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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 #203

This Week I Learned -

You can see a preview (almost like a daily build) of the Azure Portal if you go to https://preview.portal.azure.com instead of https://portal.azure.com

LogicApps are the enterprise equivalent of IFTT (If This Then That) and allow developers to create complex logic operations that respond to predefined events or triggers. For example, if a file is uploaded to OneDrive for Business, copy that file to a Storage Account and send an email. The difference between ‘Azure Functions’ and LogicApps is that LogicApps offers no way to write custom code.

* .NET has turned 15 & Visual Studio 20.  Twenty years ago, Visual Studio 97 brought Visual Basic, Visual C++, Visual J++, Visual FoxPro, and Visual InterDev into one single product.

* The .NET Standard Library is a formal specification of .NET APIs that are intended to be available on all .NET runtimes (.NET Framework, .NET Core, Mono for Xamarin). CoreCLR is the .NET runtime, used by .NET Core while Mono is the.NET runtime, used by Xamarin and others. .NET Core can also be bundled with an application and live under that application's directory as a self-contained application

* Microsoft has tested Microsoft Azure Stack in its lab but it has not been physically delivered or commercially used anywhere in the world. For the first time, Microsoft is doing proof of concept (POC) with Government of Andhra Pradesh to prove its capabilityAzure Stack is available now in Technical Preview 2. By using Azure Resource Manager to build reusable application templates for both traditional and cloud-native apps, it is possible to build and deploy your application the same way whether it runs on Azure or Azure Stack

Azure is the only public cloud platform that provides a container service with the choice of the three most popular open source orchestrators available today - DC/OS, Docker Swarm, or Kubernetes

Mobile Center brings together multiple services, commonly used by mobile developers, into a single, integrated product. You can build, test, distribute, and monitor your mobile apps and easily add backend cloud services to scale your app to millions of users on demand. Visual Studio Mobile Center is the next generation of HockeyApp and Xamarin Test Cloud. Mobile Center is free during the preview.

* Amazon Alexa, the voice-controlled artificial intelligence behind the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot in-home speakers, has amassed a whopping 10,000 skills. Skills are features, tool, actions, or abilities enabled by developers.

* mediaQuant, is a firm that measures “earned media,” which is all coverage that isn’t paid advertising. To calculate a dollar value of earned media, it first counts every mention of a particular brand or personality in just about any outlet, from blogs to Twitter to the evening news to The New York Times. Then it estimates how much the mentions would cost if someone were to pay for them as advertising. In January, Mr. Trump received $817 million in coverage, higher than any single person has ever received in the four years that mediaQuant has been analyzing the media. For much of the past four years, Mr. Obama’s monthly earned media value hovered around $200 million to $500 million. - NY Times

Facebook estimates that about 3.2 billion people have internet connections.

Concerns of identity theft have become real after misuse of Aadhar data

Social signals create a kind of “inequality” in how we choose media..it’s why you know about Cecil the lion

Frinkiac is a website for users to type in words or quotes from episodes of the American animated sitcom The Simpsons and find screenshots of the series related to the word or quote they searched. Most of Frinkiac's code is written in the Go language

Alzheimer's disease was named after Alois Alzheimer, a German psychiatrist and neuropathologist who first described the disease after studying the case of a middle-aged woman, Auguste Deter, who was a patient at a hospital in Frankfurt, Germany in 1906. The current lifetime risk for a 65-year-old person to get Alzheimer's disease is estimated to be at 10.5%. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. As of now, there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease.

ComedySportz (CSz) is an improvisational comedy organization. The traditional format of a ComedySportz match features two teams of improvisational performers (players), competing in various improv games and performing scenes with audience members judging the results and awarding points.

* Coffee beans grow in mountainous tropical regions. The biggest coffee producers are Kenya, Colombia, Brazil, Peurto Rico, Costa Rica

* Though it was previously thought that the human nose could only detect about 10,000 scents — it appears that more recent research suggests that was a low estimate. Turns out that your sniffer can catch (or rather, identify) about one trillion different whiffs!  - Go Ask Alice!

91% of consumers have mistakenly thrown away past-date food, even though the label only signals the manufacturer's guess at its peak quality

Despite the ₹30,000 crore bailout package approved for Air India in 2012, the national carrier remains in a debt trap

* HDFC Mutual Fund chief Milind Barve gets Rs 26.21 cr in salary, ESOPs

The potential absurdities of the sharing economy stem from the fact that it has little to do with sharing at all. In a genuine sharing economy, we would all be lending and borrowing based on trust. What we call the sharing economy is in fact a transactional economy, one in which everything is commoditised.

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