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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 #195

This Week I Learned -

* New T-SQL language features are available in memory-optimized tables and natively compiled stored procedures in premium tiers of Azure SQL Database.

Amazon Maturity Ratings (for its Prime Video titles) are closely based on established ratings classification systems from across the globe

The world’s biggest iPhone factory is Foxconn’s plant in Zhengzhou

* The map most widely adopted for educating youngsters was created by Gerardus Mercator, a Flemish geographer and cartographer, in 1569. The distortions give the impression that Greenland is the same size as Africa. It is no larger than the Democratic Republic of Congo & many times smaller than Africa - Economist

* Viruses can kill bacteria that antibiotics cannot. Bacteria-infecting viruses, known as bacteriophages, were discovered a century ago. They make a living by slipping inside their microbial hosts and hijacking their biochemistry to make many new copies of themselves. Many species of bacteriophages then burst out of their host, killing it in the process. Once antibiotics came to light, however, phage therapy virtually disappeared from most countries. Phage therapy still remained popular in the Soviet Union. Stalin’s soldiers had their wounds treated with viruses during World War II. Phage therapy might work where antibiotics failed. Phage therapy is not approved for regular use by the Food and Drug Administration - STAT (in medical parlance, “stat” means important and urgent)

Just over two and a half million Americans die every year, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, and we buy 90 million sympathy cards annually, a spokeswoman for Hallmark said. But 90 percent of those cards are bought by people over 40. The condolence model outlined by Millicent Fenwick in “Vogue’s Book of Etiquette,” published in 1948 - First an expression of sympathy (“I was so sorry to hear...”). Second a word about the deceased. Finally an expression of comfort.

* 65 per cent of India's population is below 35 years of age.

* “the whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what’s going on.” - Trump on Hacking

* “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” - Jim Rohn

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