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Tech Tips, Tricks & Trivia

by 'Anil' Radhakrishna
A seasoned developer's little discoveries and annotated bookmarks.

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


This Week I Learned - Week #116

This Week I Learned -

Now you can get programmatic access to Azure usage and pricing data. You can call the Azure Usage API to get hourly and daily aggregations of your Azure consumption data. The Azure RateCard API offers an exhaustive list of available resources with their retail prices. 
* Google employee No. 107 Chade-Meng Tan (Meng)'s  current job description is, "Enlighten minds, open hearts, create world peace"

* "We're finding it's not necessarily the reality that shapes us, but the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality. And if we can change the lens, not only can we change your happiness, we can change every single educational and business outcome at the same time." - Shawn Achor

* How much data does Google have?  According to Randall Munroe - "about 10 exabytes of data across all of Google's operations, and then another maybe five exabytes or so of offline storage in tape drives, which it turns out Google is about the world's largest consumer of.". Following this revelation, Google sent him a coded response through punch cards that when deciphered, read - "No comment".

* Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is a complete protein - meaning it contains all 9 of the essential amino acids which cannot be made by the body and therefore must come from food.

What is it that we have that no other animal has? My answer is that we have the largest number of neurons in the cerebral cortex, and I think that's the simplest explanation for our remarkable cognitive abilities. And what is it that we do that no other animal does, and which I believe was fundamental to allow us to reach that large, largest number of neurons in the cortex? In two words, we cook. No other animal cooks its food. Only humans do. And I think that's how we got to become human.

* The total number of post offices in India is 1,56,882


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