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Tech Tips, Tricks & Trivia

by 'Anil' Radhakrishna
A seasoned developer's little discoveries and annotated bookmarks.

Search from over a hundred HOW TO articles, Tips and Tricks


This Week I Learned - Week #197

This Week I Learned -

Nearly every major IT player has latched onto the open source container movement driven by Docker Inc.

Azure Site Recovery is much cheaper than running a backup data center. Site Recovery keeps images of all your active servers so that you can switch over to them in a disaster.

* Jet.com did not find Azure Service Fabric to be production ready for their use cases (as of Sep-16) due to the long time it takes to deploy and lack of documentation & tooling

* Channel 9 is producing a lot more videos for developers than earlier like this one on SOLID, Design Patterns with theory, code examples, best practices.

.NET has three main runtimes:
1) .NET Framework - The .NET framework helps you create mobile, desktop, and web applications that run on Windows PCs, devices and servers.
2) .NET Core - .NET Core gives you a fast and modular platform for creating server applications that run on Windows, Linux and Mac.
3) Mono for Xamarin - Xamarin brings .NET to iOS and Android

* The fast evolving nature of Azure services make much of the content of printed books outdated soon after they are published.

* When you upload any photograph to your Facebook account, they look at the actual content of the photograph and try to determine what objects and scenes are inside the image. Facebook creates machine generated captions to make your pictures more accessible to blind users.

ChakraCore – the core of the Chakra JavaScript engine that powers Microsoft Edge – is open-sourced under the MIT license

There are multiple ways to convert an image into base64 string or a data: URL containing the base64-encoded image, using javascript

On average across the web, images make up 64% of the bytes of a page

In 2008, Bhavish Aggarwal graduated from IIT to join Microsoft and then, in 2010, quit to start Ola.

* There are passionate followers for Bart Simpson's chalkboard quotes and Alfred Neuman's one-liners

Refusing to eat to protest conditions in prison is illegal in Iran. Ironically, the embassy of Britain in Tehran is on Bobby Sands Street, renamed for the Provisional I.R.A. member who was imprisoned in Northern Ireland and died in 1981 after refusing to eat for 66 days.

The only difference between digital addiction and other addictions is that this is a socially condoned behavior.... Become very conscious of what is important to you, what really nourishes you, and devote more time and attention to it.

* One in eight deaths worldwide is due to high blood pressure. The condition is the main risk factor for heart and kidney disease, and it greatly increases the chances of a stroke. It is commonly thought of as a disease of affluence. But the data say otherwise. The well-known causes of high blood pressure include lack of exercise, being overweight, and diets that include too much salt and alcohol and not enough fruit and vegetables (which are a source of potassium, linked with lower blood pressure). Efforts to curb blood pressure need to start much earlier in life and go beyond treatment and changes in individual lifestyles - Economist

* "Facebook makes you produce media for free & sells personal info profit from your craving."

* Uber unveiled a website, Uber Movement, that will allow users to compare average trip times and see what effect something like a baseball game might have on traffic patterns. Uber plans to provide access to anonymized data from over 2 billion trips to help improve urban planning around the world..it would balance that demand for information with concerns about user privacy and the need to protect competitive data that could prove valuable to rivals like Lyft, Hailo and Grab, which are vying for riders across many of the same markets.

* It was on Mount Chimborazo, south-west of Quito in modern-day Ecuador, that Alexander Von Humboldt was struck by the idea of nature working as a whole, thus conceiving of what we would now call ecosystems. It was Humboldt’s travel journal, Personal Narrative, that introduced the young Charles Darwin to the idea of scientific exploration. Humboldt is considered the father of the environmental movement.

Mithridatism, the practice of protecting oneself against a poison by gradually self-administering non-lethal amounts, is used to treat peanut allergies.

* A unibrow (or monobrow; called synophrys in medicine) is a single eyebrow created when the two eyebrows meet in the middle above the bridge of the nose. It is a recessive genetic trait.

* In the TV series, Elementary,  Sherlock Holmes is shown as a consultant to the New York City Police Department.  The storytelling in the series is fast paced and suspects are confronted with all the evidence.

* Two-thirds of the world’s remaining greater one-horned rhinoceros population are sheltered in Kaziranga National Park in India

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