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To all my Indian friends and followers celebrating all the harvest festivals this week:
खुश मकर संक्रांति Happy Makar Sankranti!
ਖੁਸ਼ੀ ਦਾ ਲੋਹੜੀ Happy Lohri!
હેપી ઉત્તરાયણ Happy Uttarayan
பொங்கல் வாழ்த்து Happy Pongal
Happy Magh Bihu (sorry, I don't have an Assamese translator)
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ummeed hai aap jald hee behatar mahasoos karenge +Dhirendra Kumar ji :-)
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A cold snowy day calls for a Crock-Pot of chicken stew!
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Yes, I'm a bit of a freak....but hear me out. This stuff despite touting coconut, carmel and chocolate is really good! You can't make out the coconut or even the carmel too much, but the chocolate flavor is outstanding. Now all I need is some chocolate cheesecake to go with it.

#beer #foodie #chocolate
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Merry Christmas friends and Happy Birthday Jesus! Even if you are not Christian or celebrate, may your days be peaceful and bright. One thing that is funny about this season is all the goofy myths surrounding things we do (candy canes, 12 days of Christmas song, etc.). One myth is about the origin of reindeers! Enjoy.....the original comic courtesy of XKCD and is located here:

#christmas #merrychristmas #christmas2016 
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I get tired of such click-bait. Before you freak out, a million Android devices is about 0.07% of active Android devices worldwide using the statistics from September of last year of 1.4 Billion active Android devices.

In a nutshell.......stop pirating apps and sideloading stuff you find for "free".

#android #security
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Happy Thanksgiving today in the US. Waiting for the food to cook before settling in to gorge. Enjoy this mythbusting set of facts for some table fodder to discuss.

#thanksgiving #thanksgiving2016
Myth: Pilgrims wore black and white clothing with buckled top hats. The myth that they dressed like this stems from a popular clothing style in England in the late 17th century, which carried over to 18th and 19th century artist depictions of Pilgrims. In fact, historical records of Pilgrims’ clothing, such as the passenger list of the Mayflower, wills, which [...]
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Checking out the Super Moon tonight, the largest since 1948 and won't happen again until 2034. It looks pretty big and this picture doesn't do it justice.

#supermoon #supermoon2016 #space #moon #astronomy 
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This is some genius advertising. 
When smokers walk by a certain billboard in Stockholm, something strange happens: The billboard coughs at them.
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Happy New Year! friends since it is starting to roll around the world. I hope you and your families are healthy, happy and prosperous this new year. We must always have hope for the future and of course look forward to cool eclipses!

Cartoon courtesy of XKCD with the original here:

#newyear #newyearseve #happy2017 #newyear2017 #welcome2017 #goodbye2016 #newyearwishes #happynewyear #happynewyear2017 #2k17 #HNY2017  
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Keep enjoying the indian fest
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Equal Opportunity Celebrator.....
Happy All the Holidays in December World!

Courtesy of the Itchy Feet blog. Original page located here:
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Ha Ha, this is so true. I think mobile providers are the driving force of mobile ads just to burn through your bandwidth so they can make more money. What do you think? A conspiracy here?

#mobile #mobilemarketing #smartphone  
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Hey bhai, Merry Christmas to you too. Yes, let peace and joy prevail throughout the whole world!
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This is cool, but when I switch my primary language in my Nexus 6P to Hindi for practice it seems to switch all the menus and all the apps from Google just fine. Curious, if you are using Android in India do you use it in your local language or mostly with the English interface. Let me know by commenting. Just curious how it is in the real world.

Article courtesy of +Android Authority 

#android #hindi #indusos #language #india #operatingsystem  
According to Counterpoint Research, Indus OS is now India's second-most popular smartphone platform with a 6.3 percent market share, behind Android.
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Telecom Professional and Nerd. Android and Linux fanboy.
A Telecommunications & Networking Professional located in Richmond, Virginia.

The short of it....

I love tech, gadgets of all kinds, computers, Linux operating systems, Android, cooking, preserving, barbecuing, fermenting foods, smoking foods, minor vegetable gardening, travel (real and via my arm chair and a book), beer, wine, coffee (I'm a coffee snob), reading, music (all kinds), electronics, Indian culture and Bollywood movies. Generally anything fun!

The nerd boy....

I'm a huge supporter and fan of open source software and hardware. I love using Linux as my main operating system (Ubuntu preferred) though I'm just as comfortable with Windows too. I have been using computers since the 300 baud modem days! My first personal computer was a Timex Sinclair 1000 with a cassette player for storage. I cut my teeth programming basic on an Apple II. I've maintained equipment that contained electron tubes in the past. That 600 volt plate voltage can hurt....I'll leave it at that.

The maker....

I love electronics and have been tinkering with creating and testing circuits since I was about 10. I have background training in complex electronics theory which feeds my other love of being a "Maker". I've always been fascinated with what is inside of things and thus needed to pull it apart to see what makes it tick. I'm always looking to improve something or create my own home brewed version. Give me some wood, plastic, LEDs, wires, a perf board and some screws and nails and I'll make you something cool.

The telecom guy....

I'm a smartphone/tablet subject matter expert when it comes to Android or IOS. I prefer to use Android (currently carrying a Nexus 6P on Project fi and a Nexus 10 tablet), but also daily use IOS as well since it is related to what I do for a living. I believe mobile is the wave of the future as we get more and more power in the palm of our hand. I have been in the telecommunications business since I was 18 dealing with local customer premise equipment including telephone systems and call center system as well as long haul trunking for voice and data (fiber and copper). As traditional telecom merges with data networking it is becoming more and more blurred. Having a background in both voice communications and data networking is working out pretty good for me as telecom becomes more advanced.

The secret only you know...

I'm a freak for Bollywood films! Yes Yes.....I love them and can't get enough of them. I absolutely love India and I dream of one day touring India (मुझे भारत से प्यार है). I will love to travel anywhere, but India has a special love in my heart. नमस्ते!

और मैं हिन्दी सीख रहा हूँ, लेकिन मेरी हिंदी अच्छी नहीं है ;-)
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I can make cheese, yogurt, sausages, sauerkraut, kimchi, and pickles all from scratch. I'm learning Hindi, so there's that.
    Hindi Language, 2014 - present
    Basic conversational Hindi
  • John Randolph Tucker High School
    Basic Diploma, 1979 - 1983
    Basic High School diploma
  • Hermitage Vocational Technical Center
    Electronics, 1982 - 1983
    Advanced electronics theory, troubleshooting and design.
  • Community College of the Air Force
    Electronic Systems Technologies (incomplete), 1984
    Advanced electronic theory and troubleshooting, Business management and Total quality management theory
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Telecommunications & Networking Systems Professional
Computer Hardware and Software, Windows, Linux, VMWare, Virtualbox, Google products, Android, IOS, Blackberry, telephone systems, VoIP, Cisco Call Manager, voicemail, ACD, IVR, fiber optic communications systems, DWDM, SONET, Metro Ethernet, Cisco networking, cabling systems, cooking, preserving, smoked foods, automotive repair, minor plumbing and electrical work, "Maker" type at heart. Currently learning Hindi as a second language.
  • State Corporation Commission, Richmond, VA
    Technology Specialist IV, 2005 - present
    Maintain, install and service all telecommunications systems including Cisco Call Manager (VoIP), Cisco Unity Connection voice mail, Cisco Contact Center Express, Calabrio Workforce Management and Quality Management systems, call accounting, analog POTS lines, all cellular communications devices (Android, IOS, Blackberry, tablets, pagers, cell phones and wireless data devices), Mobile Device Management systems (BES and Sophos) and fax servers. Manage and troubleshoot many of these systems on VMWare virtual machines. Submit all telecommunications orders for voice and data circuits and cellular device orders. Maintain telecommunications billings and inventory. Also assist the network team in server maintenance (physical and virtual machine) and networking equipment installation and maintenance and minor Active Directory changes. Provide new employee technical training.
  • Dominion Telecom, Richmond, VA
    Network Transport Equipment Installer, 2001 - 2005
    Lab technician responsible for the setup, programming, shipping and installation in the field of fiber optic transport systems including DWDM, SONET and Metro Ethernet systems. Use test equipment to troubleshoot fiber optic systems and lines as well as simulate network traffic. Setup and testing of Cisco switches and routers. Maintain -48 volt power plants. Run fiber optic cabling and patch cords and perform minor splicing and testing and cleaning. Perform circuit turn-up in the field. Product lines: Alcatel longhaul DWDM and SONET equipment, Ciena Metro DWDM equipment, Cisco routers and switches (3550 and 6510 switches, 7609 and 12000 series routers).
  • Executone Information Systems, Richmond, VA
    Field Engineer/Sales Engineer/Technician, 1993 - 2001
    Installation and engineering support of analog and digital telephone systems, Automatic Call Distribution systems (ACD), Interactive Voice Response systems (IVR), Predictive Dialer systems, locater systems, paging systems, video conferencing systems, and cabling plants . Provided project management between customers and the installation contractors. Setup, programming, testing and installation of telephone systems and associated call center products. Provided sales engineering support for complex requirements and performed customer demonstrations. Designed cabling system layouts as a Siemons Certified Cabling Systems Designer. Product lines supported: Executone, Nortel, Isotec, and Iwatsu phone systems and call center equipment, Valcom paging systems, GPT Video Conferencing systems, Siemons cabling products.
  • U.S. Air Force (The Pentagon/Osan AB, S. Korea/Kelly AFB, San Antonio, TX)
    Secure Communications Technician, 1984 - 1992
    Provided installation, maintenance, operation and troubleshooting of secure voice and data communications equipment as well as computer systems and printers. Assignments included: 7th Communications Group, Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia providing support and repair for secure voice and data communications equipment in support of the Secretary of Defense, the Office of the Joint Chief of Staff (all branches of the military), the Whitehouse Communications Agency, the Strategic Defense Initiative, the Air Force Pentagon Operations/Computer Center, and the National Military Command Center. The 2146th Communications Group, Osan Air Force Base, Songtan, South Korea providing computer and printer support, installation, and repair for the Korean Combat Support System used by the U.S. Air Force and the Republic of Korea combat forces throughout South Korea. And the 1923rd Communications Group, Kelly Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas providing support and repair for secure voice and data communications equipment in support of the U.S. Air Force Commissary Agency, Electronic Security Command, and San Antonio Air Logistics Center.
  • Collegiate Schools, Richmond, VA
    Maintenance Technician, 1981 - 1984
    Provided maintenance support for the school to include, but not limited to plumbing repairs, minor electrical repairs, heating and air conditioning maintenance, automotive repair and care, general school maintenance requests, lawn care, painting, glass window replacement and glazing, audio/video equipment repair, boiler maintenance, operation, cleaning and repair.
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San Antonio, TX - Washington, DC - Arlington, VA - Songtan, South Korea
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Friendly staff and great selection of foods, ingredients and vegetables. Can be crowded at times which just goes to show how loved it is with the local Indian community. Even then, checkout is fast.
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Super fast and super friendly staff
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Friendly service and never have to wait for a cashier more than a minute if even that.
Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
Pretty good seafood at reasonable prices. A little cramped inside, but that is because there are always lots of people there. Good view of the bay and boats coming and going around the island. Portions are decent including the basket meals. The service is good, but does take a little while to get your food. When it comes it's piping hot and tasty.
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reviewed 2 years ago
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Public - 6 months ago
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Excellent experience with two different dogs including one experience at 1AM at night. The staff are friendly and they are very straightforward with their tests and costs giving you a high and low amount so there are no surprises.
Public - 10 months ago
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An excellent museum for young and old alike if you have any interest in cryptography. There are many exhibits from the Civil War through modern day. You can play with a working WWII German Enigma machine, view enemy cryptographic equipment and code books, see the original Bombe machine used to break codes in WWII, view a lot of equipment used since WWII including super computers. Many exhibits show the importance of how secure communications was achieved and how breaking the codes were a major endevour. Many kid exhibits as well.
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Appeal: ExcellentFacilities: ExcellentService: Excellent
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