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Tech Tips, Tricks & Trivia

by 'Anil' Radhakrishna
An architect's experiments, little discoveries and annotated bookmarks.

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


This Week I Learned - Week #209

This Week I Learned -

* Windows 10 includes Internet Explorer 11 alongside Microsoft Edge, to provide a consistent and predictable level of compatibility with existing legacy applications. Internet Explorer 11 supports Document modes and Enterprise Mode, which are essential tools for maintaining this backward compatibility. With the F12 developer tools in Internet Explorer 11, you can emulate any site with different Document modes and Enterprise Modes. - IE Blog

* The Economic Policy Institute estimated there were about 460,000 people working on H-1B visas in 2013. About half of the visas sought last year were for computer-related positions. Computer programmers made up about 12 percent of all H-1B applications certified by the Department of Labor in 2015 - NDTV

* Some of the most addictive games ever made, like the 1980s and ’90s hit Tetris, rely on a feeling of progress toward a goal that is always just beyond the player’s grasp. As the psychologist Adam Alter writes in his book “Irresistible,” video game designers even have a name for this mental state: the “ludic loop.” - NY Times

* Indian children in Bihar died after 'eating lychees on empty stomach' as they were poisoned by the fruit. Lychees contain toxins that inhibit the body's ability to produce glucose, which affected young children whose blood sugar levels were already low because they were not eating dinner - BBC

* Muslims represent 3 percent of Canada’s population.

* To teach one's grandmother to suck eggs - To offer needless assistance; to waste one's efforts upon futile matters; especially, to offer advice to an expert. This particular expression is well over two hundred years old. Sucking eggs was an old English (and possibly elsewhere) tradition going back centuries, and normally done at Easter. An egg would be pierced with small holes at either end, and the contents sucked out. The combined white/yolk (plus some inevitable saliva!) would then be used in cake making and other foods, whereas the intact eggshell could be painted and used for decoration.

* Don Rickles, the insult comedian was so popular some celebrities felt that “if they hadn’t been insulted by Rickles, they weren’t with it”. His own theory was that he was being rewarded for saying things others wanted to say but couldn’t. “I’m the guy at the Christmas party,” he said more than once, “who makes fun of the boss on Friday night and still has his job on Monday morning.” - NY Times

* Micro-moments of positivity can, over time, result in greater overall well-being.

* “Yad bhavam tad bhavati,” - “You are what you believe,” or “You become what you believe.”

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