In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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. 13, 2006 / 13 Teves, 5766

Palm's Interesting ‘Flip-Flop’

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | To hear some critics tell it, Palm, Inc., has become the John F. Kerry of handheld computer makers: abandoning its own, eponymous operating software for Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0, they suggest, was like being "for" the Palm OS before they "voted" against it.

That's not totally true: Palm assures - swears, even - they will keep working on the Palm OS and bringing out new devices that use the software. Right now, I have no reason to doubt them.

Thus the arrival last week of Palm's Treo 700w phone/personal-digital-assistant combo is a watershed of sorts, but not yet a Waterloo. The Treo 700w is a capable device, occasionally frustrating, but not so terrible as to scare off many users. It's designed, Palm admits, to appeal to corporate buyers who will accept only Microsoft-compatible products in their purchasing.

The size and layout are surprisingly similar to Palm's latest Treos, such as the 650. There are some Windows Mobile-specific buttons, but if you've used the earlier model, you can pick up with the 700w quickly. The new Treo is designed to work on Verizon's high-speed wireless network, and this it does well. E-mails zip back and forth rapidly, while Internet Web pages load super-fast. A "desktop" viewing option will give you a life-like Internet experience, albeit in quadrants you'll have to maneuver around due to the 240-by-240-pixel screen. There's no landscape viewing option, sad to say.

E-mail comes via a handheld version of Microsoft Outlook, and it works reasonably well. I could set up, though not rename, separate accounts, and long messages could be retrieved one at a time. Sending e-mail worked well, too, as did e-mailing photos - the 700w has a very nice 1.3 megapixel camera built in.

Missing are the standard Palm applications, but the Windows Mobile equivalents are pretty good. The pocket version of Excel comes in handy if you're playing around with spreadsheets and number-crunching. Ditto for the mobilized Microsoft Word, although even the Treo 700's nice built-in keyboard isn't a substitute for the real thing when it comes to writing more than a very short e-mail.

Phone dialing can be summoned by typing the name, or even initials, of a contact - numbers pop up for your selection. Speed dial can be done by name, or even by selecting a picture from the main screen.

What's not to like? It's not the Palm OS, and that will disappoint some people. You can't sync the 700w with Macintosh computers yet; third party software will come, at an extra cost, of course. And the Verizon phone is great in New York but not in New Delhi - for global use, a Treo that supports the GSM phone system is required.

Still, Palm deserves respect for making an effort. Windows Mobile still has some growing to do as a handheld operating system, and perhaps Palm can help nudge this along. The Treo 700w, priced $399 with a service plan from Verizon, isn't perhaps as great as one might hope, but it isn't as ghastly as some suggest.

Palm does, however, deserve even more praise for a little accessory launched alongside the new Treo: the $199 TripKit , which takes $300 worth of Treo accessories - leather holster, Bluetooth headset, travel and car chargers, an extra battery and a stylus/pen combo - and rolls them up, literally, in a nice leather case. Road warriors will sing hosannas over this one: it's stylish and practical. It supports the Treo 650 and 700w; if you have either phone, it's worth checking out.

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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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