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Shawn Dreelin
Works at State Corporation Commission, Richmond, VA
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A good list of the commands you can use with Google Now. Up to date as of today by adding in commands to send messages through other various messaging services. I always love all the fun stuff on the end of the list.

#android #google #googlenow #voicecontrol  
Google Now can do tons of great stuff using nothing but voice commands. The list is more longer than you might think!
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+Ronnie Tucker over at +Full Circle Magazine is shooting out some info (via email) on the upcoming +Ubuntu phone coming via BQ to India. Since I have a lot of nerdy Indian friends here (namaskar mere doston), I'm passing along the info he gave from +Canonical:

As some of you may know, a BQ Ubuntu phone will soon be released in India. Canonical (the good folks behind Ubuntu) are looking for Indian Ubuntu users who would like to help spread the word. If you'd like to help, or know someone in India who can, please drop an email to: ubuntu-phone@canonical.com

All the best,
Ronnie

#ubuntu #ubuntuphone #smartphone #india #technology  
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Sweet! I tried out +Kodi version 15 on my Nexus 10 tablet since it has been released out of beta today on the +Google Play store. I installed the MythTV PVR plug-in and other than configuring the IP address of the MythBackend server, it connected and now I have live TV working great on my Nexus 10.

I tried this back when it was still XBMC Android and version 12, but the live TV part was a bit buggy. SD channels played great, but HD channels rebuffered too much to be decent to watch.

In the video below you can see that HD (the first channel I bring up) plays just fine and the SD channel is not too bad on this large screen. To be fair I'm in the same room with the WiFi router. When I moved downstairs the HD channels buffered too much. So you do need excellent WiFi. I was amazed how easy it was to get this running with MythTV (the server has been working for years, so I didn't need to do anything there).

Shawn is happy! Very happy! So yes, live TV is a possibility even on a pokey old dual-core Nexus 10.

#kodi #kodi15 #mythtv #android #androidapps #androidtv #xbmc  
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Seafood dinner with a view. :-)
Dinner on Gwynn's Island tonight.

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मेरे हिंदू मित्रों को:
इस मंगलमय दन पर, रथ यात्रा की शुभकामनाएं।

Happy Rath Yatra to any Hindu friends out there. This year would have been great to visit Puri, Odisha.

Photo courtesy of Puri My City (purimycity.in).

#rathyatra #rathyatra2015 #hindu #hinduism #puri #odisha #jagannath #रथयात्रा #रथयात्रा२०१५  
#রথযাত্রা  
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To all my Muslim followers on this auspicious day of Eid-ul-fatr Eid Mubarak to you.
I hope you had a blessed Ramadan/Ramzan this year and have a joyous day today.
ईद मुबारक
عید مبارک
عيد سعيد

#eidalfitr #eidulfatr #eid #eidmubarak #eid2015 #ईद #عید #ईदमुबारक #ईदउलफितर  
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Cool double rainbow over Richmond tonight.

#rainbow #rva 
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Pretty good article on the levels of language learning and what the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) levels are for second language learners (or polyglots). Though this is a European model, it can apply to pretty much any language you are learning. Looking at the descriptions in the chart, I'm somewhere between L2A1 and L2A2 teetering more towards L2A2 while learning Hindi as a second language. I'm not quite good a creating and speaking sentences on the fly yet, but I can more or less create original sentences on my own with some hard thinking. Writing it out is easier for me than speaking it. The grammar and genders maybe be futzed up though. ;-)

If you are learning a second, third, or other number of languages, where do you think you fall???

Shout out to +Benny Lewis for pointing out this resource through his own blog.

#foreignlanguage #secondlanguage #language #languagelearning  
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Photospheres are still broke and only show as a weird 2D photo. In other words you can't show off Photosheres on a desktop. Works in the Android client.
Google announced that Google+ Photos will no longer be available in a few weeks, so everyone will have to switch to Google Photos. "In an effort to ensure everyone has the best photos experience we can deliver, on August 1st ...
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Dog days of Summer.....even the dog says so.

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You NEED that Apple Watch......

#dilbert #cartoon #applewatch  
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Yes...but the Moto 360 is so small...she usually does not notice me using my watch like she would my Droid Turbo Phone.
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Whoa! This has to be the coolest house ever! Its built into a cliff overlooking the Aegean sea with a see through infinity pool for the roof. This is absolutely gorgeous architecture. Be sure to check out the slide show for the cool interior views.

Courtesy of +Inhabitat 

#architecture #dreamhome #dreamhouse
This amazing concrete house in carved into a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea.
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Telecommunications & Networking Systems Professional
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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.
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  • 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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Telecom Professional and Nerd. Android and Linux fanboy.
Introduction
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 Samsung Galaxy Note 3 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 ;-)
Bragging rights
I can make cheese, yogurt, sausages, sauerkraut, kimchi, and pickles all from scratch. I'm learning Hindi, so there's that.
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Education
  • Hindipod101.com
    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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  • Hitman GO
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  • NFC Task Launcher
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Anegan - Movies & TV on Google Play
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Amyra Dastur is a young game developer and she often gets weird thoughts about her past life, doctors call it as a illusion caused by her jo

Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi - Movies & TV on Google Play
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Siddharth has had a bad breakup with his girlfriend Amala Paul after a year-long relationship. This comes as a dramatic incident in his othe

Ithu Kathirvelan Kadhal - Movies & TV on Google Play
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A staunch devotee of Lord Hanuman, Udhayanidhi Stalin (Kathirvelan) is totally against marriage and romance. But one glimpse of the lovely N

Itchy Feet: A Travel and Language Comic
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So, just for you, dear reader, I've asked Erik to put his experiences in comic form and contribute to Itchy Feet! He writes and sketches the

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham – Movies on Google Play
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Yashvardhan Raichand (Amitabh Bachchan) lives a very wealthy lifestyle along with his wife, Nandini (Jaya Bachchan), and two sons, Rahul (Sh

Aa Gaye Munde U.K. De - Movies & TV on Google Play
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A romantic comedy set in the lush fields of Punjab and the beautiful city of Chandigarh - Aa Gaye Munde U.K. De is a sequel to the earlier b

Race Gurram – Movies on Google Play
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Ram (Shaam) and Lakshman alias Lucky (Allu Arjun) are brothers. They are totally opposite characters with Ram being a diligent police office

Action Jackson - Movies & TV on Google Play
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A fun, small time crook gets entangled with a relentless girl who is convinced that he will bring her good luck. The consequences that resul

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A hard-core commitment phobic, running away from all the I Love You's is how Yudi is described best. He may not have a problem with the phra

Dum Laga Ke Haisha - Movies & TV on Google Play
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It is the 1990s, the tape-cassette is dying, CDs will soon be the rage and a regular arranged marriage will turn out to be a perfect mismatc

How to get started with Linux: A beginner's guide
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Trying Linux is easy--you can even install it on a USB drive or disc to try it out before committing. Enter the world of open-source here.

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Nirmala Gupta runs her household in a very strict and authoritative manner. While most of her family resents this, they do obey her instruct

Mary Kom - Movies & TV on Google Play
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A chronicle of the life of Indian boxer Mary Kom, who went through several hardships before audaciously accomplishing her ultimate dream. (C

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Set in the 16th century AD, the movie brings to life the tale of the doomed love affair between the Mughal Crown Prince Saleem and the beaut

Anand – Movies on Google Play
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Dr. Prakash and Dr. Bhaskar meet their new terminally ill patient, Anand Saigal, who is aware that he has a short time to live. During this

Send directions to your Android phone right from a Google desktop search...
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Google will now let you send directions from your current location to a location of your choice, right from the web browser of your desktop

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You love Android—but how well do you really know Android? These power user tips dig deep into your system's hidden crannies, and surface sup

Free Hops From Hardywood
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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery never rests. Four years ago it invited anyone who was growing hops in their backyard to contribute part of thei

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.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Awesome deep dish pizzas. Plenty of choices and generous portions. You only need a slice or two with all the great toppings on top. Close parking can be a problem, but plenty nearby in a few blocks. Really nice during good weather since they have a deck. If you are a pizza connoisseur you will love this place.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Super friendly staff that are able to help you with your transportation needs. They also sell Rideshare branded items for a really good price too.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
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A surprisingly great place for being in a strip mall. The food is really good and the portions are generous. Plenty of selections to choose from. The staff is super friendly and very attentive to your needs. Don't let the location or the big pizzeria sign fool you. This place has high quality food. They have great pastas made with quality ingredients, really great sandwiches, nice salads and the pizza is pretty good too! The prices for the quality of the food and attention to details is worth it. The owners are from Sicily and the details show in the food and it's presentation.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
A very friendly very open Catholic Church with a modern attitude. Many opportunities for expanding and learning your faith and/or participating in various outreach programs. Vibrant youth, young adult and older adult ministries. There is something for everyone here.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Middle of the road. Not the best service, but not the worst. There are better Wendy's. They kill the French Fries which are usually excellent at other Wendy's. They taste undercooked and still frozen tasting. Most every thing else is OK. The drive-through is usually fast without too much wait except in the middle of work days or close to Christmas.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago