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Today’s INSIGHT: Ever Wondered What The Name ‘Canada’ Means?

by Anura Guruge


As some of you know names intrigue me & I spend a fair amount of time thinking about the origins & meanings of names. I wish I had more time to pursue this fobile. Ideally, I would look up each & every name I come across. I still need to find what ‘Craig‘ stands for & where it came from. That is just one of thousands.

The other day ‘Canada‘ popped into my mind. Had no idea. Did YOU? Had to look it up.

Check the Wikipedia entry. They even have two alternate, humorous, suggestions.


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Today’s INSIGHT: ‘Drummer’ Used To Be Another Name For Travelling Salesman.

by Anura Guruge


Did YOU know that? I did not.

I was reading a book set in the 1860s when the term came up — it was talking about two ‘drummers’ who were visiting a midwest Army fort carrying their ‘goods’. Stumped I. So, had to look it up. WOW.

So, I had to SHARE with you. What do you think?


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Today’s INSIGHT: ‘Bagatelle’ Is An Actual Place & There Is A Board Game Of That Name.

by Anura Guruge


The board game. A type of pocket billiards. Goal is to get the small balls into the ‘holes’ made from the pegs using the small cue.


‘Mere bagatelle’ (a phrase I am fond of) comes from the Château de Bagatelle, outside Paris (France). It was basically built as a ‘folly’ — a trifle. Hence, mere Bagatelle. COOL. I just found that out, after encountering the Bagatelle board game on Facebook. Had never heard of it or seen a board. The board game was played at the French Château, hence the name. Cute. I love to learn new things. Wanted to share this with you. Pass it along. SMILE. Enjoy.


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Today’s INSIGHT For Thought: Babies Are Born Capable Of Speaking ANY Language In The World.

by Anura Guruge


It is patently obvious when YOU THINK about it, BUT I am not sure how many of us have ever given it any thought.

Babies, worldwide, when born are NOT ‘programmed’ (or predisposed) to speak any particular language. As long as they are ‘normal’ they will pick-up & learn whatever TONGUE they are most exposed to, i.e., the so called ‘mother tongue’.

I, as you should be able to tell, am NOT good at languages. I listen to Chinese or Russian & am CONVINCED that I would never have been able to master such languages. But, IF I had grown up being exposed to one of those languages it would have become my mother tongue. WOW.

You have to think about this. Quite neat when you finally get you mind around all of it.

No baby is born to speak English, Swahili, Sinhalese, Italian, Russian, Vietnamese or whatever.

Babies are born language-neutral.


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‘Samsung Watch 3’ Group On Facebook — Go Ahead & Join.

by Anura Guruge


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Given the number of ‘Garmin‘ groups on Facebook — & I belong to many of them — I was surprised that there was NONE for the ‘Samsung Watch 3‘ which was announced yesterday.

The ‘Samsung Watch 3‘ has potential. NO, I haven’t got one yet. SMILE. But, I probably will in a few weeks after I double-, triple-check the reviews.

Many features that appeal to I. EKG & AMOLED display for a start.

I will, of course, keep you posted. IF you are interested PLEASE joint the group. It is FREE (for now). SMILE.


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Ransomware Attacks On Big Companies Getting Out-Of-Hand: ‘Garmin’ 10-Days Ago, Now ‘Canon’!

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Wow, these — i.e., ‘Garmin‘ & ‘Canon‘ — are multi-Billion dollar companies.

This has got totally out of hand.

I think we are heading towards a BIG MELTDOWN ahead of the November 3, 2020, U.S. Presidential Election.

I think these ‘hacker groups’ are a FRONT for STATE-SPONSORED attacks!

This is not good. This is NOT going to end well for US!


 

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‘HD Seal & Stripe’ (Central NH): Outstanding — Responsive, Good Price, Good Job, Great Attitude.

by Anura Guruge


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BEFORE & AFTER


They, led by ‘Hal’ work HARD & Well


‘Hal’ is responsive. He is ALWAYS checking for messages!

Hal, in the middle, checking his phone — for messages.


Absolutely AMAZING. From first contact to getting driveway sealed — 5-days!

Yes, 5-days. 5-days.

A mutual friend, ‘Heath England‘ of ‘Autofinders‘ (Laconia, NH), gave me his contact info. last Friday — i.e., July 31, 2020.

I called him right away. He asked me to text him my info. I did. He said he will come by & give me an estimate as soon as possible.

He texted me Sunday afternoon. Sunday afternoon. He was here within the hour. Sunday afternoon. Wow. I was impressed. I like folks who work hard.

His price was DECENT. Very decent. Nothing to quibble about. I was HAPPY. I accepted it on the spot.

He said he will try & get it done within 2-weeks. I pressed him. SMILE. I have been trying to get this driveway paved since mid-June.

He texted me Monday & said ‘Wednesday’. But, then we had the storm coming.

He texted again this morning, Wednesday, to say he will be around this afternoon.

He was. Well, the pictures tell the story.

They were GOOD. I was impressed.

I gave him a nice ‘tip’ PLUS went to Hannaford & bought all three of them ‘drinks’ for when they were finished. I was that happy. SMILE.


This was a great relief. I had been screwed by ‘Sunday Paving & Sealing’ in Wolfeboro! Forget Sundays. I couldn’t get any sense — let alone any work — Monday to Friday. Stark contrast from HD. I had ACCEPTED an estimate from ‘Sunday Paving & Sealing’ on June 23. They said ‘within a month’. Well on July 30 I was still waiting. They then said, ‘September’. That is when I went looking again, & luckily, thanks to Heath, came across ‘Hal’. I am so happy.


Total, unreserved RECOMMENDATION — HD Seal & Stripe.

Great folks. Great attitude.

Good work. Good price. Good work ethic.


 

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What Am I Thinking: How Many People Who Visit ‘Maine’ WONDER Where The Name Comes From?

by Anura Guruge


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Yes, I started THINKING about it on my last trip to Maine, last week.

Yes, in the past it had briefly crossed my mind & I think I kind of assumed that it had to do with ‘MAIN’ — in some form.

But, the other day I really wanted to make sure. So, I went looking.

As you can see from the image above that there are NOW 3 theories. I, however, favor #2 — the French connection.

What do YOU think?

I am GLAD I found the Wikipedia entry. Otherwise I would have wasted my time putting that list together — when I do have other things to do.


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What IF Garmin Supposed Ransomware Attack Is A DISGUISED Hack From China (Or Google)?

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE & skim. From ‘Google News’.


Click image to access my post from 4-days ago.


I was at least 4-hours AHEAD of the pack. As soon as I heard that Garmin had been down for a ‘few’ hours I suspected a HACK. It was much, much later that others cottoned onto this & the rumors of the ransomware surfaced.

I am, however, still NOT convinced.

Being the professional cynic that I am (& a pioneering hacker from the early the 1970s) I have doubts.

What if the supposed ransomware is BUT a ruse to cover up a MASSIVE hack. Yes, the files & data has been encrypted per ransomware, BUT what if they sucked up all the data beforehand.

I am convinced, rightly or wrongly, that we are headed for a major cyber war with China. I think China is trying out their technology & tactics all over the place, Australia in particular. I have a theory that this could be China trying it out on a medium size US company — though I think many of the Garmin servers are in Europe.

Then again, it might be Google! Remember they are in the process of buying up FitBit. Plus, they are HUNGRY for fitness/health data. By hacking Garmin they get access to millions of active users!

Think about it.

P.S., I am a Garmin shareholder, & yes, I sold some of my GRMN shares today, on the news. SMILE.


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