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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 #235

This Week I Learned -

* Since Azure Web Apps do not support using the same host name across more than one subscription, it is not possible to use Web Apps from more than one subscription in a single Traffic Manager profile.

Accenture, Microsoft, and SAP undertook a move of Accenture’s entire 7 TB SAP Business Warehouse (BW) landscape and architecture from an on-premise data center to Azure

* JIRA Software Data Center is now supported to run in Azure. JIRA Software Data Center is Atlassian's purpose-built solution for organizations scaling JIRA Software that need high availability, disaster recovery, and performance at scale.

Google Clips camera is trained to capture soundless video of faces and pets that it recognizes using AI. By only capturing soundless video, Google Clips dodges any laws against wiretaps.

* Pixel Buds aren't just wireless headphones, they're also wireless translators - for 40 languages!

Stanford University’s Machine Learning on Coursera is the clear current winner in terms of ratings, reviews, and syllabus fit. Taught by the famous Andrew Ng, Google Brain founder and former chief scientist at Baidu, this was the class that sparked the founding of Coursera.

* Amazon is building a portfolio of private label brands across categories. Among the toppers in the home and kitchen category is Solimo, a private label owned by an Amazon entity globally and made specifically for India. Solimo is a brand that has been licensed to a seller in India who sources and procures products and brings them to the market. Amazon offers cookware, casserole sets and home furnishing such as towels under the Solimo brand. Amazon's other private labels in India include the recently-launched Symbol, a menswear fashion brand, Amazon Basics, its global private label, which has over 250 items listed like USB cables, headphones, laptop bags and camera accessories. All private labels brands are sold on the Amazon marketplace by Cloudtail, a joint venture between Amazon and Catamaran Ventures (the private investment vehicle of Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy) - ET

42 Rajdhani, 46 Shatabdi and 54 Duronto trains are currently in operation.

* Income funds accounted for the largest share within the total AUM at ₹8.58 trillion, or 42% of the total assets of the mutual fund industry. Income funds are debt funds that invest in government securities, corporate bonds and certificate of deposits among other money market instruments. Income funds were followed by equity schemes that account for ₹5.74 trillion, or 28% of the total AUM. Liquid funds had a share of 17% of the AUM, or ₹3.49 trillion. Balanced funds that invest in a mix of equity and debt products had an AUM of ₹1.28 trillion, or 6% of the overall AUM as on August 31, as per AMFI data - The Hindu

* Writing subtitles requires highly specific skills ...Apart from an excellent knowledge of the source language and culture (a must to make sure no nuance is missed), subtitlers must have impeccable writing skills in their mother tongue....a subtitler “actually becomes the dialogue writer for a film when it travels”. It takes creativity to deliver powerful subtitles that convey all the meaning and emotions of the original script. Films screened at major festivals or acquired by reputable distributors must comply with stringent subtitling rules. These standards govern, among many other parameters, the maximum number of characters per line and second, must make for an unobtrusive viewing experience. When it comes to subtitling, Indian films pose very specific challenges, that only experienced and culture-savvy professionals may successfully take up. What makes the task even more demanding is the songs. Lyrics translation just won’t admit mediocrity - The Hindu

* “If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet,” - Danish Nobel physicist Niels Bohr

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