Archive | December 19, 2014

Devanee & I With Governor Maggie Hassan & Mr. Tom Hassan At The State House On December 18, 2014.

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>> Tour of New Hampshire Historical Society Museum.
>> N.H. Law Enforcement Officers memorial 2013.
>> First shift as a GSA at the N.H. State House.
>> Visiting the N.H. State House in Concord.

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Anura Guruge, Governor Maggie Hassan, Thomas Hassan, Christmas 2014



We lucked out.

‘Granite State Ambassadors’ (GSAs), given that we help out at the State House, were kindly invited to attend the Governor’s Christmas Tea for State Workers. I was going to go. I like the Governor, I like visiting the State House and I wanted to take some pictures. When Devanee heard I was going her words were: “you are not going without me”. Well, I like to please. So I e-mailed the State House. They were lovely. The answer was ‘of course, you can bring her‘. Thank you.

Now Devanee did meet with the Governor, at the State House, in July and had her picture taken. But it was good that she wanted to go.

The Governor, first and foremost a mother, is delightful. She is so, so good with children — actually with adults too. Given that we take school parties on tour I have seen her in action with kids a number of times. Just magical. First time I got to meet Mr. Thomas Hassan, the Principal of Phillips Exeter Academy. Suffice to say he is a CLASS ACT.

It was a great experience. Lot of nice people. We got to chat with some interesting folks. LOT of food, but mainly chocolates and sweets. So I had to graze on some cheese. But it was very good. I will post my pictures later today.


Virginia Drew, Director, New Hampshire State House Visitors’ Center With 2014 State House Christmas Ornament.

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Related Posts:
>> Tour of New Hampshire Historical Society Museum.
>> N.H. Law Enforcement Officers memorial 2013.
>> First shift as a GSA at the N.H. State House.
>> Visiting the N.H. State House in Concord.


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Virginia comes up with the design for each year’s State House Christmas ornament — and they are extemely popular. Each year she manages something representative and compelling. For 2014 the theme was “1ts in the Nation Primary”. This ornament is $18.


Virginia Drew is quite a remarkable, multitalented and vastly competent lady. She runs the State House Visitors’ Center like a well oiled machine with a nonchalant efficiency that is quite amazing to witness. Her knowledge of N.H., U.S. and State House history and lore is encyclopedic. Artistic to boot as is demonstrated by her yearly Christmas ornament designs. I always enjoy seeing her. Invariably I come away having learnt something. On Thursday, Virginia, who also has a heart of gold made sure that all of Granite State Ambassadors (GSAs) had a chance to visit the Governor’s Christmas Tea. That is when I took this picture because I had my Canon in my hand. 


I Do NOT Think They Stole Sony Administrator’s Password — I Am Sure They BOUGHT It.

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>> Craigslist, Sony hacked — Nov. 25, 2014.
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Big difference between stealing and buying.

Everything and everybody, as is said, has a price. In the scheme of things an Admin password, even if it is that of Sony, probably isn’t that much. Definitely less than a million.

And they would have had that kind of money.

Much, much simpler and quicker than hacking. Buy a password and ‘Bob, is your uncle’.

From the very start I suspected that this was the case.

There would not have been just ONE admin. at Sony. Plus Sony is NOT a U.S. company. It is a Japanese company. Given that I am sure that the HQ in Japan insisted that they have access, if not control, of the U.S. systems and servers. So some of the passwords would have been known in Japan.

That is where I would start — and remember I have been in computers since 1969. I know few things about IT security.

This was NOT a hack per se. This was a compromise.

Easy analogy. Rather than breaking into your house, a criminal gets a key and the PIN for your security system from your babysitter for $400. Big difference. That is what happened here. I am pretty sure about that.


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