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Alan Bailward
Works at Left of the Dot
Attended Garibaldi Senior Secondary
Lives in Mission, BC
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Today is a good day. I just had a call from a telemarketer. Did I yell and scream at them, you ask? Certainly not. Like a good IT administrator I put my skills to use for their benefit. Here's how the conversation went:

Computer: "Press 9 to not be contacted in the future. Press 4 to speak to someone about your mortgage issues"
<presses 4>
TM: "Hello, are you having problems paying your mortgage?"
Me: "Hi, this is the IT department. We intercepted your call as we detected a problem with you phone and need to fix it."
TM: "Oh... ok, well what do we need to do?"
Me: "We're going to need to fix the settings by pressing 4-6-8 and * at the same time"
TM: "Ok, nothing happened."
<alright, so he's not using a Polycom>
Me: "Are you using the new Polycom phones that we deployed?"
TM: "No, it's a Yealink"
Me: "Ok, I see. You haven't had the new Polycom phone deployed to your desk yet. Let me check our technical documentations for the Yealink."
<did a quick Google search, "yealink phone factory reset">
Me: "Alright, do you see an "OK" button on your phone?"
TM: "Yes I do"
Me: "Alright, you're going to press and hold that button for 10 seconds."
TM: "OK, pressing it now"
Me: "Perfect, let me know if you get a password request"
TM: "OK, nothing has popped up ye----"

That's right. I made a telemarketer unwittingly factory reset his phone which means he will be unable to make anymore calls until someone is able to reconfigure his phone and that will take at least an hour or longer if they can't do it right away!
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Bill Wadman's 24 Hour Print Sale!
ANY image for 11x14" = $100 / 13x19" = $150

Ends noon 7/25. Don't miss out!   #buyArt   #PrintSale  
Have you always coveted a print of one of the images in my Motion or Drabbles series for the wall of your living room or office? Or maybe one of my conceptual portraits? Well boy, today is your day. I've got too many boxes of my favorite Red River paper and a brand new case of mailing tubes from Uline so I'm ready to rock! For the next 24 hours only, buy a print of ANY image in my library at 33% off! That's 8.5x11" or 11x14" for ...
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Normally a post with a title like this you’d expect to be all about entering the new year with new perspective, a new outlook, projects…. all that stuff.  But in my case, they’re literally new eyes.  On December 22 I had laser eye surgery, correcting my…
Normally a post with a title like this you’d expect to be all about entering the new year with new perspective, a new outlook, projects…. all that stuff.  But in my case, they’re literally new eyes.  On December 22 I had laser eye surgery, correcting my eyes after wearing glasses or contacts since grade 3. As I sit here writing this I’m getting nervous about how the results are going to go. My eyes are -6.50 and -7.50 (thereabouts… if you don’t k...
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This is a story about networking, giving back, friendship, trust, #sharingiscaring and steampunk. Before I moved to Cardiff, Wales, I decided that I wanted
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Awh kittens!!
I guess we "should" not put human feelings on animals (Anthropomorphism) but what emotion do you see here?

Photographing emotionally is something we talk about on my workshops.

Rick +Kalebra Kelby +Karen Hutton +Laurie Rubin +Laura Knight +Angela and Jonathan Scott 

#wildlife #Kenay #kenyasafaris #masaimara  
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Ok, this is absolutely amazing.
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Going to add this to my répétiteur when doing computer repairs.
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On Taking Pictures Ep 117 - "Reset The Mechanism"

This week, using Garry Winogrand’s current retrospective as an example, we discuss what happens when practice means different, not necessarily better. Also, in a submission from a listener, we look at a list of 10 ways we may be making our lives harder than they have to be. How many are you guilty of? Plus, Magnum photographer Gueorgui Pinkhassov is our Photographer of the Week.

#photography #podcast
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  • Garibaldi Senior Secondary
    1988 - 1993
    High school.
  • UCFV
    Computer Information Systems, 1993 - 1998
    A mix of business and programming, ranging from communications to networking. Notable courses were programming in Pascal, Windows GUI (no OWL or similar frameworks, pure windows code), and later on the highly advanced Java.
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Born and raised in Maple Ridge, BC, I've been working in the tech industry since my first job in university.  I've bounced between a number of jobs in computers, ranging from system administration, tech support and programming.  I have my own contract programming business and am a portrait photographer.
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Speaks only vi. Once walked a Realtor through editing their autoexec.bat file with edlin under dos 4.
System Administrator, Programmer, Photographer
  • Left of the Dot
    Lead Developer, 2011 - present
  • airG
    Software Developer, 2009 - 2011
  • Netmaster Networking
    Software Developer, 1998 - 2000
  • Merilus
    Software Developer, 2000 - 2001
  • Premier School Agendas
    Software Developer, 2003 - 2004
  • TSC Software
    Deployment Specialist, 2004 - 2006
  • PSD
    Systems Administrator, 2006 - 2006
  • Shorebridge Inc
    Systems Administrator, 2006 - 2007
  • Uniserve
    Systems Administrator, 2007 - 2008
  • Layer 7 Technologies
    Senior OS Developer, 2008 - 2009
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Maple Ridge, BC - Abbotsford, BC - Mission, BC
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