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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 #141

This Week I Learned -

DevOps is a process transformation that automates every step of the software development lifecycle (SDLC) so that it flows like a manufacturing line

* Google is crowd-sourcing the improvement of its Indian language translation quality. As part of second Translatathon in India, it allows participants to translate English words and these will be validated by volunteers themselves. Having validated some words, I realized why validation is important as well.
* Flipkart clearly marks if the routers sold through it have an inbuilt modem unlike other Indian online shopping sites. This note seems to have come up after several complaints from first-time router purchasers who actually needed a modem+router but mistakenly bought just a router.
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a sodium salt derived from the amino acid, glutamic acid (also known as glutamate). It was discovered in 1908 by a Japanese professor named Kikunae Ikeda when he isolated the substance from seaweed broth and determined that it was behind the broth’s savory taste. Upon this discovery, it was patented and then commercially produced as a flavor enhancer. The most commonly used method of producing it today is by fermenting starch, sugar beets, sugar cane, or molasses. It’s now added to edibles such as Asian food, processed meats, and canned vegetables and soups. Tomatoes, Cheeses, Soy extract, Autolyzed yeast extract may contain naturally-occurring MSG - Go Ask Alice!

Wipeables is a book by Philip Su that openly invites you to use it as toilet tissue.

* The African elephant's genome contains the largest number of olfactory receptor (OR) genes — nearly 2,000...That means elephants' sniffers are five times more powerful than people's noses, twice that of dogs, and even stronger than the previous known record-holder in the animal kingdom: rats - The Hindu

* I guess we are going to hear conversations like this in 2016 -

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