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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan. 6, 2006 / 6 Teves, 5766

The year of little extraordinary — and that's good

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Back in the late 1980s, a standard joke among computer trade journalists was that each of the just-ending, or soon-beginning, years was, indeed, "the year of the LAN," which stood for local-area network. Some time, finally, LANs became standard issue for offices and the joke is barely remembered.


Of all the things 2005 may well be remembered for - the year of the iPod, perhaps? - I wonder if it shouldn't be remembered as, well, a year of relatively little that was extraordinary. That's not a complaint, please, but rather an observation. We had ups and downs with viruses and worms; "spam" e-mail remains a bother despite the best efforts of many; and, yes, Apple not only sent out several iPod models into the world, but a new version of the Mac OS X, Tiger, as well.


Yet the year just ended wasn't a really revolutionary one as far as computing in general was concerned. There were no stupendous advances in personal computing technology, although some of the year's new products were quite nice. Perhaps the industry needed a "breather" after 20 years of hard-charging improvements at almost every turn.


For its part, Microsoft Corp. introduced no new versions of its operating system, Windows, or its core productivity application, Office. Such may arrive in 2006, although releases from the firm have been known to miss promised ship dates. With the looming arrival of 64-bit processors for PCs, it's highly likely that the 64-bit version of Windows that has been in a public Beta test will solidify and come to market as well. The more power a processor has, the more work it can do, so there should be a speedup in Windows' operations and perhaps those of applications, if 64-bit versions are also released.


One of the most surprising, to many, announcements of 2005 was Apple Computer's decision to forgo the IBM-produced PowerPC processor in favor of Pentium chips from Intel Corp. As early as Jan. 10 (next Tuesday), we may see substantial announcements from Apple regarding new computers with the Pentium chips, and at much lower prices for previous, equivalent models. Then again, it may take Apple just a little while longer to get in the Pentium groove, but it will happen during 2006, the company has previously said.


If Microsoft and Apple are, somewhat, biding their time on new arrivals, what about the rest of the industry? Telephone service using broadband lines, called Voice-over-Internet-Protocol, or VoIP , is becoming quite popular, even if New Jersey-based Vonage appears to be following the old AOL method of blanketing humanity with advertising - commercials, mostly, instead of CDs in the mail box. Despite the gaudiness, VoIP is a technology that offers some true advantages, not the least being much lower cost for service and greater flexibility in using advanced calling features such as simultaneous ringing and call forwarding. In my own case, the VoIP provider I use, Primus Telecommunications Group's Lingo, lets me manage these features and more via a Web page.


Perhaps the greatest continuing development in 2006 will be the continued convergence of handheld phones with just about everything else. There are camera-phones out there claiming a 2 megapixel resolution on images, and Palm's Treo will get a boost from Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system sometime this year as well. I like the ability to carry "everything" in my pocket, a device that can handle e-mail, web browsing, digital photography, GPS functions, and phone calls, but it can also seem overwhelming at times.


And don't forget personal entertainment. As flat-screen digital TVs begin to "take over," some computer manufacturer or software developer - perhaps Apple or Microsoft - will come up with a computer that'll manage your video needs, record new shows AND let you work, or at least Web surf, on a 36-inch screen.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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