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Shawn Dreelin
Works at State Corporation Commission, Richmond, VA
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This looks cool and BQ seems to always be sold out of their phones that run Ubuntu. I will probably never see this on this side of the pond, but you never know. I'm not too big on the idea of carrying a phone running Ubuntu (I'm too heavily invested in Android and IOS at this point) but a tablet sort of makes sense. Especially from a productivity standpoint. If the price is right, these could be awesome for students.

#linux #ubuntu #ubuntutablet #tablet  
OMG! Ubuntu!
And Canonical say it will #reinvent personal mobile computing
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I cannot wait till India in a Day comes out this year, but in the meantime, here is a short trailer of the movie that +Google India​ and various directors are putting together. I think it will show a real picture of the changes and challenges that India faces these days. These are exciting times for India and if you are Indian, you should feel proud of your nation as it grows to become a global leader.

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To my Indian Friends: Happy Pongal or Makar Sankranti or Lohri depending you live. Last year's picture was for Makar Sankranti so this year a tip of the hat to my South Indian friends. For those not in the know, it's kind of one big party this week in India starting with Lohri in the northwest two days ago and rolling through Makar Sankranti in the north and middle parts and Pongal down south. What a fun week it would be to be in India. Enjoy your holidays my Bharaat bhaiiyon and bahanen!

#pongal #makarsankranti #lohri #india #indianculture  
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Beans and greens on the plate. So now show me the money! Pork roast and biscuits round out this Southern traditional New Years meal. Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas to all my followers that celebrate this holiday. We are melting where we are under weird hot tropical like weather so it really doesn't feel like Christmas here. Though, where Jesus was born, it probably was a lot like this so I guess it's OK. Seeing family and celebrating with a feast also makes up for the strangely warm day! Enjoy the day with family and friends and Happy Birthday Jesus!

#christmas #christmas2015 #hotweather #jesus #christian #christianity #dec25  
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Um.....creepy or wonderful? This is odd, but cool at the same time. I'm not sure whether to fear the future or embrace it. Courtesy of Boston Dynamics.....you know, the robotics lab owned by Google.

#robotics #robot #bostondynamics  
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People are Awesome!
Don't believe me? Then take a look at this awesome short compilation video put together by +devinsupertramp of all the footage he and his team have shot of folks doing some amazing, dangerous, and fun stuff. While you are at it, subscribe to his +YouTube channel for even more amazing videos (in 4K offerings no less) of people doing some cool stuff. This channel has been one of my favorites for years now and I look forward to new stuff all the time.

#amazing #amazingpeople #adventure  
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Happy Martin Luther King Day in the US. Even though this is a US holiday today, the whole world can benefit from Dr. King's wisdom. Here is a list of some surprising facts about him you might not have known. He and Mahatma Gandhi were truly leaders towards peace using non-violent means.

#mlk #mlkday #martinlutherking #martinlutherkingjr #holiday
1) His name was originally Michael, not Martin. His father was also Michael King, hence why Martin Luther King Jr. was originally named Michael King Jr. However, after a trip to Germany in 1931, Michael King Sr. changed his own name in homage to historic German theologian Martin Luther. Michael King Jr. was two years old at the time and [...]
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Whoa! I'm not sure which part is cooler.....the fact that Google can take StreetView down to this small level or that an entire feel of the world can be miniaturized in this level of detail. Both of these are super cool to look at. This is truly model railroading on a grand scale. I hope I can see Miniatur Wunderland some day. It really looks neat.

#streetview #modelrailroad #google #miniaturization #miniaturwunderland  
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Happy New Year and best wishes for 2016 to all!
When the world is your audience it's hard to figure out when to post stuff. I figured at this point half the world is in 2016 and the rest of you will be soon! Hopefully next year is a blessing and prosperous one for you.

My resolutions are to finish my Hindi course and get started learning Urdu. I think I can stick with that despite the joke below. What are your resolutions or things on your 2016 bucket list?

For my Hindi speaking friends: नए साल की शुभकामनाएं !

#hny #happynewyear #happynewyear2016 #nye #newyearseve #newyear2016 #newyearsresolution
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Not exactly feeling like Christmas Eve in Southern Georgia! Now I know what Australians experience on Christmas.

#weather #christmas #christmaseve #south #wx
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Cool.....the next language on my bucket list is coming January 1st via +Learn Urdu with UrduPod101.com. I'm still tackling Hindi through +Learn Hindi with HindiPod101.com but looking forward to trying to learn Urdu down the road. Hindi and Urdu are very similar and mutually intelligible. I figure if I learn the script writing of Urdu and use my Hindi base it will make learning Urdu easy. So why Urdu? Well it too is a largely spoken language of India in large Muslim areas. If you've ever seen closeups of the Taj Mahal, it's the script writing you see written all over the building. Many songs in Bollywood movies are also sung in Urdu. So I figured it will be a handy language to learn and use if I ever make it to India. Now +Innovative Language Learning needs to add Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, and Punjabi! Ha Ha....cover all my bases!

#urdu #secondlanguage #languagelearning #foreignlanguage #india #pakistan #اردو  
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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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Richmond, VA
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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
  • Bejeweled 3
  • Random Mahjong
  • NFC Task Launcher
  • Blek
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Multi-lingual language learning and language exchange Lang-8
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Lang-8 is the best place for learning and practicing foreign languages. Post an entry in the language you are learning, then a native speake

Noorie - Movies & TV on Google Play
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Noorie (Poonam Dhillon) is a young and beautiful girl from the valleys, who along with Yusuf (Farooq Shaikh) has a simple dream - A house...

Dil Dhadakne Do - Movies & TV on Google Play
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Dil Dhadakne Do revolves around an imbalanced Punjabi family on a cruise trip where the film is based on. Ranveer Singh is seen in a charact

360Cities - Android Apps on Google Play
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Enjoy hundreds of thousands of the world’s finest 360 degree panoramas from 360cities.net (http://360cities.net/) and travel the world on yo

Baahubali: The Beginning (Hindi dubbed) - Movies & TV on Google Play
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Raised in a remote tribal village, Shivudu grows up a carefree young man who relentlessly pursues his heart's desire. This leads him on an a

Piku - Movies & TV on Google Play
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Piku (Deepika Padukone) is a Delhi based architect who manages her small business,runs her home and takes care of her 70-year old father Bha

Ubuntu 15.10 Available to Download, This Is What's New
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Ubuntu 15.10 is shy on new features but big on confidence. What the Wily Werewolf lacks in raw transformation it makes up for in sheer bite

Sundara Pandian - Movies & TV on Google Play
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The village of Usilampatti is notorious for honour killings which is a very clear warning to all the young girls or boys found to marry agai

Mirch Masala - Movies & TV on Google Play
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In colonial India, subedars (tax collectors) went from village to village, with soldiers, often demanding more than taxes. A subedar command

O Kadhal Kanmani - Movies & TV on Google Play
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O Kadhal Kanmani (English: Oh Love, Apple of my Eye), also known as OK Kanmani, is a 2015 Indian Tamil romantic film written, directed and p

Clock - Android Apps on Google Play
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Clock combines all of the functionality you need into one simple, beautiful package. • Set alarms, add timers, and run a stopwatch • Kee

Google invites you to help create cinematic history
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India stands at a unique moment in its history: a time of great change, sparked by technology. With the smartphone revolution transforming e

Jigarthanda - Movies & TV on Google Play
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Siddharth a short film maker aspires to make a feature film. A producer suggests him to make a gangster film. Siddharth chooses Bobby Simha

North 24 Kaatham - Movies & TV on Google Play
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Fahad Fazil is a geeky software professional who suffers from an Obsessiveñcompulsive disorder. A hartal day sees him travelling to Trivandr

Papanasam - Movies & TV on Google Play
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Kamal Haasan lives a contented life with him family comprising of his wife Gautami and two daughters (Niveda Thomas and Baby Esther). He run

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

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 - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 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 - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago