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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 March 14, 2008 / 7 Adar II 5768

Yes, It's Really Thin and Really Light!

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Let's concede the first and most important point: the $1,799 MacBook Air from Apple, Inc., is really thin and really light. At its thickest, the computer is 0.76 inches tall, slimming down to an amazing 0.16 inches at its thinnest. It weighs only 3 pounds, and that's less than half the heft of the 17-inch MacBook Pro that's in my office.


If you travel frequently, or if you have any care for your shoulders and back, the MacBook Air is as close to a must-have as any computer can be. The incredible lightness of this computer's being is so alluring that not even the strongest of restraints could keep that ultimate road warrior, Odysseus, from its clutches.


This was most plainly evident when I wandered the halls of a convention in Nashville, Tennesse, toting the MacBook Air in a briefcase. The computer itself was almost negligible in terms of its presence: I didn't really feel it in the bag. Yet, when I needed to check e-mail or do some writing, the power of the MacBook Air was there, ready to respond in an instant.


As you might imagine, there are tradeoffs for any "downsizing" of a notebook computer, and the MacBook Air, announced in January, is no exception. Most obvious among the "omissions" is the lack of an optical drive: you can get an external one for $99 extra. The built-in speaker is mono; if you want to have stereo sound, headphones are required. You can connect the computer to an Ethernet network, but it'll require a $29 adapter and the "sacrifice" of the computer's one and only USB port. The battery is not user-accessible; Apple stores can replace a worn-out battery for you. There's no express card slot for add-ins such as a broadband wireless card.


Those are the negatives, if you elect to view them as such. On the plus side, the MacBook Air's built-in 802.11n wireless networking, the top level of Wi-Fi at present, is available, as is the latest version of Bluetooth. At my hotel, the Wi-Fi worked quite well; at the trade show, I used a Sierra Wireless broadband adapter and AT&T's 3G data network with good results, even deep within the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center.


In operation, the MacBook Air performs as well as any portable Mac I've used. It comes with 2 Gigabytes of RAM; no more can be added. The $1,799 model ships with an 80 Gbyte hard disk drive. Add $1,299 to the price tag and you get a MacBook Air with a "solid state," or flash-memory chip, 64 Gbyte hard drive, the advantage being no moving parts in the hard drive.


The 13.3-inch (diagonal measure) LCD display is quite nice, as is the full-sized, backlit keyboard. The MacBook Air's trackpad incorporates new technology that lets users employ "pinch," "swipe," and "rotate" gestures to perform various tasks. It takes a bit of learning, but the end result is rather pleasant.


The lack of an optical drive made things a bit challenging at the start of my evaluation. Apple has revised its "Migration Assistant" program to handle transfers from an old Mac to a new one via Wi-Fi, but I wasn't thrilled with the estimate of a 19-hour transfer process. Instead, I opted to use a Time Machine backup of my old system and restore those files to the new unit. All went well, I'm happy to say. Apple later told me users could create an ad hoc Ethernet link for such transfers.


I'm jazzed about the MacBook Air, but will do some more testing of its newer features, such as the one that lets you use another computer's optical drive, via Wi-Fi, as your own. The results, and more analysis, will appear here shortly.

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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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