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December 2, 2014

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 7, 2008 / 30 Adar I 5768

More Small Wonders

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The parade of small technological wonders, be they hardware, software, or accessories, continues apace.


Hewlett Packard's recent release of the HP Officejet H470 adds another option to road warriors, although probably more for those driving from place to place, or perhaps taking Amtrak. The printer, which lists for $249 with a $25 rebate through March 31, weighs 4.6 pounds, which is a fair amount for the air traveler.


That said, there are times when you need printing on the road, and the H470 would appear to be the best option if you want, or need, to duplicate the quality of a regular color inkjet printer. I've seen other portable printers that are tiny, but these rely on thermal printing, which requires special paper and thus added expense. To my way of thinking, the inkjet has proven itself, and in this case, HP has miniaturized it quite nicely.


Setup for the H470 was relatively straightforward: unpack the unit, connect via the supplied USB cable, and load the software onto my computer, in this case an Apple iMac. HP supplied both optional $40 Bluetooth and $80 Wi-Fi modules for wireless connectivity with a computer, which can be handy on the road. Snap in the ink cartridges, load some paper, and you're ready.


Print quality is equal to the HP 6940 printer that sits on my desk at work. If I were on the road and had to run off something in a hurry, I wouldn't be concerned using this device. If you need quality printing while on the road, the H470 is a very good choice; information at www.hp.com.


When a friend first saw the $199 (list) SimpleTech Marshmallow Mini USB portable - and, yes, it has the word "marshmallow" in its name, she thought it was a computer mouse of some stripe. This 250 Gigabyte hard disk drive isn't really as small as a mouse, but its sleek lines, courtesy of Italian designer Pininfarina, make it look super cool.


Coolness, of course, isn't enough to make a good backup drive. The Marshmallow Mini achieves its goodness because not only is it small, but in part because it draws its power from a USB port or two on a given computer. If the unit doesn't get enough "juice" from one port, a supplied "Y" cable will connect to a second USB for power. That means no separate adapter is necessary, and that's great when doing backups on the road.


Not every computer will need the "Y" cable; Apple's new MacBook Air gave enough power through its sole USB port to run the drive. SimpleTech offers backup software called "Fabrik," which can also tie into an online storage of the same name. In moving files between computers, I found the Marshmallow Mini to be a great little product well worth the cost. I wouldn't dream of going anywhere without a way to backup my hard drive and now, with this product, I don't have to. Details can be found at http://www.fabrik.com/; the drives are also sold by a variety of online retailers.


Crumpler is a company whose laptop bags, knapsacks and other items have caught on in a number of places. The firm sent along their "Tony Blair Special," a laptop bag designed to note the recent retirement of the British Prime Minister; his image is on the bag's inside liner. Go figure.


What does figure is that the bag, though a tad pricey at $80, is a great way to tote around a small portable computer, 13 to 15 inches, and accessories. Its blue-and-orange cover will stand out in a crowd, and the padding is more than adequate. I'm thinking of another Crumpler for my 17-inch notebook. Info at www.crumplerbags.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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