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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 #178

This Week I Learned -

* The Second Edition of  the free ebook Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure is out

Target Framework Migrator Visual Studio Extension can help in the migration of .NET projects on one Framework version to another all at once.

* Three new vulnerabilities dubbed “Trident” have been recently identified in Apple iPhone Operating System. An attacker, using a Trident vulnerability, may be able to track mobile phones and gain access to sensitive information of the phone user. All Apple iOS mobile device users (iPhone, iPad) are prone to this vulnerability

* One of the most important projects of GE Digital,  which now employs 1,400 people, is to build a computer operating system, but on an industrial scale — a Microsoft Windows or Google Android for factories and industrial equipment. G.E. is following an open-source model with Predix, its re-imagining of a cloud-based operating system for industrial applications.providing a basic design, but one open to outside contributors. Tata Consultancy Services says it now has 500 programmers designing and developing Predix applications for customers in the electric-utility, aviation and health care industries. G.E. also promotes partnerships with Infosys, Wipro and Capgemini to help business write Predix software - NY Times

* At GE Digital, Darren Haas is head of platform cloud engineering. When he left Apple to join GE, Mr. Haas was head of cloud engineering, managing the computing engine behind Siri, iTunes and iCloud. He was a member of the founding team at Siri, the voice-based digital assistant start-up Apple acquired in 2010. He describes his  job as applying modern software technology — machine learning, artificial intelligence and cloud computing — to the industrial arena.

* G.E., is a 124-year-old company and America’s largest manufacturer, with more than 300,000 employees worldwide. More than a third of the world’s electricity is generated on G.E. equipment.

* Wi-Fi “vision” - As people move through a space with a Wi-Fi signal, their bodies affect it, absorbing some waves and reflecting others in various directions. By analyzing the exact ways that a Wi-Fi signal is altered when a human moves through it, researchers can “see” what someone writes with their finger in the air, identify a particular person by the way that they walk, and even read a person’s lips with startling accuracy—in some cases even if a router isn’t in the same room as the person performing the actions. Beyond human identification and general gesture recognition, Wi-Fi signals can be used to discern even the slightest of movements with extreme precision - The Atlantic

* Online lodging start-up Airbnb brings greater productivity but doesn’t own the assets they sell.

* In what can be billed as the-first-of-its kind initiative by any large firm in India’s $150 billion outsourcing sector, Wipro is putting together a model under which engineers who know newer programming languages such as Swift and Python will be paid better than those who know only traditional, yet still relevant, programming language like Java - Mint

Amazon's workforce is 39% female

"In the past I’ve overthought everything, questioning what I should say and exactly how to say it (‘I need to say X. This is good. I’ll say it soon when I find an opening.’,‘Should I have said this earlier? Maybe it’s too late now.’). Now I get a thought in my head and try to say it within 20 seconds or less so I can’t second guess myself. Sometimes this means I - gasp - have to talk over someone if it’s important enough. Stop inner monologues before they start."

* Google Public Alerts map shows where emergencies are happening around the world

YouTube can display subtitles in multiple languages simultaneously


Doctors in training are still judged first on memorization—of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and pharmacology. During clinical rotations, we become hoarders of checklists, templates, and algorithms to be recalled at a moment's notice. Medical students are critiqued on posture, eye contact, and use of strategic pauses.

For the last few decades, and almost since astronauts first captured images of the nocturnal Earth, researchers have recognized that “night lights” data indirectly indexes the wealth of people producing the light. This econometric power seems to work across the planet: Not only do cities glow brighter than farmland, but American cities outshine Indian cities; and as a country’s GDP increases, so does its nighttime luminosity.

* Anu Aga orchestrated one of the greatest revival stories corporate India had witnessed - she took over the reins of Thermax after her CEO husband's death and at a time when Thermax’s share price plunged from Rs 400 to Rs 36. By the time she stepped down as chairperson in 2004, the total income of the group company was at an unprecedented Rs 1,281 crore.

* Cheap baits - "Do 3 or more transactions using ICICI Bank Internet Banking and get an Amazon.in gift voucher worth ₹200. First 1,000 customers to do 3 or more transactions with a cumulative value of more than ₹2,000 will get an Amazon.in gift voucher worth ₹200. Offer valid till August 31, 2016"

* “For Reliance... data is the new oil, and intelligent data is the new petrol” - Mukesh Ambani

* "If I were given one hour to save the planet, I would spend 59 minutes defining the problem and one minute resolving it"  - Albert Einstein

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