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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 #252

This Week I Learned -

Does Azure VM pricing include storage?  Just temporary storage, you have to pay for OS & Data disks

* Azure Premium Storage uses Locally Redundant Storage

* AzCopy is available both for Windows & Linux platforms. An alternative to AzCopy is Blobxfer

You can expand the OS drive of a Virtual Machine in an Azure Resource Group

The cost of the same Azure VM hardware spec can vary by as much as 33% across regions.

* The XenApp/XenDesktop cost calculator for Azure will help you scope the appropriate VM size based on defining typical Citrix worker roles and bandwidth considerations.

You can build a single and monolithic-deployment based Web Application or Service and deploy it as a container.

* The PDF version of Designing Distributed Systems - Patterns and Paradigms for Scalable, Reliable Services by Brendan Burns, Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft, works on Azure and is cofounder of the Kubernetes project, is available as a free download

When the Azure Backup service initiates a backup job, it triggers the backup extension to take a point-in-time snapshot. The Azure Backup service uses the VMSnapshot extension.

According to Gartner, knowing your goals, use cases, and data location is key to succeeding with a DaaS solution like Citrix on Azure.

* With Password Manager Pro, users can launch highly secure, reliable and completely emulated Windows RDP, SSH and Telnet sessions from browser without any plug-in or agent software.

* Personal autofill data stored in a web browser can also be a target for hackers and malicious phishing scripts that can do things like quietly collect the information in web pages with invisible form fields. If you are concerned about online security, you may want to forgo convenience for safety - NY Times

Mosquitoes, the most dangerous animal on earth, have developed incredible sensory organs. They can smell from as far sometimes as 100 meters away.  Not all mosquito species bite on the same part of the body. People that carry malaria parasites smell different compared to people that are uninfected. We can train dogs to find people that carry the parasite.

* Tips are often a major source of compensation for wait staff and other U.S. service providers.  Employers often pay these employees lower wages in anticipation that tip income will provide a significant portion of the employees' income - TripAdvisor

* The Romans used water clocks which they calibrated from a sundial so they could measure time even when the sun was not shining, at night or on foggy days

* "If you can make someone laugh at something, it means you have gotten inside their brain" - Twinkle Khanna

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