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. 4, 2008 / 26 Teves, 5768

All I Want For New Year's Is

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | What to expect from computer technology this year? The words of Heraclitus of Ephesus come to mind: "Nothing endures but change." In other words, things will be different this year, but how much so?

Some predictions, which I may wish to forget 12 months hence:

It seems the greatest change is likely to come in terms of handheld devices: smartphones and the like. Apple's IPhone, mentioned here last week as a category-changing product, will inspire other makers to revise and update their products. Microsoft, reportedly, is going to incorporate IPhone-like features in its Windows Mobile operating system, for example.

Another emphasis is likely to be in the area of personal computer security. We've had too many problems to think otherwise, and firms such as Symantec and others will work to make things better in this vital area. I would expect more in the way of online protections, too, since phishing is on the rise.

I'll confess that I finally "get" the whose social networking concept, and will predict more growth and less rockiness for services such as Facebook. It's too much to hope, however, that MySpace users will refrain from their tendency to produce some of the most garish and eye-abusing Web pages in the brief history of the Internet. There are other sites worth investigating, such as www.spock.com, which takes social connections in a different direction, and still more will likely emerge in the next year or two.

The major operating systems in use by the majority of computer users won't change all that much. We had, in 2007, the arrival of Microsoft's Windows Vista and Apple's Mac OS X Leopard. There will be, as noted last week, slight revisions to both of these, but not much more. Unless the people behind Linux come up with something, it'll be a rather complacent year OS-wise.

At the same time, there could be a big "change," in that more and more people will end up using both Vista and Leopard on a daily basis this new year. They'll have to, given that more and more computers will be sold with one of these systems. Windows users might still be able to buy computers with Windows XP, but users of new Macs have only Leopard as an option. My sense is that once the "service pack" for Vista is released, and should no major flaws appear, users will flock to Vista.

The major applications will remain stable this new year, with the exception of Microsoft's Office for Mac, which will appear in a new version two weeks from today. Adobe Systems, Inc., revised its apps last year, although a new consumer product or two will likely bow in 2008. Quicken's home and small-business applications will undergo their annual new releases in the fall. But that's about it, given that Microsoft's Office 2007 was the much-anticipated arrival of the past year.

There are niche markets where there may well be spectacular advances in software during 2008, but I'd be surprised if any of the major categories show much. The only possible exception is the "Software-as-a-Service," or "SaaS" , category that puts applications on the Web and on mobile devices. A lot seems to be happening here, with companies such as Google and Microsoft each promoting their online offerings.

In terms of hardware, I wonder if 2008 will not be the year of the Tablet PC, at least in some circles. Tablets that are thin, light and powerful are now in vogue, and their capabilities and price-points are reasonable enough for many to consider.

One thing is certain: the 2008 U.S. Presidential elections will see all sorts of technology being used to get out, cast and count the votes. I don't know if our next President will be a digital whiz as New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is, but it'll be interesting to watch.

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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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