New Face of Interface: MS Surface

Hey peeps, you’ve all got to check this one out if you haven’t already. Will try to post more on this as I can, or you guys can do your own research.. but for now, this visual preview will get eye brows raising (if you’ve got any) .. Not sure whether IKEA will have this coffee table though ūüôā Anyways, welcome to tactile computing!

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Why like this?

There’s some issue now about global warming or some shit like that. I believe the solution to this problem is not as simplistic as one might think. Ok, well, maybe some might not think it simple at all, but this is what I think so chiu ish better not tell me what you think that I thought that you never thought that I think.

Anyways, the global warming issue is caused (i think) primarily by the gargantuan output of waste product that we are slewing onto the land (and air) scape. It is undeniable that a great portion of this waste comes directly from the consumption of oil and its by-products. Of course, I’m sure this has been taught umpteen times in your geography lessons when chiu were in school. And I’m also sure you’ve heard about this a dozen times already.

What is to be done however?

Well, the best answer would be to reduce our reliance on said products, and if possible cut them out completely from our way of lives. Not that it’s going to be a problem anyway, since oil reserves are targeted to drain completely in another half-century – and that’s an optimistic view mind you.

Research has begun (eons ago actually) on alternative solutions. You know, hydrogen cars, electric motors, fusion power, that sort of thing. But its mostly been crawling at a the pace of a chihuahua. Of course, most people might think that what with all the prophesy of the impending world cataclysm and ice bergs melting and whatnot we would be motivated to work twice as hard to build better environmentally-friendly machines.

But that is not the case. And for many reasons.

The most powerful reason I guess is the wonder of our oil-driven society. Oil today is the gold of yesterday. Our entire infrastructure, our way of life, our economy is not built open the concrete foundations of Wall street, but on the oil fields of the Middle-East. You could argue of course, that if Wall Street collapses, the economy will flounder. Yes, it will. But have you imagined what would happen if the oil completely stops running today? What would happen? The world will grind to a complete standstill. It is the result of our complete dependence on this wonderful black liquid.

And I’m not just talking about the mountains of motor vehicles, construction and industrial machinery and aircraft either. Take a good look around you. I can guarantee that at least 95% of the stuff that is in your house has a little oil in them. Perhaps not in its raw form, but as a by-product. Oil is used in the creation of plastic, it is used by machines to produce your monitor, and your handphone. It is used in the chemicals that are in your kitchen. Mass production would not be possible without the usage of oil.

So now I’ve proven that oil is essential, the problem should be clear right? Let’s just stop using oil in everything!

Well its easier said than done. I bring you back to my point on the research of alternative sources of energy. Why is it going so slow? Well, the answer is two-fold. First, there is no immediate need to get it. Necessity breeds innovation. Its as simple as that. There is a very good reason why almost all of our technological breakthroughs came during the time of World War II. The modern turbojet for example, was invented during that period. So was the computer, and the rifle, and faster and more powerful engines, and the list goes on and on. I’m not even going to mention the most destructive weapon in history. This happened because during the war if they could not put more stuff on the table, the table might not be there the next morning when they woke up. So they worked their asses off to make sure there was ALWAYS something on the table. Thus, while the scientists working on alternative energy might have deadlines, I’m sure its safe to assume that they probably see no real urgency to speed up their research. Why not prolong it right, since it guarantees a paycheck for a longer period of time.

Economics then.

This paycheck issue is the other problem plaguing the project. I have already mentioned that oil is a dominating factor in our lives. Hence, the companies that have all the cards in their hands are the ones that own, and sell the stuff. They know that our global economy is driven by the product that they have, and it gives them power and an unimaginable amount of wealth. It’s like a merchant who owns gold mines in the medieval ages. Or a farm-owner in the ancient times. Don’t want to work on my fields? Fuck off then, I’m not going to give you food.

Oil is the current means of leverage, just like food and gold were in the old times.

It is no secret that grinding out new technology is a budget-breaking process. Look at the Airbus A380, its not a new technology, but developing that lump cost the company billions of dollars. Therefore the initiative to develop alternative sources of energy should be financed by the big boys, which more or less are -if not the oil companies themselves -influenced in some way by the oil industry.

If I’m an oil company, why the hell would I invest money in a venture that might, in the future, damage my profitability? So this is the paradox that we face.

But the future might not be so bleak after all. Once the oil corps face the fact that the reserves might be drying up, they’re gonna have to start to find a new way to fund their CEOs and private jets. But don’t go waiting. I’m sure we’ll get there -but only when we have an urgent need for it.

On a side note, Windows Vista and Office 2007 has already been hacked, even before its official release. Like what I said, you can stop em, but you can’t stop em. Lol..

On another side note, I did something very naughty recently. *blush* Save that for another time though.. hee hee.

¬†As always, these thoughts are my own and remain my own. Pleash do notch flame me if I ish¬†said something wrong. I am only a non-cybernetic organism. I do not have living tissue over metal endoskeleton. But I am… Da Arby.

Hoap chiu all ish take kare.

I’m not going to try to come up with some cheesy blog entry title

I was driving the other day.

¬†And I realised.. how screwed up the Probation Plate for newbie drivers (like myself) truly is. For anyone out there who don’t know what a Probation Plate is .. well its basically a piece of plastic, or .. 2 pieces really, anyway you stick them on both the front and back windows of your car so that your fellow car drivers know that, hey you’re a newbie driver and you probably drive like pansy-ass crap, you know.. like running at washing machine speeds and committing newbie mistakes like not signalling.

Well, this kinda has two effects. Some drivers are nice and they give way to you and even manage a slight hint of a smile. I have no complaints about these breed. The¬†latter however, become total jackasses when they see that dreaded¬†plate. I’ve encountered drivers who¬†try to¬†show off their wonderful skills in front of me, trying to overtake me¬†at every single damned opportunity, and most¬†irritatingly – not giving way at all! Because they probably believe that they are superior and they should get their own way. Of course,¬†I could be completely misunderstanding their intentions, but a lot of the time it just seems¬†that way.

So .. I appeal to all drivers out there .. please show some mercy to me.. even if you are an elite, uncaring driver.

¬†On a completely different note, I was wondering the other day about my history lessons back in Secondary School, or High School to some of you. Back when I was in school, my history lessons basically consisted of raw recollection of dates and events. You know, when did this guy do something and what did he do. That’s it. This probably means that if you needed to score well in History all you had to do was have a good memory.

As far as I know, this method of ‘imparting the lessons of history’¬†is still being practiced.

While I have nothing against testing one’s power of memory, I do believe that the correct way to teach history is to tell the students why¬†whatever happened¬†happened, and encourage them to analyse the event and raise questions about it. For example, I learnt during one of my lessons that Germany invaded Poland in 1939, thus starting WWII, and I learnt that they did this and did that during the war.. but I was never taught to question why those things happened, and what did I think about this person or that event, like they could have asked us whether we thought the H man was evil, I mean taking into consideration what he did, and why did we think he was evil? Could there be some other factor that lead him down his chosen path? (Btw I need to speak on PATHS but ill leave that to a further discussion.. ūüôā )

I actually found my mind wandering during most of the lessons, as I did more critical thinking than memorization, which thus lead me to almost failing all my tests and exams almost till the very end. I thought about many things, including quite useless stuff like what could have happened if the H man had consolidated his power in Western Europe instead of using those scarce resources to keep throwing stuff into Britain, and even throwing himself into no man’s land on the other side of the map.

Anyway, I hope that they encourage kids nowadays to think more and not degenerate into organic hard disks.

Also.. its late.

Cheers to all. And Sweet Dreams. Or whatever.

 These thoughts are, as always, my own.

-Da Arby

I have returned..

Well, sort of anyway. I do sincerely apologize for this time of absence, especially to my compatriot and fellow lazy bro, and all I can say that I’ve been hit recently by a multiple combo and therefore Ive been KOed but I have returned for round two. Forgive the cheesiness if you can.

With regards to my lazybro’s comment on IE7.. well I couldn’t agree more. But my observation is more based on societal behavior rather than a technological analysis on the inner workings of IE7. I bet you’ve read this before somewhere as well, but I don’t care I’m just going to say it.

You see.. exploiters, hackers, loopholers, whatever you call those people who prowl deep in the dark void of the digital underworld, they tend to want to create havoc. I do not think that they are paid a lot of money to cause all that trouble. Well, maybe they are but I’ll leave that to the conspiracy theorists.

On the contrary to that, I would think that most of them like to use their skills to hack into systems and software mainly to prove that they can do it, they love the challenge of doing it, and further they would love to gain recognition for their ability. Another type of this person probably hacks because he feels upset about something, perhaps its his or her way at getting back at society. For both types of people, they would most likely select a method of attack that would affect as many people as they possibly can, because they probably want to get as much attention as they possibly can. Therefore, they select as their instrument of distribution the internet and internet explorer as their platform, because billions of people use IE.

I mean, what’s the use of attacking a platform where only a handful of people are using it and therefore not much attention is given to it? No one would know, or much less care about what happened. Thus, IE is blasted open by these hackers as they try to exploit its faults and deliver their version of mayhem. We can see this trend happening on the Firefox platform as well, what with the increasing number of viruses being written to exploit the software, as more people start to use it.

¬†The fact of the matter is that there is no perfect software. Such a concept only exists in theory, and will almost never be a true realization. Also, we must accept the truth that more hackers will probably devote their time to exploit platforms that large amounts of people make use of. No matter what software companies do, they can never defeat these hackers at their game. Because, they’re just too damn good. I believe that these specialists can hack almost anything when they put their fingers to it, even those software that have been written to be ‘hack-proof’.

My point? It doesn’t matter what you use. Just use it and pray. Or at least that’s what I think my point is. ūüėÄ

More to come later.. gotta hit the sack.

 Da Arby

Browser Wars… If So why IE7 then?

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In my previous post, i had quoted the interview that Dean Hachamovitch had with Looking at the answers to the questions that various users had posted, I don’t see many reasons why IE7 should be eagerly awaited upon, sought after, and downloaded. IE evangelists not included.

Whats new in it this time? It seems like there isn’t very much offered that’s different than there already is available in the browser galaxy of today. For the radical user its all quite the same. Even the bug(s) and the loophole(s) remain, exposed in less than 24 hours after IE7 was made available for download (if I’m not wrong). It was a security vulnerability. According to MS, the vulnerability is not in any of the IE7 components, in-fact its from Outlook (you can read about it here). According to Dean Hachamovitch, they had looked at many rigorous ways to make IE7 sturdy and secured and will continue to do so. Some of the changes they made in the coding of IE7, looks to be heading towards the more reliable and secured direction. Which is a good thing, would’ve been better if they had done this much much earlier though.

But then again security is quite a touchy issue in this context. And its very difficult for any of the developers to make their product extremely secure, in other words 100% problem(s) free. Even Firefox, a browser I would strongly recommend, has to deal with flaws and loopholes from time to time as they get exposed. But being open source allows resolutions to a prevalent issue to be submitted by anybody. The time taken for a patch to be released could be quicker too. Thus, as far as security is concerned, its never quite going to end. But however the cycles of which patches are being offered and the surface areas of vulnerabilities could and should be reduced. Especially those critical ones. Based on past experiences, IE hasn’t really fared very well in this department. IE7, is still unproven. So judging it based on the dogmas of it’s past isn’t very fair. As such, let it evolve, let the bugs, if anymore, be identified and corrected. In the mean time, use a more reliable browser.

Not forgetting that IE7 just doesn’t install on your system without authenticating your operating system first. The company will lobby that its a comprehensive policy to curb anti-piracy, well it maybe. Reactions to this, as expected, are ambiguous; just like the browsers and their vulnerabilities. ūüôā (Read more about the view on this policy here)

So then why IE7? Why not Firefox or Opera. I, along with many others on this planet, think that Firefox is a great browser. It offers all that you need to have a great time on the WWW and much more. In-fact they have recently came out with their latest release, version 2.0. In my opinion, I don’t think the latest offering fits the “2.0” labelling, but version works perfectly fine for me.

Apart from the fact that they’re many sites that are only fully functional on IE (this is so, cos IE has had no apt competitors before, other than Netscape.), and that its a browser that comes along with a windows OS, there isn’t much validating reasons to stick to or use it zealously. For those who have not tried the other worthy browsers give it a shot. Only when you’ve sampled them will you be able to make a credible comparison for yourself. Only then will you be better able to appreciate what you’re using, for what its worth.

As far as IE 7 is concerned, I feel its release is indeed rushed, though its been long overdue.

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Browser Wars… Competitors refreshed,re-trained… facelifted?

As I was reading the answers by Dean Hachamovitch, the team leader of IE 7, on Slashdot I couldn’t but think to myself how much longer will IE remain as the dominant browser used by surfers all around. Well infact, it wasnt so much that people preferred IE to other browsers because it was fantastic or that it had a wonderful UI. It was cos it was there, whether or not you wanted it. Just like the media player and etc, the browser is a offering that comes along with the installation of the OS. An offering that stubbornly adheres itself together with the OS. Removing it ain’t worth the hassle. So just leave it, let it be. But if its gonna stay, it might as well be of some use… so u begin using it, become used to it and comfortable with it; well no one said IE doesn’t work… they just said it sucks.

But they try, to compete and stay ahead in the browser share market… armed together with their upcoming latest OS Vista, is IE7.

Well its gonna get tougher for IE to be dominant as it was before, and its sure to lose it large share of the browser market gradually. I guess, its the users’ choice at the end of the day. But its also the empirical truth, that there are better browsers out there. If so, is IE7 good enough?

Q n A from Slashdot:

1) How about this…
by also-rr

Would you like to make available IE on other operating systems?

Dean Hachamovitch:

We did make versions of IE available on other operating system for a pretty long time, up through IE5 on Unix and the Mac. At the time we developed them, those offerings made sense. I don’t see a good reason to make IE available on other operating systems at this time.

2) IE7 release time
by BeeBeard Why did IE7 take such a long time to release after IE6?

Dean Hachamovitch:

Basically because we were doing a lot of other things before we started work on IE7: a few releases of MSN Explorer, a lot of work on what turned out to be Windows Presentation Foundation, a lot of investment in what turned into IPv6 support in Windows Vista, and lot of security response, a pretty intense effort on Windows Server 2003 (and IE’s “Enhanced Security Configuration”), and then a pretty intense effort on Windows XPSP2. You can read a more detailed answer here

3) Follow up
by LordEd

If you had more time, is there a new feature you would have liked to include in IE7?

Dean Hachamovitch:

Yes, several come to mind. None were more important than shipping. None were more important than the bug fix work we did in response to beta feedback.

The temptation to get “just one more feature in” is so strong… one more CSS fix, one more neat facility for developers, one more performance optimization, one more cool end-user feature. The thing that made it easier to resist the temptation and ship is the prototype and planning work we’ve started on the next release of IE.

4) Simple questions
by Billosaur

IE has a dominating command of the market, although Firefox is slowly making inroads, due to innovations such as tabbed browsing that IE has had to incorporate to maintain that command. But where are the IE innovations? Why can’t the IE team get ahead of the curve on Firefox? Is there anything you consider an innovation that is unique to IE that would plausibly be something the browser market would have to incorporate to stay competitive?

Dean Hachamovitch:

I think IE7 is the first browser with integrated real-time anti-phishing functionality, with an RSS platform and support for Simple List Extensions (see below), with “QuickTabs,” with support for OpenSearch, and with shrink-to-fit printing on by default. In Windows Vista with Protected Mode, IE7 is the first browser to “put itself into a sandbox” and run with low privileges.

I think that during the IE7 beta process, you’ve seen other browser vendors copy some of these features and/or deliver add-ons for others. (IE has also delivered some functionality – like spell-checking in forms or in-line find, as add-ons; you can read more here.

I want to call out the Phishing Filter and RSS in particular. I think there’s a clear difference between the protection offered in IE7 and other places. I suggest readers look here and here and decide for themselves. I was surprised when I read this because I think IE7 delivers real-time protection that respects user privacy at the same time.

I think IE7’s RSS is pretty deep. First, the support for the Simple List Extensions that we made available under a Creative Commons license is cool – check out the links below in IE7. Also, the platform enables developers to deliver on some great scenarios, like sharing subscription information between different applications and services easily (from the new version of Outlook 2007 I run at work to IE7 at home via Newsgator). You can read more about that here.

In regards to tabs, according to, NetCaptor (an IE-based browser) was first.

5) My shot
by Njovich

What do you consider the greatest weakness of Firefox?

Dean Hachamovitch:

Hey, I’ve met a bunch of the Firefox folks and respect them and am not about to say mean things about them or their product, period. I have started to see some things that even some Slashdotters find a little confusing, like the whole Iceweasel thing.

6) Security
by Seto89

One of IE7’s revolutionary features was supposed to be security, although it took less than 24 hours for Secunia to post an advisory about a security hole. Moreover, the bug seemed to be carried over from as early as IE5.5. What approach did you take to improve browser’s security, and how come the vulnerabilities have been carried over?

Dean Hachamovitch:

The overall approach we took is called the secure development lifecycle. You can read more about it in general at and The very short version is that we stepped back to analyze all the ways to attack a browser and then figured out the best ways to defend in depth against attacks. We reduced attack surface area, for example, turning off several feature and protocols by default and with ActiveX opt-in. We re-wrote a lot of the URL handling code in our networking layer. We ran a lot of tools against the source code to look for vulnerabilities. We listened to feedback from lots of smart people who are skilled in the art of attack.

As anyone who reads SecurityFocus or FullDisclosure will tell you, security is an industry problem and innovation in attacks is ongoing.

The MHTML issue is pretty interesting. IE calls another Windows component to handle some MTHML functionality. That component has a vulnerability. The important things here are (1) a malicious site can steal user data and (2) of course Microsoft cares about privacy and will fix this issue promptly. Some of the blogs over at zdnet – in particular George Ou’s and Ed Bott’s, have had some balanced opinion pieces on this issue.

While I was writing this, someone disclosed another issue irresponsibly. On the one hand, it’s minor (a malicious site can make the address bar, when it’s selected and in a pop-up window, deceiving… clicking in the pop-up window addresses the issue) and our anti-phishing technology helps a lot. The MSRC blog has more detail. At the same time, an attacker could draw a fake or misleading address bar in a pop-up window in a browser that doesn’t automatically show the address bar in every window. Again, I think all this shows is that innovation in attacks is ongoing.

7) How about this….
by Toreo asesino

Let’s pretend for a moment that Internet Explorer isn’t the default web-browser built into Windows and instead, users are presented with a choice on first login (e.g. a message asking ‘How would you like to browse the internet? MSIE, Firefox, Opera’).

Would you expect IE to become as dominant as it is now if users had to specifically choose it over another?

Ignoring the slight impracticalities, if so (I’m guessing you do), on what basis would this be?

Dean Hachamovitch:

OK, I’ll pretend. My first question is when we ask users this question… if it’s in 1995, then Opera isn’t on the list (Wikipedia just told me that its first public release was in 1996) and neither is Firefox. If it’s today, then, candidly, we have 10+ years of people seeing the IE icon and all that that means to them.

The funny thing about your question is that in some ways, users are about two clicks from this scenario every time they run Windows XP: from the Start menu, select Set Program Access and Defaults. And it’s not limited to the browsers you list, but any browser that they can download.

To answer your core question: I don’t know how people would answer that question. I think we’ve asked users far simpler ones (like setup programs that ask “Do you want a typical or custom software installation?”) that have proven frustrating to them. I do blog searches just about every day to read what people are saying about their browser choice, the browser I work on, and the other browsers you list. While it may surprise you, for many users, the differences between today’s browsers aren’t as clear and obvious as they may seem to many in the Slashdot crowd. I’ve read a lot of posts that say, “I tried IE7, I’m pleasantly surprised, and I’m switching back.” (I read a lot of others for sure.) For some folks, having professional technical support to contact makes all the difference in their browser choice. During a press interview with a technical trade journal recently I asked the reporter “So what do you browse with” and he said “Mostly IE6, sometimes Firefox 1.5.” That might surprise some of you.

8) Allowing Developers to Test for Compatibility
by miyako

IE7, like IE6, renders a lot of pages significantly differently than the other main HTML rendering engines available (Geko, KHTML, and Opera). At the same time, IE7 requires WGA to run – so that applications like Wine are unable to run it. This means that web developers who are using Linux and Mac OS X will have an extremely difficult time testing their sites with IE7. Was this intentional? If so what was the reason behind it (do you want to force developers to move to Windows for web development, or simply set IE aside as something different that isn’t a regular browser and must be specifically developed for), and if not how do you plan to rectify the situation?

Dean Hachamovitch:

I think the core of your question is about giving away Windows licenses for free. We love developers, period. We’re also not about to give away Windows client licenses. Because we want end-users to have a great experience on the web, of course we want web developers to have an easy experience working with IE and testing their sites with IE. That’s why we published tools like the web developer toolbar and the Application Compatibility Toolkit and so much documentation during the course of IE7 development. I also respect that – as hard as everyone at Microsoft works to make Windows the best operating system for developers run – some developers will choose to run others. Mac developers have a fine solution – I’ve talked with hardcore Mac people who bought a copy of Windows that they run on their Mac with Parallels to test their work in IE. For other developers, I’ve seen some very clever solutions like BrowserCam that should help.

9) I asked Hakon about CSS and now I ask you:
by Chabil Ha’

This past summer H√•kon Wium Lie was interviewed on /. and my question was selected concerning IE7’s glaring lack of full CSS support. Why is it that MS has avoided meeting at least the ACID2 spec for CSS in order to bring some semblance of comformity for developers?

H√•kon Wium Lie’s response to these questions is boiled down to the fact that you do have the talent and resources to fix these issues and he says that “the fundamental reason, I believe, is that standards don’t benefit monopolists” like MS.

How do you respond to his comments (the author of the CSS spec) and does MS have any near future plans to adhere to the existing CSS standard? If not, what would it take for MS to take a more proactive role in supporting it?

Dean Hachamovitch:

During IE7’s development, we prioritized the work we did based on the web development community’s real-world feedback. The engineering exercise here was choosing the best work for a finite number of developers to do during a finite period of time, especially given the compatibility impact of changing how IE behaves. The work that we delivered in IE7 simply has more positive impact and makes web developers’ jobs easier than making an arbitrary (if terribly clever) web page render the way its author intended.

The Acid 2 test explicitly states that it isn’t part of a formal compliance suite and it is not a “spec for CSS.” It’s a suite of tests of HTML, CSS, PNG, and data URL features that Mr. Lie thought were important. I’m glad that Mr. Lie – who is one of the authors of the CSS specifications – acknowledges that Microsoft’s developers have the talent to address these issues.

The question here isn’t whether we want to support those features or if we understand that web developers want them (we do), but simply prioritization. We focused on web developers’ real world problems.

The real goal here is interoperability – something that Microsoft product teams believe in (remember, Microsoft has more than one product that works with HTML, CSS, and other web standards, and they have to interoperate too) and something that benefits customers (end-users, developers, IT Pros, et al.) across the board. The work in Windows Vista around IPv6 as well as the work we’ve done in IE7 with OpenSearch, RSS and with Certificate Authorities and other browser vendors on Extended Validation certificates are good examples of following through on that belief in interoperability.

Your question also asks about Microsoft’s plans to comply with the existing CSS standard; there are actually several CSS standards, some still under construction (CSS level 3) and some made obsolete over time (e.g. CSS 2.1 fixing errors, removing ambiguities and changing required behavior from CSS 2). Just as we did in IE7, we’re going to listen to the web development community and prioritize the remaining CSS work and deliver the parts we hear are most important first. We do intend to comply with the standard; no other browser I’m aware of has complete support of every feature in CSS 2.1, so it’s clear that we all have to use prioritization to know where best to place our resources.

10) Why develop IE at all
by CmdrGravy

Given that you are not planning on selling IE 7 and the fact that there are already other browsers on the market which can allow Windows users to experience the web fully why is Microsoft investing so much time and effort in continuing the development of IE?

Dean Hachamovitch:

Windows customers expect the best, safest experience with their PCs out of the box, especially around the web browser. We’re investing so much time and effort in IE in order to give Windows customers a great, secure, default experience. I’m glad that users can choose other browsers as they see fit – Windows is a platform. We’re working this hard on IE because so many end-users rely on it and so many developers have built on the APIs that IE exposes as a part of the Windows platform.


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Web Catch: Cigar + Coffee + Sex = 100 Years…


I stumbled on this while watching the BBC channel sometime ago. Its interesting, really. And this should bring a certain degree of fascination to all Cigar Aficionados everywhere. But to concur with personally or to make it empirical, I guess we got to just wait and see… ūüôā


Cigars and sex ‘boost Cuba lives’

Cuban cigar smoker

Centenarians say cigars, sex and coffee boosted their life expectancy

Cuba’s high number of centenarians say their longevity is down to laying off alcohol, but indulging in coffee, cigars and sex. The findings are the result of a study that looked into the lives of 54 out of the more than 100 centenarians who live in Villa Clara province.

More than 60% of them had parents who also lived to be over 100.

Cuba, with a population of 11.2 million, has about 3,000 people who have lived for more than a century.

The results of the study were reported to the National Geriatrics and Social Work workshop in Santa Clara town, the newspaper Juventud Rebelde said.

In the study, the lives of the centenarians were found to be disciplined, but not austere.

None was alcoholic, and they said they loved coffee and cigars, which they consumed in large quantity.

They had a healthy interest in a number of areas, including sex, said Dr Nancy Nepomuceno, who carried out the study.

Most of the centenarians were mentally alert, had a good lifestyle and did manual labour in rural areas.

Almost all ate a diet which included fish, eggs, milk, white meat and vegetables, cooked with little salt and natural seasonings.

The life expectancy in Cuba is 76, but in Villa Clara province, where the study was carried out, it is 78.



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