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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

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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 Feb. 23, 2007 / 5 Adar, 5767

Note taking for Windows, updated

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In the early days of PC computing, there were all sorts of little programs that made life easier. One of the more interesting was Borland Software's Sidekick, which, over several iterations, let people keep vital information at hand on their computers. Press a keystroke or two and, presto, the data was there. I had a work colleague in the early 1990s that could not be separated from his copy of the software.


Well, Sidekick is long gone; many of its functions replaced by other features in Microsoft's Windows and/or other products such as Outlook. Sic transit gloria, as they say.


Still, it would be nice to have some pop-up features now and then, Such as, well, a way to take notes on the fly, and then use that information at another time. You can do this in a word processor, just open a new window. And there is a "notes" feature in Outlook, but, then, you must have Outlook running, switch into the program, call up a new note and then enter your text. That's a lot of steps, and for many, simpler is better, much better.


In their spare moments, some programmers at Logos Research Systems in Bellingham, Wash., came up with just such a program. It's called NoteScraps,the price is $20, and it's available for users of Windows XP and Windows Vista. You can use the software in "trial" mode, though that's limited to 10 such notes.


I don't have Vista on a PC, yet, so I had to make sure that Microsoft's ".NET" computing framework was installed first. Doing that took about 10 minutes; then the download and install of NoteScraps. So far, so good.


The notes are, well, the electronic version of sticky notes which dot many of our desks, computers and even our paper day planners. Typing on them is simple and easy, and each note "shrinks" in the program's window as you add more. The text is always available and can be selected, highlighted, and copied into a Microsoft Word document, or another application.


It's kind of a toss-up between using existing tools and something such as NoteScraps, whose demo video boasts, "there's no menus, just your notes." And that's true, there are simple commands to create and search a note, and all notes, date and time stamped, are kept in one file on the PC, easy to find and export as needed. Overall, however, not having to take many steps into Outlook's notes feature is an advantage.


Will NoteScraps be the great deliverance for PC users? I don't know, but there is a parallel product in the Macintosh world which might give a clue. The Mac OS X operating system has long boasted its own "Notes" program, which many Mac devotees swear by as incredibly useful and reliable. That should offer some hope to NoteScrap's developers: they might well be onto something.


Just one glitch, so far: for some odd reason, the registration code sent to me didn't "take" when pasted into the "unlock" section of the program. I'll keep trying, though, since once unlocked the program seems capable of an unlimited number of notes, which is certainly a good thing. You can find more about it at www.notescraps.com. If you're a Windows XP or Windows Vista user, I'd certainly recommend your checking it out.


A VITAL VISTA GUIDE ... David Pogue, a renaissance man if the computer business has ever produced one, has authored what may be the definitive guide to Microsoft's new operating system: "Windows Vista, The Missing Manual," $34.99 from O'Reilly Books, www.oreilly.com.


Mr. Pogue's writing is clear and clever, and his ability to make tough subjects easy evokes envy. If you're trying to make sense of Windows Vista, you need this book. It's that simple.

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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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