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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 #180

This Week I Learned -

ARM or Azure Resource Manager templates can be integrated with existing provisioning and configuration management tools such as Chef, Puppet, Ansible, and PowerShell DSC. This feature makes ARM play well with existing DevOps tools

* The open source tool Azure Resource Manager Explorer shows you all your resources in a tree view.

* 2 MVPs maintain the Azure Pack & Azure Stack Wikis

AWS CloudFormationAzure Resource Manager  make it possible to manage infrastructure as code.

Azure Portal Service availability chart shows which of the Azure services and applications are supported on either of the 2 portals (Current & Classic). Unfortunately like most articles in the Azure documentation the page doesn't show the date on which it was created or last edited thereby making it unclear if it reflects the latest info.

Interactive Azure Platform Big Picture brings all of the Microsoft Azure services into a single webpage.

When deploying resources, you typically need to specify a region for the resources. Resource Manager is supported in all regions, but the resources you deploy might not be supported in all regions. It is possible to determine the regions for a particular resource type that your subscription supports through Azure Powershell

* The mobile web site "LinkedIn Lite" is built for India to boost LinkedIn's growth beyond its present 37 million users. The company claims the new version will load four times faster than its previous mobile website.

* The website of Bessemer Venture Partners, America's oldest venture capital firm, lists their anti-portfolio or where they screwed up.

If you use OpenDNS, you can filter web traffic right at the router, blacklist certain sites

* Some facts about the US in the 6-part BBC series Stephen Fry in America covering the 50 states -
- California has the 7th largest economy in the world
- The world's largest natural bridge in San Juan County, Navajo Reservation, Page, Arizona is nearly as high as the Statue of Liberty, spans 275 feet across the water.
- America bought Alaska from Russia for 7.2 million dollars
- Alaskan in Barrow - "(in the winter when its all dark) we find our way with the help of the stars ...or GPS"

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that effective September 2017, it would prohibit the sale of non-medical soap containing triclosan or 18 other ingredients marketed as antimicrobials, as it did not find these products to be any more effective than ordinary soaps. Triclosan was initially used for hospital environments, but its use spread as a miracle guard against infection. Triclosan is being used in toothpaste, handwash, talcum powder, etc. - The Hindu

A U.S. government safety agency on Friday urged all consumers to stop using Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones, which are prone to catch fire, and top airlines globally banned their use during flights. For Samsung, which prides itself on manufacturing prowess, the scale of the recall is expected to be unprecedented. Some 2.5 million of the premium devices have been sold worldwide. Some analysts say the recall could cost Samsung nearly $5 billion in revenue - The Hindu

Roughly one-third of adult Americans are now obese; two-thirds are overweight; and diabetes afflicts some 29 million. Another 86 million Americans have a condition called pre-diabetes. Bariatric surgery, until now seen as a last resort, is becoming a standard option for diabetes treatment. The procedure involves stapling, binding or removing part of the stomach to help people shed weight. It costs $11,500 to $26,000 - NY Times

* When someone has diabetes, he can no longer produce sufficient insulin to process glucose (sugar) in the blood. To lower glucose levels, diabetics need to increase insulin, either by taking medication that increases their own endogenous production or by injecting insulin directly.

* A diet low in carbohydrates is more effective than one low in fat for reducing both blood sugar and most cardiovascular risk factors.

There’s actually a long list of things that made an appearance on Star Trek before being invented for real—tablet computers, video calling, portable memory, flip phones—all prime examples of life imitating art.

Usain Bolt, a Jamaican sprinter, had to beat 84 other runners in order to win his third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the 100-metre dash title in Rio de Janeiro.

* The term fibre optics was coined by Narinder Singh Kapany in 1956. Narinder Singh Kapany is also known as "Father of Fiber Optics"

* IEEE named Jagdish Chandra Bose one of the fathers of radio science. He is also considered the father of Bengali science fiction.

The 98-sq km Serilingampally constituency, home to IT giants, pays the highest property tax among all Assembly constituencies in Telangana — Rs 400 crore as property tax and another Rs 200 crore towards trade licence and registration fees. But not even 50 per cent of that money is being used to upgrade civic conditions in the constituency. The 10 divisions of the GHMC in Serilingampally have no drainage system; the old pipelines were installed by the gram panchayat decades ago and about 40 per cent of the area has no roads. Traffic officials say Serilingampally has 60 km of damaged roads and for over 40 km there are no roads at all. Cyberabad traffic police is understaffed, with a total of just 600 personnel - Deccan Chronicle

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