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Tech Tips, Tricks & Trivia

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

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


This Week I Learned - Week #74

This Week I Learned:
  • Chrome releases a new version approximately every six weeks.
  • Chrome DevTools Tip: Drag an image from the Resources Panel to your desktop to save it locally
  • To open command prompt at a specific path, open the related folder in Windows Explorer. Then go to the address bar and type 'cmd'. 
  • Google's Closure Compiler tool which can minify JavaScript files, is available as an online service
  • In the EU it is required you give some heads up to the user that you are using cookies. All it takes is a small message, a section in the disclamer, or a one-time pop-up (those are rare). Sometimes there is an opt-out possibility
  • The Bing Translator app has a Camera translation feature that can translate signs, menus, newspapers, or any printed text with your device's camera in an instant
  • The mobile version of Outlook.com can work on the desktop browser with the URL http://m.mail.live.com if the browser can emulate a mobile device.
  • There is currently no in-built way to turn off Messenger (Messaging) in Outlook.com. As a result, a user will appear visible on Skype to his contacts without explicitly opening Skype Messenger. To disable Messenger (Messaging) in Outlook.com, add this entry to the HOSTS file on a Windows PC -  0.0.0.0 geo.gateway.messenger.live.com
  • ICICI Bank now offers a Cardless Cash Withdrawal service that lets a beneficiary withdraw cash from over 9000 ICICI Bank ATMs across India, without any ATM card, using the details received through SMS on the beneficiaries mobile number. The sender of the money will receive a unique 4-digit code on your mobile from ICICI Bank on initiating a money transfer. The sender has to share the 4-digit code with beneficiary. The beneficiary will also receive a separate SMS with a unique 6-digit code on their mobile phone from ICICI Bank. The beneficiary will have to provide his mobile number, 4-digit code (as received by the sender), 6-digit code (as received by the beneficiary), the amount to be withdrawn (in INR) at the ATM. Cash will be dispensed on successful authentication of all these four parameters. 
  • Why the Indian economy went down in 2013 - Demand for gold suddenly skyrocketed in early 2013, creating a record trade deficit. At that point, Fed chief Bernanke hinted at a rise in US interest rates. In response, billions of dollars exited from all emerging markets (including India) into the US. The rupee crashed from Rs 55 to Rs 68 per dollar before recovering slowly to Rs 62. The falling rupee greatly increased the rupee price of imported items like diesel and fertilizers, smashing Chidambaram's plan to prune subsidies and curb the fiscal deficit. The RBI had to raise interest rates, scotching chances of an industrial recovery . The global economy slowed, and India with it. Chidambaram correctly blamed bad luck in external factors for many problems... - Swaminomics
  • “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” - Albert Einstein

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