Jim Dinkey

Jim Dinkey

Jim Dinkey passed away Friday November 17, 2017.

He was a member of SPAUG (Stanford Palo Alto User Group for PC) from its early days in the early-1980s until his life ended, and he devoted a large amount of his resources to supporting the organization. He served us as President as long as he was able. He arranged for us to have places to meet. He ran a weekly Saturday repair clinic in his home. He helped us in many ways as teacher and friend.

There was more to Jim than computers. One non-SPAUG activity he enjoyed was playing harmonica weekly with some local musical groups. He was active in the PA Elks Lodge, and served as its Treasurer during its early 2000s transition period when its old building was torn down and its current building was erected. Other activities he engaged in earlier in his life were being a light-plane pilot, teaching math at San Quentin, and playing tennis and golf.

Expect that there will be a time when we will gather with others who knew him to share “that too?” stories about Jim and his effect on our lives, singly and collectively.

— John Buck

Jim Dinkey, SPAUG President – A History of SPAUG

WOW! Interesting videos showing Containership Technology


JeffHK makes videos about being the Third Mate aboard the OOCL Atlanta.

Take a tour of the 323-metre long ship or find out how to anchor it. Find out how containers are loaded, or what’s in a lifeboat. Take a 360° tour of the Bridge, or the Engine Room. Maybe now you want to join the maritime industry? Or maybe you don’t? Could you handle rough seas or a snowstorm? Would it be worth it just so you could crawl along the Duct Keel or sail through the Suez Canal? Do not miss this incredible 30-day timelapse.”

Suppressing aging and extending longevity: Will the twain meet?

A free non-SPAUG event, hosted by Café Scientifique, Thursday, June 15, 2017, 5 pm, at HanaHaus (in the old Varsity theatre), 456 University Ave, Palo Alto.

Summary: Average human lifespan has increased remarkably in the last century and continues to rise, albeit more slowly. Much of this rise is due to medical advances that postpone, treat or prevent certain age-related pathologies. Nonetheless, many older people face years of disability, with enormous human and economic costs. What are the prospects for human health spans and longevity? Recent advances in aging research have identified a few basic mechanisms that appear to drive aging in complex organisms, including humans. Judith Campisi from the Buck Institute of Age Research in Berkeley will discuss one of these mechanisms — a multifaceted stress response — and the prospects for interventions that have the potential to extend the years of healthy life by manipulating this response. She will also discuss the much-debated prospect of extending longevity or absolute years of life.” — http://www.cafescipa.org/

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