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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 #234

This Week I Learned -

* Microsoft ended extended support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015. You can still move a Windows Server 2003 VM to Azure, and receive assistance in troubleshooting issues that concern running Windows Server 2003 on Azure. However, this support is limited to issues that don't require OS-level troubleshooting or patches. You can create a Windows Server 2003 Azure VM from specialized VHD only, not from generalized (Syspreped) VHD. You can create and upload specialized VHD only for your own use, including situations in which those images contain updates resulting from a custom support agreement. You will need your own Windows Server 2003 license, and it must be valid. The Azure VM agent and extensions do not support Windows Server 2003 - Microsoft Support

* When you use a specialized VHD to create a new VM, the new VM retains the computer name of the original VM. Other computer-specific information is also be kept and, in some cases, this duplicate information could cause issues.

Azure Security best practices and patterns

Microsoft provides free virtual machines for 90 days that you can download and manage locally to test Microsoft Edge and versions of IE8 through IE11 using free virtual machines

Glyphicons are not supported in Bootstrap version 4

How to thread your Tweets together:
1) Send a Tweet.
2) Click "Reply" on that Tweet.
3) Delete your @ username and send another Tweet.

* On his 21st birthday, Nadella arrived in the U.S. to study computer science at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. After graduation, he spent a couple years at Sun Microsystems before being lured to Microsoft. Satya Nadella, joined Microsoft in 1992 at the age of 25. In 2007, he was asked by Ballmer to lead the engineering arm of Windows Live Search, later known as Bing. Netflix CEO and then-Microsoft board member Reed Hastings invited Nadella to shadow him at Netflix meetings. Next, he was given control of Azure, Microsoft’s web-tools division that competes with Amazon Web Services.

* ...researchers at Microsoft’s Future Social Experiences (FUSE) Labs unveiled Tay, an AI-based chatbot trained to converse in the slangy patois of an 18- to 24-year-old American woman (“omg totes exhausted”). Twitter trolls discovered that if they pummeled Tay’s account with racism, sexism, and other hateful rhetoric—a scenario Microsoft had not accounted for—she would spew some of it back. Over the course of one day, trolls brainwashed the bot, who tweeted 96,000 times in increasingly vile fashion, turning Microsoft’s public experiment in AI into a humiliation - Fast Company

* One Amazon reviewer says if you know nothing about Indian music, THIS is the first book you need to have and read - The Raga Guide: Survey of 74 Hindustani Ragas

* For many of the 2.4 million Indian nationals living in the United States, including roughly 1 million who are scientists and engineers, the fears are existential; although roughly 45 percent are naturalized citizens, hundreds of thousands still depend on impermanent visas that must be periodically renewed. Nearly 167,000 Indians studied at American colleges in the 2015-2016 school year. Nearly 127,000 Indians were given H-1B visas to work in the United States in the 2016 fiscal year, far more than any other nationality. (The Chinese claimed 21,600 visas.) Most of the 85,000 documents awarded annually by lottery go to outsourcing companies. This year, the number of people applying for a high-skilled worker visa, the H-1B, dropped for the first time in four years - from 236,000 last year to 199,000, the government reported...in the United States, tech workers and engineers are bound to established companies that filed paperwork for them years back. Almost everyone in the Indian tech
community knows a weekend entrepreneur who desperately wants to start his or her own company but can't quit work because they would be visa-less. - NDTV

* The market capitalisation of all listed companies is now equivalent to 84 per cent of India’s nominal GDP, which is the highest in emerging markets. The combined wealth of India’s richest is worth $640 billion, equivalent to one-fourth of India’s GDP last year and similar to the GDPs of Switzerland ($660 billion) and the combined GDP of South Africa ($317 billion) and Israel ($340 billion) - BusinessLine

* With about 10,000 readers on a good day, Scott Adams’s blog had a fraction of the audience of his Dilbert cartoon, which appears in 2,000 newspapers around the world, or his books of pop-business theory, which are best-sellers. At a time when virtually the entire professional political class was convinced Trump would self-immolate, Adams’s essay reframed his actions as the deliberate work of a political savant. Trump, he wrote, was using such “Persuasion 101” tricks as “anchors,” “intentional exaggeration,” and “thinking past the sale” to wage “three-dimensional chess” against his opponents and the media, including Kelly and Fox News. “Now that Trump owns Fox, and I see how well his anchor trick works with the public,” Adams concluded, “I’m going to predict he will be our next president.” “My predictions are based on my unique view into Trump’s toolbox of persuasion,” Adams wrote at the outset, reminding readers that he was a certified hypnotist. “I believe those tools are invisible to almost everyone but trained hypnotists and people that study the science of persuasion.”...“intentional exaggeration is a … standard method of persuasion.”...“Facts don’t matter. Every trained persuader knows that.” - Bloomberg

* Scott Adams..at almost 60...still spends two to four hours most days sketching strips at home, with some help from a remote assistant who perfects the details...he doesn’t generally read newspapers, except for links people send him.

* “You don’t have to be the best in the world at any one thing. All you need to succeed is to be good at a number of skills that fit well together.” - Scott Adams

* "Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young." – Mary Schmich, columnist for the Chicago Tribune

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