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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 Feb. 6, 2009 / 12 Shevat 5769

Microsoft's Window to the Future

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The pending arrival - summer, perhaps? - of the Windows 7 operating system should generate a sigh of relief from millions of computer users. Right after we all figure out how much this is going to cost us.


Money aside, a "new" new Windows is kind of necessary: call it a "Vista Recovery Plan," if you will, after the two-year-old Windows Vista, possibly the least-popular OS after the ill-starred Microsoft Bob. Vista, like the late Rodney Dangerfield, couldn't get any respect at all. Vista is big (some would say bloated) and kludgy: sometimes it would run happily, other times it would balk. The bells and whistles didn't always work as advertised, or as desired.


Win7, as I'll call it here, deserves a lot more respect. I've tested the public Beta release (www.windows.com/windows7) in two different configurations: an Apple, Inc., iMac running VMWare's Fusion 2.10, and a Dell Vostro 1510. In both "emulation," on the iMac, and "native," on the Dell, installation was swift and operation was smooth.


Some caveats up front: this is Beta software, and, as the saying goes, "there's many a slip twixt the cup and the lip." Microsoft could "freeze" the feature set in this Beta, or someone could come in and muck it all up. That's doubtful - one more OS failure and Microsoft would have a world of hurt to confront - but it is possible. The other caveat, my installs were either "fresh," on "clean" computers (the iMac had no previous version of Windows) or on a machine running Vista. Those currently running Windows XP, the OS that came before Vista, may face upgrading issues, according to media reports.


Caution aside, Win7 is a delight to work with. Once installed, it loads quickly and well, and - so far - I've not been able to crash it. The screen display is nice, almost Mac-like, and switching applications and the like is easy. There's a "taskbar" at the bottom, which closely resembles the Mac OS X "dock." You can see a preview of an open application's screen, even in full-size if desired. The "jump list" on the Windows menu has a way to show the latest files you've worked on: right-click on an application's icon and the file list pops up.


You can cut and paste between windows, and resize windows, on the fly. On a touch-sensitive PC, you can do more with your hands to manipulate the OS and the data on screen. On regular PCs, everything, it seems, works faster and with fewer hiccups.


In testing Win7, I've used the OpenOffice.org applications suite, and the installed-with-Win7 version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8, or IE8, as it's known. On the OpenOffice side, I've got no complaints: word processing, my main task (and probably yours), ran without a hitch. That's to be expected, of course, but it's nice to see it play out with a new operating system.


IE8 seems to hold a fair amount of promise as a Web browser, but I'll confess that it's been a long, long time since I've used any IE as my day-to-day Web client; I prefer Google's Chrome or Mozilla's Firefox on Windows. Using it was not too much of a chore, however, and I can imagine that most die-hard IE fans will enjoy its operation. When downloading files, it seems to work well and you can overcome the default "don't download this" without too much hassle.


In the "idiosyncratic" applications category, Win7 seems to play well with e-Sword (www.e-sword.net), a free Bible software program for Windows users that is very well worth having. Again, downloads and installs of the program and various add-on components was smooth and successful.


If things hold as they are now, Win7 will be a great boon to users. How much we'll for that boon - in dollars, hardware and hard disc real estate - has yet to be seen.

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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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