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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 #185

This Week I Learned -

A reference architecture is a set of standards, best practices and guidelines for a given architecture that architects, consultants, administrators or managers refer to when making decisions on future implementations in that environment. Don't jump into Azure without a reference architecture.

* Cloud is now the default standard for infrastructure

* The idea of AWS, the cloud Infrastructure as a Service arm of Amazon.com, grew from a need to optimize the infrastructure of their e-commerce applications.

If adaptive bots learn from every meaningful human interaction they have, then mistreatment and abuse become technological toxins. Bad behavior can poison bot behavior. 

Azure Reference Architectures - "content is really more of the building blocks for constructing an RA rather than a full RA"

The pattern & practices team, a part of the Azure Customer Advisory Team (!, wasn't it an independent entity earlier), is chartered with discovering, communicating, and promoting techniques that lead to success when engineering for the cloud.

* The Indian software export industry is about $110 billion. It employs around 4.25 million people. It has a 60 per cent market share of global outsourcing and is globally dominant. Of the 10 top software service companies globally ranked by market cap, five are Indian. Of the top five, three are Indian. All of them have a massive presence in India. Of the total number of employees, amounting to nearly 2 million, in these top 10 companies, about 70 per cent are based in India or travel out of India - NDTV

Tech employees have to navigate unclear, overlapping and shared accountabilities that can create confusion, misalignment and competition. In addition, these priorities, projects and assignments constantly shift - Consistent ambiguity

* Telecom regulator TRAI will examine concerns over unsolicited online video ads that download automatically without consumers’ knowledge, pushing up their data costs inadvertently. At about 20-30 paise per MB, data is expensive.

Vikas Swarup, the current official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs of India is the author of the novel Q&A, adapted in film as Slumdog Millionaire, the winner of Best Film for the year 2009 at the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards and BAFTA Awards. Vikas Swarup started writing his debut novel in 2003. It tells the life story of the protagonist - an orphan & waiter, in each chapter and at the end comes the question. There are 12 chapters in the novel and the last chapter is named the thirteenth question, when he wins the jackpot.

* The frail civic infrastructure of Hyderabad crumbled completely during the continuous rainfall in mid-September and it is still yet to recover completely. The rainfall wasn't even as acute the highest of 24 cm rainfall recorded in August 2000 & nowhere near the highest that Chennai (104.9 cm) & Mumbai (108.8 cm) experienced in recent times. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation is still grappling to correct the issues that caused flooding. The GHMC has identified 3,370 encroachments on major "nalas" flowing through 80 km length in greater Hyderabad region. 3,370 encroachments that missed their eye till there was a calamity!

"Knowledge Brings Fear"

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