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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 23, 2007 / 4 Nissan, 5767

The $83-an-ounce PC

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | At $1,999, the $83-per-ounce price of the FlipStart PC is less than the $95-per-ounce you'd expect to pay for Beluga caviar in a good gourmet store. But it may be more than just the price that's hard to swallow.


The just-larger-than-palm sized Windows PC, created by a company owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, is either the first wave of truly transportable devices, or it's a flip-up BlackBerry with a thyroid problem. I'm not entirely sure which will hold true.


In concept, the FlipStart, with a 1.1 Ghz Intel processor, a 30 Gigabyte hard disc drive and 512 Mbytes of RAM, is a great idea. You get a lot of performance in a tiny package, one which can slip in your briefcase or purse. There's a built-in wireless broadband capability (FlipStart can't name the carrier right now) which delivers good online connectivity, there's a very-necessary Bluetooth connection, and you can plug in headphones with a microphone that'll let you use Skype or other online calling services. A small "InfoPane" alerts you to Microsoft Outlook e-mails when the lid is closed.


As I said, a great concept. In operation, there are hiccups, some of which may be unavoidable.


First is the 5.6-inch (diagonal) screen. In a tiny device the screen must be small, but remember, it's Microsoft Windows, or even Windows Vista, you're displaying here, and not a mobile OS. The screen gets very crowded, very quickly. Web browsing comes short of melting one's eyes. There is a "zoom" button on the keyboard that magnifies a section of a screen for easier viewing, but the novelty wears off quickly.


If you're a BlackBerry addict who is accustomed to typing with your thumbs, the built-in keyboard might work for you. Regular readers know I claim "ham handed" status; using this keyboard was a challenge. The $150 Stowaway Bluetooth wireless keyboard from iGo seems like a necessary option.


The FlipStart's mousing options are nice: a touchpad and a micro-joystick and two click buttons. I could live with the touchpad, but if one were going for the wireless keyboard, an extra $80 for the Stowaway wireless mouse might not be a bad move.


I should note there is an optional miniature docking station which allows great connectivity to local-area networks, external monitors and USB devices, and it's very good.


Of course, adding the external keyboard/mouse combo defeats a prime purpose of the device, that of having everything in one small package, good to go. Those who can adjust will perhaps endure the challenges. Those who must get work done regardless may feel differently, however.


Performance-wise, the FlipStart is an excellent PC, running Windows XP well and including a few features, such as the screen zooming, which are pleasant enough. However, performance doesn't exist in a vacuum; we don't buy PCs, most of us, to run benchmark tests and call it a day. The idea behind the FlipStart is to let you do work, and I wonder how it this PC can work better.


Some kind of fold-out keyboard, perhaps, even if it increases the bulk just a bit. Screen magnification remains a problem, because 5.6 inches may be too small for those who actively remember, say, Richard Nixon's first inaugural. Maybe if they had some of those video goggles that simulate a large screen that can plug in to the machine. Oops, there's that bulking-up thing again.


"Is a puzzlement," as Yul Brynner would say. The FlipStart, which ships formally next week, is a great idea, but also potentially a great challenge for users. Details at www.flipstart.com.

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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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