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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. 19, 2010 / 5 Adar, 5770

Windows Projection System Falls Short

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | BestBuy has a very good idea: sell specially built notebook computers and accessories at a reasonable price, and the customer should be quite happy. Last month, the firm bowed three new laptops, one each from Dell, Sony and Toshiba, each equipped with Intel Corp.'s new Core i5 (c.q.) processor, 4 Gbytes of RAM and a 500 Gbyte hard drive. With a 14.1-inch display, the Toshiba is midway between the 13.3-inch display on the Sony portable and the 15.6-inch display of the Dell. It's also the lowest priced model, with a current package price of $899.


The "package," it should be noted, includes the computer, an anti-virus software package, and a Netgear Push2TV Adapter. This latter will connect to your television set, preferably a flat-panel, HD set, and transmit the content on your screen to the larger display, thanks to the Intel Wireless Display technology incorporated in the new machines. (Ostensibly, it will also pull content from other computers on your home network, but I was unable to accomplish this during my testing.)


I'm guessing the idea is to somewhat mirror the concept of Apple TV, the combo media device and hard drive that also connects to a home computer network (wired or wireless) as well as to Apple's iTunes service for online rental and purchase of TV shows and movies. I say somewhat mirror because the Intel/Netgear combo doesn't offer an outside source for media; perhaps one can play iTunes or Amazon.com or Netflix downloads/rentals using this. Along with movies, the idea is also, apparently, to be able to show off slide shows and home videos on the big screen.


However, before one even gets to that point, one has to have the proper equipment - so far, one of the three Blue Label notebooks being sold by BestBuy, such as the Toshiba Satellite E205 - and the Netgear adapter.

Letter from JWR publisher


I like the Toshiba notebook a lot. It certainly has most of the features a user would want; the 14.1-inch display is good; the 5-pound weight is easy on the shoulder when traveling. I like the LED-backlit keyboard, which makes typing easier in low light conditions, as well as "sleep and charge," which lets users charge USB-connected devices even when the computer is asleep. One quibble: the touch-sensitive volume controls, easily found when typing, might be a little less sensitive, avoiding a sudden turn-on of the speakers when you want things quiet.


I'm less thrilled with the Netgear adapter and the underlying Intel Wireless Display technology. I guess it's OK for slideshows, but if you think a 42-inch LCD TV will suddenly become the jumbo-sized PC display of your dreams, think again. Text display isn't all that great using the wireless setup, and, according to a Netgear spokeswoman, the adapter's product manager says, "Push2TV is aimed at people who will use it primarily for watching film and video, music, Skype chats, Google Earth - not for reading text. The trials have shown that people tend to 'browse locally, view remotely,' meaning they'll use their laptop to go to sites, read, select the video or photos they want to watch, and when they're ready, they send it to Push2TV to see it on the big screen."


Back here on planet Earth, I would like to have both the big picture and my text, thank you very much. This strikes me as a little more complicated than it needs to be.


The same can be said for the actual operation of the device. The Push2TV adapter has a power switch (Apple TV's power is "always on," by contrast.) and places it in the rear of the device. So, once I put the adapter in my TV cabinet, I have to jump up, reach high and fumble around the BACK of the unit to power it. Not a good idea, in my view.


Bottom line: shop BestBuy and buy the Toshiba laptop package. Just leave the Netgear item on the side, unless you enjoy that sort of thing.

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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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