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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 #256

This Week I Learned -

Azure Container Service (ACS) and Azure Service Fabric (ASF) sit on top of VM Scale Set (VMSS).

* Google's Machine Learning Crash Course is a self-study guide for aspiring machine learning practitioners

Microsoft Compliance Manager Preview is a dashboard that provides a summary of your data protection and compliance stature and recommendations to improve data protection and compliance. This is a recommendation, it is up to you to evaluate its effectiveness in your regulatory environment prior to implementation. Recommendations from Compliance Manager Preview should not be interpreted as a guarantee of compliance.

* MSDN Subscription offers a 3 month subscription to DataCamp, 6 month subscription to Pluralsight, LinkedIn Learning and also 1 year on-demand training on Opsgility

* Microsoft is offering for free the ebook version of Azure Serverless Computing Cookbook

* Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure is a multi-tenant service that supports the delivery of RDS-Hosted applications and desktops. Horizon Cloud management console can be used to manage remote desktops, apps and users on Microsoft Azure in one place - Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure FAQ

* Len Bosack and Sandy Lerner used personal credit cards[75] to start Cisco Systems. Larry Page and Sergey Brin's start up of Google was financed by credit cards to buy the necessary computers and office equipment, more specifically "a terabyte of hard disks" - Wikipedia

Static electricity "refers to the build-up of electric charge on the surface of objects"—essentially, when electrons move from one surface to another through contact. If the surfaces are both insulators (rubber soles of your shoes, wool or nylon carpet, wool sweaters, dry air), they'll build up an electrical charge. One object will have a positive charge (because it lost electrons) and one will have a negative charge (because it gained electrons). If one of the charged objects then touches a conductor, like a piece of metal, the charge will neutralize itself, causing a static shock. To prevent static electricity shocks, de-static your home with a Humidifier make the air a bit less dry by keeping it above 30% relative humidity, though 40% or 50% would be even better. Try going for cotton socks over wool socks & use synthetic fabrics, like polyester which conduct electricity well. Opt for leather-soled shoes instead of rubber soled shoes. An anti-static wristband can keep the user grounded.  Always keep some piece of metal on your person, whether it’s a coin, a thimble, or a keychain.

* Changes in BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes result in cancers in women around the world. In contrast, mutations in other genes like TP53 and PALB2 in Indian populations are also associated with ovary and breast cancers - ToI

* Chickenpox, also known as varicella, is a highly contagious airborne disease which is often more severe in adults than in children. Because chickenpox is usually more severe in adults than it is in children, some parents deliberately expose their children to the virus, sometimes by taking them to "chickenpox parties". Doctors counter that children are safer getting the vaccine, which is a weakened form of the virus, rather than getting the disease, which can be fatal.

* Studies have shown that exposure to sarcasm enhances creative problem solving, for instance. Children understand and use sarcasm by the time they get to kindergarten. An inability to understand sarcasm may be an early warning sign of brain disease. Scientists who have monitored the electrical activity of the brains of test subjects exposed to sarcastic statements have found that brains have to work harder to understand sarcasm. That extra work may make our brains sharper. Sarcasm “appears to stimulate complex thinking and to attenuate the otherwise negative effects of anger”. The Greek root for sarcasm, sarkazein, means to tear flesh like dogs. - Smithsonian

Any calories consumed that aren’t burned off are converted into triglycerides. These fats help insulate the body, supply and store energy, and transport fat-soluble vitamins. Here’s where it gets a little complicated: there’s evidence to suggest that when a person has high triglyceride levels in combination with increased low density lipoproteins (LDL) and decreased high density lipoproteins (HDL), they’re at an increased risk for serious conditions such as heart disease, heart attack, and stroke - Go Ask Alice!

* Some people produce more of certain chemicals in their skin and a few of those chemicals, like lactic acid, attract mosquitoes. Mosquitoes use CO2 as their primary means of identifying bite targets. There's also evidence that one blood type (O) attracts mosquitoes more than others (A or B) - Time

Only female mosquitoes bite and feed on the blood of humans or warm-blooded animals. If a mosquito finds enough victims to bite and avoids being squashed, it can live as long as three weeks. During that time, it may lay up to five clutches of more than 100 eggs each

The business model of the news media has moved away from hard reporting and toward punditry and opinion.

* Cognizant’s employee strength in India fell by 8,000 in 2017 to a total of 1,80,000, according to the company’s latest filing with the US SEC - Times of India

* All the content on StoryWeaver, an initiative from Pratham Books, is openly licensed under Creative Commons. Their latest "open source" book is on Anna Mani, an Indian physicist and meteorologist. It's beautifully illustrated by Priya Kuriyan

* "Even the niche in India is bigger than most countries" - Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO

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