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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 #135

This Week I Learned -

* Azure interacts primarily through RESTful APIs. Even behind the scenes the Azure PowerShell libraries call the Azure REST APIs. Many times from PowerShell you would just use the Azure PowerShell cmdlets, however there may be times that either there is no cmdlet available as the REST API is very new or perhaps you wish to interact without requiring the Azure PowerShell modules to be installed.

Interesting facts from S Anand's talk on Data Visualization
- Visualization is communicating ideas in a easy to understand way
- Doordarshi Party keeps contesting in elections across India but hasn't won a single seat so far
- Bilaspur and Shimoga have weather patterns opposite to what's in their sorrounding regions
- Russian scamsters linked to a shopping site in UK (sucking up their bandwidth) to sell their products so that potential buyers could view product information from the UK site
- When people cook up numbers they cook up round numbers
- Excel and Powerpoint can also help with visualizing data. You can do gecoding in Excel
- Airtel runs on DB2

While you read from a Kindle, Kindle reads you. Amazon keeps very detailed records of your reading habits

It is estimated that at least 6.5 million Chinese had no official status because they were born outside the family planning rules which restricted couples to one child.

Vir Sanghvi's formula for tipping in India: for okay service, 12 per cent is great. For good service, 15 per cent. For exceptional service, 18 per cent to 20 per cent. At the Oberoi group, where a service charge is now the norm, many old staff members left when it became clear that they would now have to share their tips. At ITC, where servers get tips, the best waiters and captains can make so much money that not only do they always earn more than their bosses, the restaurant managers, but many have even refused to be promoted to a managerial grade because then they would lose their tips.

If a person is lying they will add excessive details to make themselves sound more credible to their chosen victim.

As Anton Chekhov's family fell into poverty, he had to pay for his own education, which he managed by private tutoring, catching and selling goldfinches, and selling short sketches to the newspapers, among other jobs. He sent every ruble he could spare to his family, along with humorous letters to cheer them up. In 1884, Chekhov qualified as a physician, which he considered his principal profession though he made little money from it and treated the poor free of charge. His literary output is prolific

Any journalism that uses multi panelled comics format as a medium of storytelling can be called comics journalism

Prabodhankar Thackeray, father of Bal Thackeray, changed the spelling of the family name to mimic his favourite satirist from British India, William Makepiece Thackeray

Konkan Railway has 2 timetables - the regular one and for monsoons (trains run slower). The route covered by it has 92 tunnels, 59 stations. The longest tunnel is 4 miles long and takes 10 minutes to cover. The Pernem tunnel took 7 years to complete. The 800 kilometers track opened on January 26th, 1998

Keep Calm and Carry On was a motivational poster produced by the British government in 1939 in preparation for the Second World War. The poster was intended to raise the morale of the British public, threatened with widely predicted mass air attacks on major cities. It was produced as part of a series of three "Home Publicity" posters (the others read "Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution Will Bring Us Victory" and "Freedom Is in Peril. Defend It With All Your Might"). Detailed planning for the posters had started in April 1939. Printing began on 23 August 1939.Design historian Susannah Walker regards the campaign as "a resounding failure" and reflective of a misjudgement by upper-class civil servants of the mood of the people. As the popularity of the poster in various media has grown, innumerable parodies, imitations and co-optations have also appeared, making it a notable meme. Examples have included "Now Panic and Freak Out" (with an upside-down crown), "Get Excited and Make Things" (with a crown incorporating spanners), "Keep Calm and Have a Cupcake" (with a cupcake icon), "Don't Panic and Fake a British Accent", "Keep Calm and Hate Apple" (with the Windows logo), "Keep Calm and Hate Microsoft" (with the Apple logo), "Keep Calm and Switch to Linux" (with Tux) and "Keep Spending and Carry On Shopping".

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