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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 #186

This Week I Learned -

* Azure Disk Encryption for Windows and Linux Standard IaaS virtual machines is now generally available to enable so customers can protect and safeguard the operating system disk and data disks at rest using industry-standard encryption technology.

* Azure Service Fabric for Windows Server is a standalone runtime that lets customers create their own Service Fabric cluster on any set of Windows Server 2012 R2 or 2016 hosts, whether on premises or in any cloud.

Azure SQL Database Advisor greatly reduces the time required to produce and implement index-tuning recommendations. Now customers can run their production workload in SQL Database for a day, and Advisor will offer relevant tuning recommendations to improve performance (and apply them when customers have enabled automated tuning) - Azure Newsletter

* The Mirai botnet which was largely made up of so-called “internet of things” (IoT) devices such as digital cameras and DVR players was the primary source of the malicious DDOS attack that disrupted internet across Europe & USThe affected sites include Amazon, Twitter, Netflix, Etsy, Github, and Spotify. The issue appears to have something to do with DNS hosts - in particular, Dyn, one of the biggest DNS companies. Domain Name Servers are a core part of the internet's backbone. They translate what you type into your browser -www.businessinsider.com, for example - into IP addresses that computers can understand.

* The vomitation center, located in the brain's medulla oblongata, is the body's final decision maker on whether or not lunch is staying up or down when experiencing an upset stomach. When this specific area in the brain is stimulated, it can trigger vomiting - Go Ask Alice!

* A fifth of Canada’s population is foreign-born, about twice the share in America.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has sanctioned permission for 2620 hoardings/uni-poles to deface the aesthetics of the city

* The vision of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation is to "Make the city internationally competitive with world class infrastructure and services on par with Cities like Singapore, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur" and "Provide better civic amenities with planned development compared to Mega cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai".

* According to the shoddily written handbook available from the GHMC website, Hyderabad is the second largest city in terms of area (625 Sq.Km) and fifth in terms of population. The area under GHMC has 4 Parliamentary Constituencies, 24 Assembly Constituencies. Its Budget for FY 2012 – 13 was Rs.3600 Crore.

* India is the diabetes capital of the world with as many as 50 million people suffering from type-2 diabetes.

Stockholm has become a car-free city

67% of the people in Indian jails are undertrials - people not convicted of any crime and currently on trial in a court of law

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