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.” —

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Harry Huskey dies in Santa Cruz; ENIAC pioneer also designed ‘first PC’

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“Huskey thinks his G-15 could be ordained as the first personal computer. It was small for its time, cheap for its time and designed to be used by one person. Although that concept of a personal computer is the same today, the G-15 is a far cry from the desk-top models available today at Macy’s for about $1,000.

For one thing, the G-15 is as big as two refrigerators. And instead of using computer chips, it uses 350 vacuum tubes that must warm up before the computer can be turned on. It has no display screen, just a Teletype that spits out what the computer was thinking.

The price: only $50,000. That’s about $222,000 in 1988 dollars, but it was absolutely a steal back when the cheapest computers sold for more than $1 million.”

Safe software download sites – Beware of deceptive download links & PUPs

I download and use freeware. My primary freeware source is I also use other sources.

Two software sources, and, have similar-sounding names but different reputations, and I can’t easily remember which is which, so when I find some software available via one of them I have to find if it’s the site I want to trust, using the Google search [softpedia softonic].

A few items down in my first page of Google results I found this article which was originally published January 14, 2014. It includes this list of software sites the author considered safe: — See this.

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A little farther down my Google results page I found this article, dated November 22, 2012. In it, Martin Brinkmann says : “Before we take a look at software download portals that use web installers to bundle third party offers, I’d like to take a moment to list a few portals that do not: Softpedia, File Hippo, Freeware Files and Major Geeks. If you need to download something, I’d suggest you check out those portals first.”

Be sure to also read the comments to that article, comments.

Whatever site you choose to download from, please try be as smartly safe as you can. Don’t quickly accept the biggest DOWNLOAD button they show you.