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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 #271

This Week I Learned -

* GPv1 or Blob storage accounts can easily be upgraded to GPv2 in the portal, or using PowerShell or CLI. Downgrades from GPv2 are not supported. General-purpose v1 (GPv1) accounts provide access to all Azure Storage services, but may not have the latest features or the lowest per gigabyte pricing. For example, cool storage and archive storage are not supported in GPv1. Pricing is lower for GPv1 transactions, so workloads with high churn or high read rates may benefit from this account type.

* Outbound data transfer (bandwidth) between Azure services located in two regions is charged whereas inbound data transfer is free. However, note that following Availability Zone data transfer is charged:
- Data transfer, ingress and egress, from a VNet resource deployed in an Availability Zone to another resource in different Availability Zone in the same VNET. Availability Zone data transfer pricing is only applicable to VNet resources which are deployed in an Availability Zone

Following Availability Zone data transfer is NOT charged:
- Data transfer between VNet resources located in same Availability Zone
- Data transfer between a VNet resource and a Public IP address in the same Azure Region
- Data transfer between VNet resources located in peered VNets across Availability Zones. This data transfer will be charges as per VNet peering rates.

* Preemptible GPUs are ideal for customers with short-lived, fault-tolerant and batch workloads such as machine learning (ML) and high-performance computing (HPC).

* Swedish caller identification app, Truecaller which boasts about 60% of its user base from India has acquired payments startup Chillr to help it roll out credit and financial services to its Indian users. Chillr which was launched in 2014 as multi-bank payment application, got a major boost after HDFC Bank chose to allow customers to integrate their accounts with it to facilitate bank-to-bank transfers.  Truecaller made its entry into payments last year by integrating transfers based on the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) through a partnership with ICICI Bank - Times of India

* The Central Board of Secondary Education in India now prescribes Python for grades 11 and 12. The textbooks are offered in ebook format on its website. Up from Slavery, considered to be one of the most popular African American autobiographies is also part of grade 11 curriculum.

* Oslo Airport officially opened for business in Fornebu peninsula in 1939

* Brent crude is up 19% in 2018 so far after moving up 12% in 2017.

* Uber India figures show that over 70 per cent of the Android users in India are on older devices. Uber Lite is a 5 MB version of the rider app that works on any Android phone and with low connectivity. Maps in Uber Lite are optional. The more you use Uber Lite, the smarter the app gets, learning where you go most often and surfacing those options for you to tap first, so you don’t have to type your destination every time.

* Dr M R Rajagopal, called the father of palliative care in India was awarded the Padma Shri for his untiring efforts in making the lives of the terminally ill peaceful and comfortable. It was because of his relentless efforts that Parliament passed an amendment to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic
Substances Act in 2014. Palliative care is most developed in some European countries like Germany, France and also the UK.

About 98% of the DNA in your genes is exactly the same as in chimpanzees. Humans and gorillas share 98.4 percent of their DNA. Cows (Bos taurus) are 80% genetically similar to humans

In March 2018, PSBs held bad loans of Rs 9 lakh crore—close to what was collected as taxes on income from companies and individuals in 2017-18.

* "Power corrupts, but the prospect of losing power corrupts absolutely" - Ram Jethmalani

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