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Tech Tips, Tricks & Trivia

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

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This Week I Learned - Week #86

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On October 28th, W3C officially recommended HTML5The W3C has declared HTML5 done and is moving on to HTML5.1, which will include all the features that didn’t make the first cut. 

The W3C has been meeting for twenty years, led by its director, Tim Berners-Lee, the principal creator of the Web. Its membership is drawn from close to four hundred academic, not-for-profit, and corporate organizations. Among its most engaged participants are large companies that build Web software and host enormous Web sites—ones like Google, Microsoft, and Facebook. They all pay dues for spots at the table—sixty-eight thousand five hundred dollars a year for the biggest U.S. firms

We still call Web pages “pages,” but many of them are actually software applications—“apps”

The Web is a Millennial. It was first proposed twenty-five years ago, in 1989.

Apple.com has one HTML5 validation error.The New York Times has a hundred and forty-three errors (at the time of writing this).

- LinkedIn and Facebook first build Hybrid apps but later switched from HTML to native for their mobile apps. Hybrid apps are a mix between web and native apps. They use the same technologies as a standard web app but run within a hybrid container such as Apache Cordova.

- Xamarin allows you to build apps for iOS, Android and Windows with .NET and C#. They have a Visual Studio extension available at the Business and Enterprise level that allows you to easily construct an app for the various platforms.

Google provides a security dashboard that lists what devices are accessing your Google account, when, and where they are

Google provides a tool to check to see if your site qualifies as mobile friendly

According to the HTTP Archive the average web site (among the Alexa Top 1,000,000 Sites) is 2 MB in data.

As many as 30% of women who are diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer have a family history of cancer, according to the researchersBoth men and women have BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes (short for BReast CAncer Susceptibility Gene 1 and 2), but it’s the mutation of these genes that is associated with an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancers. In the US, although genetic discrimination by insurance agencies or employers is prohibited (following the passage of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act), life insurance, disability insurance, and long-term care insurance are not covered. A positive BRCA1 or BRCA2 test result in a patient’s medical records could affect her/his coverage/insurance costs

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