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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 #157

This Week I Learned -

One of the great benefits of Azure VMs is the ability to change the size of your VM based on the needs for CPU, Network or disk performance using either Azure Classic Compute VMs or the newer Azure Resource Manager VMs.

Linus Torvalds transformed technology twice - first with the Linux kernel, which helps power the Internet, and again with Git, the source code management system used by developers worldwide. Excerpts from his TED talk:
- Linus by his own admission is "not a people person"..is "myopic to other people's feelings" (and is not proud of that) ..is hellish stubborn
- Both Linux and Git arose almost as an unintended consequence of his desire to not to work with too many people
- Linux wasn't started as a collaborative project.
- Git was his second big project to maintain his first big project. He hated CVS with a passion
- Likes to code for something meaningful not just for fun
- "I can't do UI to save my life"
- "Good taste is about really seeing the big patterns and kind of instinctively knowing the right way to do things"
- "I am not a visionary, I'm an engineer"
- Feels he is "more of an Edison than a Tesla"
Linus at the Linux World Headquarters
* Including the other apps it owns, such as WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger, Americans spend 30% of their mobile internet time on Facebook, compared to around 11% on Google search and YouTube combined. The amount of data Facebook collects on users has helped it become the world’s second-largest advertising company on mobile devices - The Economist

* Conventional wisdom holds that Millennials are entitled, easily distracted, impatient, self-absorbed, lazy, and unlikely to stay in any job for long. On the positive side, they’re also looking for purpose, feedback, and personal life balance in their work...Even the most widely accepted stereotypes about Millennials appear to be suspect. Millennial preferences are just about the same as the broader population  - HBR

Anesthesia, Iodine, Penicillin, the Telephone, Photography, Mauve Dye, Nylon, Vulcanized Rubber are all accidental discoveries. When Fleming published the results of his serendipitous discovery, in 1929, few took notice. It wasn’t until 1943 that penicillin came into widespread use to become the miracle drug of the 20th century. In 1945, Fleming, Florey, and Chain received the Nobel Prize for medicine. For any innovation to have an impact, there needs to be a discovery on an important insight; a viable, scalable solution; and, finally, a business model that allows the new idea to be adopted. Geniuses rarely act alone. Fleming’s pioneering work on penicillin not only was supported by Florey and Chain but also built on the work of earlier scientists, such as Ignaz Semmelweis, Louis Pasteur, and Robert Koch. Moreover, the science would never have found its practical application without support from the Rockefeller Foundation and the U.S. government. Great innovation happens when a diverse set of skills are integrated to effectively solve problems - HBR

* GlaxoSmithKline, the world’s sixth largest pharma company, has announced it will not file patents for its drugs in “low income” and “least developed” countries, enhancing access to medicines in a significant slice of the globe. India is a member of the Group of 20 industrial and developing nations, and is not looked upon as a low income country anymore. So, GSK will continue to seek patents in India.

India doesn’t allow dual nationality, so the Indian citizenship must be renounced when taking on another as an adult..there’s been a high growth in numbers of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards ..The OCI Card grants people of Indian origin with other passports a lifetime entry to India and several economic benefits such as being able to own land and investments in India.

*  As of March 2015, Nobel Prize-winning economist, Amartya Sen still has his Indian citizenship and “yes it does mean some visa hassles.” Mr. Sen has lived outside of India, in the U.K. and the U.S., since 1972.

* Finnish, British and Swedish-passport holders can enter 173 countries without a visa. Indian nationals were only allowed into 52 countries, same as passports from the Dominican Republic and Uzbekistan - WSJ

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