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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 #82

This Week I Learned:

Azure Websites supports direct integration with CDN. A typical CDN URL will look like this:
http://<CDNNamespace>.vo.msecnd.net/

- To use jQuery in Node, browser extensions, and other non-browser environments, use only 2.x releases. 1.x does not support these environments.

iGrowl is a lightweight jQuery plugin that generates growl-like notifications with an emphasis on icons. Alerts are fully responsive and CSS animations are used to provide optimal performance.

- Developers at Google built AngularJS and Polymer. The creator of jQuery, John Resig, is a former Mozilla engineer.

A YouTube uploader can track if viewers have watched a video completely.

Amazon India has exceeded gross merchandise sales of more than $1 billion within a year of launching in India.

- Rather than apologize that a demo may not work during a live presentation, you can say something along the lines of what Jon Galloway says in the MVA Bootstrap course - "Here's our promise to you. We'll break something"

- Bill Watterson is not comfortable with scanners or Photoshop or large email attachments. - The National Cartoonist magazine (free digital mag)

- Dot Cabs is one of the few cab services in Hyderabad that currently lets you track the real time position of a cab driver assigned to your trip.

A R Rahman had to choose between joining Berklee to study music or compose for the movie Roja

Testing cosmetics and their ingredients on animals is not be permitted in India.

- Most people have about 200 genes that are said to be de novo mutated — that is, they are genes that have changed slightly from the parent line. - Go Ask Alice!

- Prior to the seventh week of human fetal development, both male and female fetuses look about the same, with undefined sexual organs (gonads) and ducts (called the Wolffian duct and Müllerian duct). After the seventh week, the gonads will turn into either testes or ovaries and one of the ducts will remain depending upon the combination of chromosomes. The presence of SRY gene, which is called the sex-determining region of the Y chromosome, initiates the development of the testes in the fetus.

- I learnt the following fun facts from the sample quiz app built using Polymer:
  ~ One of the fattiest fishes is salmon. 4 ounces contains 9 grams of fat
  ~ “The Three Musketeers” are Athos, Porthos and Aramis
  ~ Saint Isidore of Seville is the patron saint of The Internet.
  ~ Four of the worst ten maritime disasters all took place in 1945. All four ships sunk in the Baltic Sea
  ~ Prior to 1664 New York was called Amsterdam
  ~ Lacrosse is the national sport of Canada
  ~ India won every Olympic Men’s hockey gold medal from 1928 to 1956
  ~ USA, France, Japan have fifty or more nuclear reactors
  ~ Casablanca is in Morocco
  ~ Hummingbird is the only bird that can fly backwards
  ~ Bart Simpson's age remains 10 in the TV show 'The Simpsons'
  ~ A cluster or bunch of bananas is called a hand
  ~ Mark Twain described Cauliflower as “cabbage with a college education”

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