve started walking, and from that, it determines your approximate parking spot.
  • 20.9% of Android devices run on KitKat/Android 4.4 while 54.2% run Jelly Bean.
  • Ebola is 90 percent fatal once caught, making it the second most lethal human infection after rabies. The disease is hard to spot in its early stages, when it presents symptoms such as fatigue, fever, muscle aches and vomiting that are also caused by common illnesses like influenza and malaria. Infected patients can carry the virus for up to three weeks before they show even these symptoms. Their natural hosts are thought to be fruit bats. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists Ebola as a Category A bioterrorism agent. - Forbes
  • India's 30 richest business family heads: Mukesh Ambani (Reliance Industries Ltd); Azim Premji (Wipro); Sunil Mittal (Bharti Airtel); Dilip Shanghvi(Sun Pharma); Anil Aggarwal (Sterlite); Shiv Nadar (HCL); Anil Ambani (Reliance Power and Communications); Kumar Birla (Grasim); Uday Kotak (Kotak Bank); Choksi-Dani-Vakil (Asian Paints); Gautam Adani (Adani Enterprises); KP Singh (DLF); VC Burman (Dabur); Keshub Mahindra (Mahindra & Mahindra): Adi Godrej (Godrej Industries); DB Gupta (Lupin); Rahul Bajaj (Bajaj Auto); Brijmohan Munjal (Hero): Subhash Chandra (ZEE): Naveen Jindal (Jindal Steel and Power); Vijay Mallya (United Spirits); Sajjan Jindal (JSW Steel); YK Hamied (Cipla); Pankaj Patel (Cadila); Kalanithi Maran (SUN TV); VC Sehgal (Motherson Sumi); Reddy family (Dr Reddy's Labs); BK Parekh (Pidilite): BM Bangur (Shree Cement); and Sudhir Mehta (Torrent).
  • Adani is India's biggest port operator (Mundra, Dahej, Kandla, Vizag, Goa,Dhamra); biggest power producer (plants in Gujarat, Odisha, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh); and biggest seller of branded edible oil. His biggest project is a mammoth $ 16.5 billion coal project in Australia which experts fear will sink him. - Times of India
  • Ashish Hemrajani is the founder and CEO of Bigtree/BookMyShow.com which he started in 1999. Network18 has a stake in BookMyShow.com. Reliance has taken over Network18. Reliance Fresh (convenience store chain) often runs promotional activities that have customer benefits like free movie tickets (from BookMyShow.com only on week-days) processed by Bigtree. This is a clever way for Bigtree to manage unused ticket inventory.
  • Vittal Mallya was elected to the board of United Breweries Ltd (UBL) in 1947 at the age of 22. Before passing away at the age of 39, he handed over control of the group’s beer and spirit businesses to his 28-year old son Vijay Mallya, who had returned from the US and the UK after working with companies there. Vijay Mallya got a Ferrari from his father when he was just four. Kingfisher Airlines which was launched in May 2005 as a gift to Vijay Mallya's son Siddharth on his 18th birthday has never made any profit since its inception. Vijay Mallya's ill-fated entry into aviation has led to his downfall. - Mint
  • Bharat Ratna is "a political recognition for politicians". Nearly half of the 43 Bharat Ratnas awarded so far have gone to political figures. This category includes a host of former presidents and prime ministers including Jawaharlal Nehru and political intellectuals such as B.R. Ambedkar.

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