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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 #196

This Week I Learned -

* Microsoft developed Service Fabric over ten years ago. Service Fabric powers many of Microsoft's hyper-scale cloud services, including SQL DB, DocumentDB, Intune, Cortana and Skype for Business, as well as many internal Azure infrastructure services.

BuiltWith estimates that Bootstrap is being used on over 7 million websites, worldwide. Since version 2, the Bootstrap site has included a Customizer that allows you to pick and choose the bits you want from the sizable buffet of options. With the Customizer, rather than ending up with a build weighing in at over 200 KB (before you even include the jQuery dependency), you can slim things down to as little as 40 KB.

The average web page is currently 2.4 megabyte big and has over 200 requests.

‘how-to’ searches on YouTube are growing 70% year-over-year

68% Indian Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) are still offline due to a  lack of understanding of the benefits of digital technologies and technical skills to get them online.

Did you know that the first ever mobile phone call happened way back in 1973? It took another 11 years before the world’s first truly portable commercial mobile phone went on sale in 1984. A Motorola, that cost a whopping INR 2.2 Lakhs!

Corning, the glass and ceramics manufacturer, uses .. metrics to decide which of its scientists and engineers will be named fellows—a high honor that guarantees a job and a lab for life. One criterion is to be the first author on a patent that generates at least $100 million in revenue. But another is whether the candidate has worked as a supporting author on colleagues’ patents. Corning grants status and power to those who strike a healthy balance between individual accomplishment and collaborative contribution - HBR

40 per cent of Wipro is owned by a philanthropic trust

Broadly, China leads the U.S. on trade

A good long-term limit for most adults is no more than 50 grams (or about 12 teaspoons) of added sugars per day, and closer to 25 is healthier.

Lesser marsh grasshopper lives near Chernobyl and seems to thrive on radiation. Learning why could lead to medicines to ease the side effects of chemotherapy

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, a person's fingernails grow faster, at about 0.1 millimeters each day, than their toenails that average one millimeter of growth per month. They both also go through a seasonal growth spurt, growing faster in the summer months as compared to the wintertime - Go Ask Alice!

In the calendar year 2015, S&P BSE Sensex delivered a negative return of 5.03% (CAGR). In contrast, Year 2016 has been a complete roller-coaster, starting with a disastrous January, building up
to an almost-new-high by September and falling back again. The year, nevertheless, ended on a positive note with the S&P BSE Sensex up 1.9% for the year. 

* Burnout among Indian doctors is high. This are attributed to poor doctor-patient ratio in India, limited specialty training programmes ("My work doesn't offer me opportunities to develop my abilities"), higher work pressure on a few specialists ("I overlook my own needs to fulfil work demands"), neglect ("When things at work don't turn out as well as they should, I stop trying")  as the reasons for the high burnout rates. This results in emotional exhaustion & depersonalisation (unfeeling or lack of empathy for patients) - ToI

* Pronoia is the delusional belief that other people are plotting your well-being

* “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” - African proverb

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