In this issue

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 March 9, 2007 / 19 Adar, 5767

Found: A (Very Nearly) Perfect Desktop Computer

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's only taken 25 years or thereabouts, from the moment my first computer, a Sanyo MBC-1000, arrived, but I believe my search for the "perfect" desktop computer is over.

The device sports a massive 24-inch LCD display, big enough to make watching a video of the NBC-TV series "Law & Order" enjoyable. There's 2 Gigabytes of memory installed, along with a 500 Gigabyte hard disk drive, and a drive which will read and write DVD and CD discs. The sound quality of the built-in speakers is astonishingly good. This computer will run any of at least three operating systems, although its native OS is plenty suitable as is. Oh, and did I mention the built-in video camera and microphone, which makes this computer great for video chats?

By now, savvy readers will have figured it out: this is an Intel-based Apple iMac . The 24-inch model starts at $1999 retail, although the additions made to my test unit boost the retail price by $799, to a total of $2748. At that price, this mother-of-all-iMacs is a hefty unit in the price department, but, frankly, you get what you pay for.

And what you get in this case is a sleek-looking, super-capable computer, which does just about everything you'd want from a powerful system, and does it well and quickly.

There have been large-screen iMacs before, so what elements make this model my very-nearly-perfect choice? The 2.33 Gigahertz Intel Core 2 Duo processor is one. Intel CPUs, after all, have long run Microsoft's Windows operating system, and also run several flavors of the "open" operating system Linux. That means this computer could run those systems in place of the Mac OS, or flip between Windows and Mac OS X using Apple's Boot Camp. They can also run either or both in tandem with the Mac OS (system memory willing), using Parallels Desktop software, reviewed here last year.

Another is the super-large screen. I've said it before: the bigger the screen, the better, at least for this user. As we boomers age, having a screen that can display type in super-large sizes isn't a bad thing. For others, having a screen that offers plenty of "real estate" for displaying and working with photos, audio or video clips, or graphic design items, is also a plus. Heck, if Apple came up with a 30-inch iMac, they'd probably find more than a few takers.

Third is the greater capacity this computer has for both RAM and hard disc storage. You can go up to 3 Gbytes of RAM on this machine; the 2 Gbytes installed in this unit make for much faster work and Web browsing. A 500 Gbyte hard disc is tremendous, and you can go up to 750 Gbytes, enough to hold 90,000 copies of the King James version of the Bible, if my math is correct. That's a lot of storage for most of us, including moms and dads who want to track a child's life in HD Video.

Fourth would be Apple's decided edge in multimedia. I bought that "Law & Order" episode on Apple's iTunes Store, price $1.99, and the playback on the iMac was great. Once the firm's iTV device arrives, then such content can stream wirelessly from a Mac to another TV anywhere in the house. Doing these things with a PC is possible, but more complicated and chancy.

Yes, $2,748 is a lot to pay for a desktop computer. Yes, one can "get by" with less expensive models; even iMacs are available for $999 in a 17-inch model. For those who need, or just want, something that'll look good and work great for a good long while, however, it's going to be tough to beat this 24-inch wonder - or even to come close.

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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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