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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 #73

This Week I Learned:
  • Nuget automatically creates a local package cache at %localappdata%\NuGet\Cache and you can use this if ever you have to work offline. Of course you have to had download the package at least once for this to work.
  • To avoid checking in Nuget packages folder to source control, you can turn off source control integration for the Packages folder by setting the "disableSourceControlIntegration" propety in the nuget.config to "true".
  • New bits are deployed to the Visual Studio Online service every 3 weeks
  • Bootstrap 3 needs jQuery 1.9.0 or higher. jQuery 2.x isn't supported by IE8 though.
  • Chrome Incognito Mode can be blocked through Group Policy.
  • Firefox OS is the first device platform built entirely to open Web standards, with every feature developed as an HTML5 application. 
  • Intex Cloud FX Firefox OS "budget" smartphone sells for Rs 1999 while the cheapest Android smartphone in India is Karbonn Smart A50s which costs INR 2699.
  • WhatsMyUserAgent.com can show you your browser user agent and IP address.
  • the thriving Indian smartphone market .. is set to double to more than 80 million devices this year.
  • India is Facebook's second largest market in terms of user-base
  • After logistics, the payment gateway created the maximum dent in margins for Flipkart. So they came up with their own - Payzippy. Payzippy is now also used by Makemytrip, Caratlane, Trendin, iTiffin
  • A former consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, Dhiraj Rajaram was 28 when he started Mu Sigma with personal savings of $200,000 (Rs 1.2 crore) almost a decade ago. He is expecting his decade-old firm to be valued at $6-7 billion (Rs 36,000-42,000 crore) after a new round of funding.This year, the market for big data will reach $16.1 billion (Rs 97,000 crore), growing six times faster than the overall IT market, according to research firm IDC. Mu Sigma, which competes with global players such as Palantir, Cloudera and Splunk - ET
  • London Heathrow Airport has the most international passenger traffic of any airport in the world. - Wikipedia
  • Florida Polytechnic University's new library houses not a single physical book but 1,35,000 ebooks. Similar to the pay-as-you-go cloud-computing model, a budget of $60,000 has been set aside for students to read ebooks that the library doesn't already own but will only pay when a student uses a ebook. Is this good or bad? This means sad days for actual book-worms, termites and vandals. Folks in a new generation may eventually not know what a physical book is (or why there is a meaningless [floppy disk] icon for 'Save'!)

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