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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 January 9, 2009 / 13 Teves 5769

Facing New Year with Resolve

By Mark Kellner

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Email this article | It's still early enough - isn't it? - to offer some computing resolutions for the new year? Here goes:

1) I'm going to make backup effortless and automatic. You've heard that song before, but it's now possible to do on Windows and Mac platforms, as well as Linux, I'm told. Mac is easiest with Time Machine, but Windows isn't far behind, particularly in Vista. On one of the Linux pages at (, I counted nearly 20 solutions.

Regardless of how you do it, your data is just too important (to you at least) to leave it unprotected. I can't say that often enough.

2) I'm going to keep an eagle eye on my identity. This isn't narcissism; it's just common sense. Having been a near-victim (so far) of a "phishing" scam last year, I want to make sure things are clean. That means being careful with ALL e-mail requests for any information/confirmation of my online accounts, banking and what-have-you. is perhaps the industry leader in ID-theft protection; they stepped up to help when I was attacked., the eponymous Web site of the famed consumer magazine, offers a bunch of tips on protecting your identity, many at little or no cost. You can find the report at, but an advantage of a service such as LifeLock is that they do the work for you.

3) I'm going to keep my software up-to-date, on all my machines. This one is also often a somewhat-automated task: computer makers and applications software publishers (Microsoft and Adobe being among the better ones in the latter category) are providing ways to automatically check for updates on a regular basis. The patches or upgrades download and install quickly via broadband, and you're good to go.

Keeping software up to date - especially Web applications such as browsers and e-mail clients - is another good way to avoid hackers, "phishers" and other nefarious types. It might also save your data from loss if the patch fixes an important flaw.

4) I'm going to learn more about creating better Web pages. My personal Web site, address omitted to avoid further embarrassment, needs refreshing, but 2008 sped right by without a chance for me to do the work. That'll change next year, I hope.

I've had fun with iWeb, the Apple Inc. application for Web page design, but I'm planning to return to RapidWeaver ( and see how the 2008-released version 4 has improved. RapidWeaver has a very loyal fan base, and it's also an easy to learn and easy to use program.

Of course, Adobe's Dreamweaver is perhaps the industry standard - on Macs and Windows PCs - for professional Web design, and it, too, has had a new version appear in 2008. Dreamweaver's user base is huge, and deservedly so; you can find information about the program at

5) I'm also going to do more with my photography this year. There's more than enough software available - Adobe's Photoshop Elements, for Windows and Mac; Apple's iPhoto, to name just two - that it should be easy and possible to do a lot in terms of enlargements for my office, calendars for friends, or who knows what else?

In my view, a key feature of digital photography is being able to easily share it. Whether it's Google's Picasa or Yahoo's Flickr or Apple's MobileMe service, you can upload and share photos with everyone, or just those you choose, in a flash. Facebook can only enhance your photo distribution. It's fun, it's fast and a great way to keep in touch in this mobile, in-motion world.

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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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