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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 6, 2009 / 10 Adar 5769

Beta Safari 4.0 Browser Shows Promise

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Internet Web browsers, we have seen lately, generate a lot of heat. Oslo, Norway-based Opera Software is seeking the help of the European Commission in forcing Microsoft Corp. to distribute its Windows operating system with more browsers than Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Google, whose Chrome browser is a more recent contender in the marketplace, last week said it would join the Mozilla Foundation, which is behind the Firefox Web browser, in offering its expertise to the EC in building a case against Microsoft.


Other browsers, however, shed light as much as they do heat: that's the case with Apple Inc.'s Safari Web browser, whose Beta 4 version, for Mac and Windows computers, was released for public testing Feb. 24. In less than a day, I "fell" for Safari again.


It had me at "hello," to borrow a phrase. Actually, it had me at "Welcome," the very nice opening animation which plays - with music on Macs -- when the browser is first launched (see it at www.apple.com/safari/welcome). The greeting segues into a "Top Sites" screen display of your 12 most-visited Web sites, at least when Safari 4 is installed on top of older Safari versions, where there's a browser history to glom onto. On computers lacking a previous install, a representation of popular sites is displayed, with the promise that Safari will "learn" your favorites along the way.


But ambiance isn't at the heart of Web browsing; usability and speed are. Safari 4, in my early testing, fulfills on these goals. It's usability is quite good: I could work with my usual daily Web sites and even the more esoteric ones such as Adobe Corp.'s "Buzzword" online word processor, although I had to bypass a "caution" warning from Adobe to do so.


Since I could go to my usual sites, I could work easily and quickly. Pages seem to load very quickly, and even with multiple windows open, things refreshed and loaded with ease. It seems basic, but these functions are important: without quick and reliable operation, a browser isn't worth all that much.


Along with the "Top Sites" view, available with one click on a browser window's toolbar, there's also an implementation of "cover flow," the Apple-created system that lets you "flip" through images of, in this case, previously browsed Web sites. Now, this does take some time to load, even on a high-speed connection and even with a relatively fast computer. There's only so much RAM available, after all, and only so much bandwidth. My testing showed that not every page can be "cached," and thus redisplayed; this was, understandably, the case often with pages from sites where signing in was necessary, such as a corporate e-mail system. And, other pages would display, but with newer data. Overall, this is an interesting feature, although its promise is perhaps not always evident.


A more useful feature, at the start at least, is a revised "zoom," which enlarges the entire page, rather than just the lettering. Those of us whose eyes squint and strain at some Web sites, however, appreciate such accommodation, especially when the zoom is smooth and displays the larger size easily.


Why does all this matter? As mentioned here before, the Web is becoming the gateway to much, much more, than just static information: when, on February 24, a late-afternoon traffic accident in Silver Spring, Maryland, threatened the evening commute of many, including this writer. I turned to the Web for information, and found it at the Web site of WTOP-FM. With a quick install of the Microsoft "Silverlight" plugin, I could listen live to the radio station and stay updated on traffic conditions.


Clearly this is one of many areas where the Web is heading, and having a good browser is essential. Safari 4, in "public Beta" for now, might well be that essential people for many people. Having worked with both Windows and Mac versions, I can say this is an impressive program worth checking out.

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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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