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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 #84

This Week I Learned:

The beta of Netscape version 6.0 was released almost three years after version 4.0 - an awfully long time in the Internet world. There never was a version 5.0.

- Python 3.0, also known as “Python 3000” or “Py3K”, is the first ever intentionally backwards incompatible Python release.

toastr jQuery notification plugin was simple to setup & deploy compared to iGrowl as it doesn't have too many dependencies. The CSS & JS files for toastr are available on CDN JS.

- The 219 million mobile-only users now make up close to 20% of Facebook's total user base.

- Facebook mobile advertising now represents 41% of its overall ad revenue.

- The Building Apps for Windows blog recommends optimizing apps to run on low memory phones, with 512MB or less, as these devices generate roughly 60% of phone downloads.

- The ISO-8601 Date format: YYYY-MM-DDTHH:mm:ss.sssZ is supported by JavaScript. It is endorsed by W3C, RFC3339 & XKCD. ISO8601 contains all the information to be understand by human and computer and does not relies on the beginning of the computer era (1970-1-1)

- According to a US Department of Agriculture report, 21% of food at the consumer level went uneaten.

- United States is the world's largest consumer and producer of beef.

- Americans eat a lot of meat but still spend just 11 percent of their income on food, less than people in many other countries.

- Millet ranks with buckwheat and quinoa as one of the great ancient grains. It is high in protein. It needs little water to grow and can withstand drought and extreme heat.

- Plasmodium, the parasitic protozoan that causes malaria manipulates the behavior of the host mosquito to become blood shy while it is developing and when it is ready to enter a human host, it drives the mosquito to become blood thirsty and foolhardy - National Geographic

- Among the top IT services providers in India, HCL Technologies is so far proving to be the most efficient when it comes to revenue productivity. In 2012-13, it employed 18,270 staff for every billion dollar in revenue. Infosys required 21,202 employees, Wipro 23,480 and TCS 23,810 for every $1 billion in the top line. Since the end of 2007, India's largest standalone BPO, Genpact, has reduced the number of employees needed to earn $1 billion in revenue by over 10,000 to 29,577. - Economic Times

- The Reserve Bank of India’s directive to Uber to change its payment method will lead to a 120X increase in its potential user base. By utilizing Paytm's wallet service, it can potentially reach out to 600 million people who have a bank account with net-banking facilities whereas earlier it was accessible to just five million Indians who own a credit card.

- There are 1.5 lakh autorickshaws in Greater Hyderabad

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