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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 #226

This Week I Learned -

Whether you are using Azure App Services, Cloud Services or ServiceFabric, Dynatrace is fully integrated in your PaaS solution as an Azure Site Extension. No modification of your build pipeline, no manual configuration required.

* Instant recovery of files from Azure VM backups is generally available.

VNet-to-VNet traffic within the same region is free for both directions when using a VPN gateway connection. If you are connecting your VNets using VNet Peering, ingress and egress traffic is charged at both ends of the peered networks. VNet-to-VNet traffic travels across the Microsoft Azure backbone, not the Internet. It is protected by IPsec/IKE encryption. VNet-to-VNet connectivity can be used simultaneously along with multi-site connections. Virtual Network in Azure is free of charge. Every subscription is allowed to create up to 50 Virtual Networks across all regions.

ASR includes a failover automation feature called Recovery Plans. The Recovery Plan allows you to define groups of machines which need to be restored together (i.e., an N-tier application), as well as the order that those systems failover and are brought online.

IBM's Bluemix cloud computing platform offers 130+ unique servicesIBM Bluemix free 30 day trial doesn't require a credit card unlike the trials from popular cloud providers

* OpenStack is a set of software tools for building and managing cloud computing platforms for public and private clouds.

Microsoft’s SwiftKey keyboard now competes against the likes of Google’s virtual keyboard Gboard

* Aadhaar related information, legally housed by the National Informatics Centre server, was illegally and without authorisation accessed and used to support an Android app named ‘Aadhaar e-KYC’. The ability of a software engineer to bypass strict protocols set in place by the UIDAI to access critical data puts the spotlight firmly on the security measures employed to protect Aadhaar data. Abhinav Srivastav has developed five apps including Aadhaar e-KYC. Police are now scanning all apps to see whether more violations were committed. Based on the complaint by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), six teams of police comprising 26 personnel were formed to nab Srivastav and they tracked him down to Koramangala after a week.  - The Hindu

* Based on UIDAI’s complaint against Abhinav and other unidentified people, Bengaluru Police have filed a case for offence under Section 37 and 38 of The Aadhaar (Targeted delivery of financial and other subsidies benefits and services) Act, 2016. It holds them guilty of illegal use of Aadhaar data and gaining access without authority to the central identities data repository. They have also been booked under Sections 65 and 66 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 for tampering with computer source documents and computer-related offences - Indian Express

* Abhinav Srivastav, the 31-year-old MSc graduate from IIT-Kharagpur is the founder of Qarth. He worked at Ola in the position of "Hacker at Ola Connected Car Platform", as per his LinkedIn Profile. Chennai-based Qarth Technologies was acquired by India's largest taxi aggregator Ola in March last year, to help grow its in-house payments service. Qarth had developed an app X-Pay that allowed customers to process one-touch mobile payments through their bank accounts. The company was acquired by Ola, which was looking to strengthen its own Ola Money digital wallet - Business Standard

* Zomato started as Foodiebay by IIT Delhi graduates, Deepinder Goyal & Pankaj Chaddah. It generates revenues  11 countries & are profitable in 6. The top 6 cities in India contribute around 90% of it's India revenue. Delivery fetches 20% of revenue while advertising business is 75-80%.

Smartphones are now in the hands of 3.4 billion people across the globe and engagement is on the rise, with users spending three hours per day on mobile — a 4% increase over last year.

The same tiny scent detectors found in your nose are also found in some pretty unexpected places -- like your muscles, kidneys and even your lungs.

* Ride-sharing app Uber has completed 500 million trips in its four-year journey in India

* India is projected to be the youngest country in the world by 2020, with approximately half of India’s 1.2 billion people under the age of 26.

* The banking sector in India is reeling under Rs 8 lakh crore of non performing assets (NPAs) or bad loans, of which PSU banks alone account for over Rs 6 lakh crore.

* Between 2011-2015, enrollment in government run schools feel by 1.1 crore & ride in private schools by 1.6 crore, as per government's DISE (District Information System for Education) data.

* Subsidies are palliatives. Only rapid economic growth accompanied by rising edge can cure poverty. Studies show that 40% of subsidised keresone is diverted from our beneficiaries to the adulteration of diesel, which is more than twice as costly.

* "..software is more than business requirements and white board drawings. There are personalities, superstitions, random business events, and, tradeoffs made for survival" - Scott Allen

* After India's first astronaut Rakesh Sharma returned back from space, he continued his test pilot career, subsequently moving to the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited where he was chief project pilot for Tejas (the light combat aircraft) for six years.

* The US government's official employment site advertised the Planetary Protection Officer job which is open to US citizens and nationals for applications until August 14. Candidates must have "broad engineering expertise," and should be an expert in planetary protection. This includes demonstrated technical expertise to independently form technically sound judgments and evaluations in considerably complex situations

* 'I am young, so I can learn to like an alien" - Jack Davis, Guardian of Galaxy, fourth grade who applied for NASA's Planetary Protection Officer job

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