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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 #165

This Week I Learned -

* Azure App Service app cloning can be used to clone apps from one region or one app service environment to another. 

* Active geo-replication in Azure SQL Database provides database-level disaster recovery, cross-region redundancy, readable online secondary databases, and automatic asynchronous replication.

On June 2, 2016, users from multiple locations faced issues searching for a product on Amazon’s desktop as well as mobile websites. The problem lasted for more than 3 hours.

* Based on interest-based ads policy pages of Facebook and Amazon is that they are both associated with the Digital Advertising Alliance & follow the same modus operandi

The average age of an InMobian is 28 years

It takes quite some time to draw a cartoon & color it

* In October 1887, John Boyd Dunlop, a veterinary surgeon, developed the first practical pneumatic or inflatable tyre for his son's tricycle

Henry Nicholas III cofounded fabless semiconductor firm Broadcom in 1991 from a spare bedroom in a Redondo Beach, Calif. condominium with business partner Henry Samueli, his professor at UCLA to become one of the most financially successful student-teacher partnership of all time. In February 2016 Broadcom finalled a $37 billion cash and stock deal to be acquired by chip firm Avago and, the largest acquisition in technology to date.

* In 1984, less than half of people on The Forbes 400 were self-made; today, 69% of the 400 created their own fortunes. To merit a score of 10, a member of the Forbes 400 (billionaires) would have to have been born into poverty, or lower middle class, and had to overcome obstacles such as being left an orphan, forced to work low-paying jobs, or faced abuse or discrimination.  Oprah Winfrey, who grew up dirt poor, raised alternately by her single mom and her grandmother, and was sexually abused by several male relatives, and George Soros, who survived the Nazi occupation of Budapest, fled Hungary under Communist rule and worked his way through the London School of Economics as a railway porter and a waiter, are prime examples of what a 10 represents.
1: Inherited fortune but not working to increase it: Laurene Powell Jobs
2: Inherited fortune and has a role managing it: Forrest Mars Jr.
3: Inherited fortune and helping to increase it marginally: Penny Pritzker
4: Inherited fortune and increasing it in a meaningful way: Henry Ross Perot Jr.
5: Inherited small or medium-size business and made it into a ten-digit fortune: Donald Trump
6: Hired or hands-off investor who didn’t create the business: Meg Whitman
7: Self-made who got a head start from wealthy parents and moneyed background: Rupert Murdoch
8: Self-made who came from a middle- or upper-middle-class background: Mark Zuckerberg
9: Self-made who came from a largely working-class background; rose from little to nothing: Eddie Lampert
10: Self-made who not only grew up poor but also overcame significant obstacles: Oprah Winfrey

* Teens react differntly to information when they believe it has been endorsed by many or few of their peers, even if these peers are strangers, according to UCLA researchers.This behavior influences posts they may "like" on Facebook

India Post is one of the prime carriers that Amazon India uses as a delivery channel in over 19,000 pin-codes through 155,000 post-offices which includes a majority of outlets in rural areas across all 35 states and union territories in India.

* Tiger Global Management, the largest investor in Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart, reduced its stake in the rival company Amazon by about two-third in the January-March 2016 quarter. Alibaba has investments in PayTM, Snapdeal, NDTV’s gadget e-commerce venture, Gadgets 360.

Every year, Indian Railways loses about Rs.1,500 crore in providing 53 concessions as a part of social service obligation, including those for senior citizens, differently-abled and patients. Of the total loss of Rs.1,500 crore on passenger fare concessions, the largest chunk of about Rs.1,000 crore is accounted for by subsidies for senior citizens. The Parliamentary Affairs Ministry pays the full ticket fares for Members of Parliament travelling on railway concession passes - The Hindu

* The automobile industry is the largest constituent of the manufacturing sector in the country's economy which contributes to more than 47% of the manufacturing GDP of the country...it is the fifth largest sector receiving Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the country.

* "There is no doubt that our grievances against the British Empire had a sound basis. As the painstaking statistical work of the Cambridge historian Angus Maddison has shown, India's share of world income collapsed from 22.6% in 1700, almost equal to Europe's share of 23.3% at that time, to as low as 3.8% in 1952. Indeed, at the beginning of the 20th century, "the brightest jewel in the British Crown" was the poorest country in the world in terms of per capita income." — Manmohan Singh

* Happydent White chewing gum is an Ayurvedic Proprietary Medicine! It lists Neem satva, Pudina satva, Pudina spiceta, Meetha (baking) soda as ingredients and is manufactured by Perfetti Van Melle, a global confectionary conglomerate headquartered in Lainate, Italy and Breda (the Netherlands). Perfetti Van Melle India crossed 1,200 crores in 2010 and 1,600 crores in 2012.

* Hong Kong Phoenix Television political commentator Wu Jun thinks Trump “could in fact be the best president for China,”

The New York City Marathon sure has come a long way; from 127 entrants in its inaugural year (1970) to being the largest marathon in the world in 2015 with over 49,000 finishers!

When drinking alcohol, intoxication occurs when it passes from the stomach and intestines to the blood, in a process called absorption. While all types of ingested alcohol are eventually absorbed, the rate of absorption is determined by factors such as biological sex, body weight, type of alcohol, full or empty stomach, speed of consumption, and the use of medications or other drugs in your system. For most people, the body can process approximately 1 to 1.5 ounces (oz.) of pure alcohol an hour, which is the amount contained in a single standard drink (i.e., twelve oz. beer, five oz. of wine, or one and a half oz. of hard liquor). While the choice of alcoholic beverage can vary between people, the rate at which the alcohol is absorbed into the body does not change  - Go Ask Alice!

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