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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

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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

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Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

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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

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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

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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

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The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Feb. 27, 2009 / 3 Adar 5769

Samsung's portable pleaser

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Sometimes you forget things; I know I do. When I sat down with Samsung's P560 portable computer, I'd forgotten how big a 15.4-inch (diagonally measured) display screen could be. It's not as large as a 17-inch notebook, but it's rather impressive in and of itself.

I mention this because the P560, list price $1,349 but available from Amazon.com for about $71 less, comes at a time when the "netbook" is all the rage, eight- or ten-inch screens are what the world needs now, maybe a 13-inch mini-notebook if you want to push it. Who wants to lug around a behemoth at 15.4 or, gasp, 17 inches, if you can avoid it.

Were I trekking around the globe or climbing Everest, I'd go for something small and light. But I'm doing neither most days. Instead, for those seeking a good "desktop replacement" notebook, one you can park in the office most days and take on the road when needed, I think this machine deserves consideration.

The P560 doesn't have the rich sound or over-stuffed multimedia features of some portables: there's no TV tuner here, or BluRay Disc capability here; the sound is adequate, but you'd want headphones to hear the best sound. This is more of a business computer, and here, the P560 does very, very well.

My test unit arrived with Windows Vista, which I've replaced with a Beta copy of Windows 7. There's a conflict between the newer operating system and the supplied McAfee anti-virus software, so I trashed the McAfee programs for testing purposes. If I were to keep this machine, I'd install a non-conflicting anti-virus; McAfee is a good program but has too many annoying "please register this" messages for my taste.

On the productivity side, I installed OpenOffice.org's 3.0 release, and all worked well. Ditto for the Google Chrome Web browser. I foresee few problems with most mainstream applications here, though there might well be some exceptions.

Typing on the computer's keyboard was pleasant - good tactile response, which is important. The touchpad was very good, too, responsive to double-taps in lieu of mouse clicks; there are mouse buttons below the touchpad to boot. The display screen is billed as "1280 x 800 WXGA, 220 nits, Non-glossy with [a] Ambient Light Sensor," which translates to a good viewing experience. Don't know if I'd want to watch "Dances With Wolves" here, but I could, and more importantly, I could watch my work get done without hassle.

The P560 weighs just less than six pounds, making it an agreeable traveling companion. The optical drive features LightScribe technology, which will "burn" a disc label onto one side of the DVD or CD you create on the other. It's a handy feature.

Wireless connections include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. An Ethernet port and built-in dial-up modem are standard items. In short, this is the kind of computer you could take just about anywhere and still be "in business," connected to the rest of the world. It's got the power you'd want, and performance shouldn't be an issue. My non-scientific tests revealed a battery life close to the claimed six hours, and that's a pleasant surprise.

Overall, I'm impressed with the Samsung P560. It's a good computer, a good value, and the company behind it certainly has the resources to offer good support. Should you need one, or a dozen, for your business, it's well worth looking at.

You can find out more about the computer online at http://tinyurl.com/alne26.

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