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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 #247

This Week I Learned -

Both Amazon Web Services and Azure now support bare-metal machines.

Migrating to Microservice Databases: From Relational Monolith to Distributed Data [PDF] by Edson Yanaga takes you through nine different strategies for integrating data from your monolithic application to a microservice architecture.

NetGuard - no-root firewall is one open source app that not only prevents apps from using cellular data, it also stops them from connecting over WiFi too  - no root required.  Cutting apps off from the Internet prevents them from tracking your usage and reporting back to a distant server. It also reduces bandwidth, saves battery life, and blocks ads. Recent versions of Netguard include Google Ads as well as Firebase Analytics

* "I have come to believe that cloud development requires a certain kind of DNA which is hard to find in traditional software developers"

“Shipping beats perfection.” — Khan Academy’s Development Mantra

The Red Hat Developer Program now offers Red Hat Enterprise Linux for $0.

* A variety of skills are useful to be a data scientist: data (gathering, cleaning, analysis, visualization), modeling (machine learning algorithms), statistics (understanding causality, accuracy metrics), software engineering (efficiency, quality assurance). The overlap of these skills in an individual will depend on the team size (individual vs small or medium or large organization). The breadth (software engineering, data processing, ML etc.) of the skills is as important as depth (understanding the mathematics behind ML algorithms or different statistical techniques) — you can only improve it over time.

* One of the many interesting data visualization samples Gramener has done this year is on the work of Kishore Kumar

Atheist refers to someone who believes that there is no god (or gods), and agnostic refers to someone who doesn’t know whether there is a god, or even if such a thing is knowable.

* Vocabulary.com word definitions are informal, witty & really cool. Sample this - "If you want to undertake a verbal challenge right now, try saying “sushi chef” ten times quickly without messing up."

* A chronic procrastinator may overdo a ToDoList to the point that the list seems to make the problem bigger than it really is, causing further procrastination. A potential solution in this case may be to use a NextList instead.

* The website Komparify offers a convenient way to filter movies available on streaming sites in India

* "..the Amar Chitra Katha titles were for many of us living in a pre-digital, pre-internet, and even pre-telephony world, our first introduction to the idea of India as a diverse, pluralistic, and interdependent nation"

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