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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 #239

This Week I Learned -

* It is good to see that the integration of related Azure Services is getting easier. Azure Site Recovery (ASR) is now built into the virtual machine experience so that you can setup replication in one click (currently in preview) for your Azure virtual machines. Combined with ASR’s one-click failover capabilities, its simpler than ever before to setup replication and test a disaster recovery scenario.  Azure CDN is integrated with Azure Storage and Azure Web App.

Hosting applications in the new Google Cloud Platform region in Mumbai can improve latency from 20-90% for end users in Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and of course Mumbai, compared to hosting them in the closest region, Singapore.

* The GCPing website measures latency to GCP regions by having your browser makes HTTP requests to f1-micro instances in each region. The median time between request and response is shown.

Google Fusion Tables can turn a table of locations into a map

* Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant is starting to learn Hinglish. Alphabet Inc. has introduced a Hinglish-speaking Google Assistant that powers its instant messaging app Allo. Apple began advertising last year to hire native Hindi/Indian English speakers to help evolve and enrich Siri by crafting “culturally appropriate dialog for India.” And the latest operating system pre-loaded into this year’s iPhone 8, as well as the newest iPhone X, allows Siri users to set its keyboard to Hinglish - Bloomberg

* Amazon makes almost 90% of its revenue off non-cloud concern, i.e. the retail business and services it's most famous for among consumers. This past quarter, it made $4.58 billion from AWS, 10% of the $43.7 billion in total revenue. Alphabet makes 89% of its money off Internet advertising. Both Amazon and Alphabet do not break out cloud-based revenue as a line item, so there's a lot of inferring how they're doing. Alphabet lumps its cloud services revenue in with "other," where "other" also includes Google Play store offerings, hardware product sales, and Google licensing-related revenue.  Cloud-based services provided 20% of Microsoft's bottom line this past quarter. Cloud revenue gives us clues as to what these companies tolerate in experimentation, product support and failure - IT Pro

* Google Docs is a cloud-based collaborative tool that enables users to create documents and share them with others, and allows several people to edit and comment on a document at the same time. Google’s automated systems periodically scan certain file types in Google Drive that are shared with other users to detect abuse and protect users. Some examples include antivirus scanning, malware and phishing detection. A recent “code push” caused a small percentage of Google Docs to be incorrectly flagged as abusive, which caused them to be automatically blocked making a cloud expert comment that “This shows that Google is using advanced machine learning and other A.I. technologies to examine vast amounts of information in near real time”. Generally, using a Google Form to collect confidential information — such as IDs, passwords, bank account numbers, and passport numbers — violates Google's Terms of Service.”. While Google’s privacy policy does not explicitly say that it scans files in Google Docs, it does say that it collects information from “Gmail messages, G+ profile, photos, videos, browsing history, map searches, docs, or other Google-hosted content...Our automated systems analyze this information as it is sent and received and when it is stored” - NY Times

* Leukemia doesn’t have a stage, as it appears throughout the blood and bone marrow at diagnosis. If we did try to tag a stage to leukemia, it would be stage 4 or stage 0: Either you’ve got it, or you don’t - NY Times

* Dallas and its surrounding area have one of the nation’s largest Indian populations (108,000 in the 2010 census), the Chicago region’s is nearly twice that size, and the New York-New Jersey area’s is more than five times as large - NY Times

* Form 26 AS is an annual consolidated tax statement containing details of taxes paid and refunds received. Form 16 and Form 16A are tax credit statements that showcase the tax deducted at source. The former is issued yearly for tax deduction in income from salary while the latter is issued quarterly for tax deduction on incomes other than salary. These three forms help you to file ITR.

* According to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), as of August 2017, India had approximately 2.8 million PoS machines

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