Tech Tips, Tricks & Trivia

by 'Anil' Radhakrishna
A seasoned developer's little discoveries and annotated bookmarks.

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This Week I Learned - Week #28 2020

This Week I Learned -* The Computer Vision API response holds the insight the REST API has about your image, as a JSON payload. The Azure CLI 2.0 uses the --query argument to execute a JMESPath (JSON Matching Expression paths) query on the results of commands. JMESPath is a query language for JSON, giving you the ability to select and present data from...

This Week I Learned - Week #27 2020

This Week I Learned -* Azure Traffic Manager is a DNS-based traffic load balancer that you can use to distribute traffic optimally to services across Azure regions globally. Traffic Manager uses DNS to direct clients to a specific service endpoint IP address based on the rules of the traffic routing method that's used. Clients connect directly to the...

Choose Functionally Equivalent Websites In Place of Smartphone Apps

In this season of cleaning up your smartphone & removing shady Chinese apps, also review other apps to see if they are still relevant.Delete especially apps whose function can be accomplished by a website. Following are some advantages of using equivalent websites -As many apps "mine" personal data, there is a lower chance of your personal information...

Azure Services - Pricing Tiers

The naming of Pricing Tiers is not consistent across Services. The number of Tiers and their resource cost can vary. The Basic Tier of Load Balancer is free but the Basic Tier for App Service is not; there is Free tier for App Service. AAD has 3 Tiers - Free, Premium 1, Premium 2This table (WIP) shows the Tiers for different Azure Services - Tech...

This Week I Learned - Week #26 2020

This Week I Learned -* For your Azure deployments, you already use Azure portal, Azure Cloud shell, Azure API to manage your resources. With Azure Arc, you can extend these capabilities to manage resources in hybrid environments such as datacenters, private, public clouds and the edge. Azure Arc can help with management and governance of servers and...

This Week I Learned - Week #25 2020

This Week I Learned -* In case of Geo-zone-redundant storage (GZRS), data is synchronously replicated 3 times across 3 availability zones in the primary region, then asynchronously replicated to the secondary paired region (3 more copies) = can sustain node failure within the storage cluster, entire datacenter or availability zone going down or a region-wide...

CloudEndure vs AWS SMS

Paraphrased summary from Field Notes: Choosing a Rehost Migration Tool – CloudEndure or AWS SMSBoth CloudEndure Migration and AWS SMS are good options for a lift-and-shift migration.CloudEndure Migration is a better option when you migrate physical servers to AWS, when you want to deploy a block-level replication solution, or when you have near real-time...

Book Review: AI Superpowers

AI Superpowers (2018) is the most educative and insightful book I've read this year. It has filled me with hope and inspiration.I thoroughly enjoyed reading the 250+ paged book as it contains amazing facts spiced with the author's real life experiences. It is written by AI guru, Dr Kai-Fu Lee who has held important and senior positions in Apple, Microsoft,...

The Four Waves of AI

Paraphrased summary of the chapter "The Four Waves of AI" from book AI Superpowers by Dr. Kai-Fu Lee The complete AI revolution will take a little time and will ultimately wash over us in a series of four waves: Internet AIBusiness AIPerception AIAutonomous AIThe first two waves—internet AI and business AI—are already all around us. Perception AI is...

This Week I Learned - Week #24 2020

This Week I Learned -* Azure Service Health helps you assess the health of Azure, while Azure Monitor helps you determine if there are any issues on your end. Both services use the same alerting platform to keep you notified and informed of the availability and performance of your Azure workloads. This means that you can set up an action group once...

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