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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 April 13, 2007 / 25 Nissan, 5767

Small Wonders

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's not always the "big" thing in technology - large keyboards, even larger displays — that's worth discussion. Sometimes, it's the small items which can be very useful.


For example, take the Nokia 5300 Xpress Music phone. It's $99 via T-Mobile, and it's a neat little item.


The phone pairs a slide-open design with dedicated music keys, a bright 2-inch color screen and a built-in 1.3 megapixel camera. With its included 1 GB MicroSD card, this device can store up to 750 songs in what's called the eAAC+ format, or 240 songs in copy-protected WMA format. The device can even play music wirelessly using stereo Bluetooth technology. That means that owners can enjoy the cord-free convenience of wireless headphones, or even stream music wirelessly to their home or car stereo system.


I was sent one of these to test, and it's a rather impressive item. Though small, you don't feel as if you're going to lose the 5300, and it has a nice, substantial feel to it. Phone quality is good, camera quality is excellent, and the music player is a nice bonus, though less attractive to this Apple, Inc., iPod user than it might be to some.


Particularly impressive, by the way, was the ease with which one could enter address book listings of name, phone number, etc. Pairing the address book with the built-in camera, of course, makes creating a visual listing of friends all the easier.


This isn't a high-powered business-type mobile phone, but one may not always need such. The Nokia 5300 Xpress Music phone is a nice little device that does its job well.


GET MOBILE: At a list price of $120, the Microsoft Mobility Pack might have everything a road warrior might need: an external mouse with wireless transmitter, and a clip-on video camera offering 2.0 megapixel video.


I like the mouse, which operates on just one "AA" battery, features a "four-way" scroll button and also has a "magnify" button to help zoom in on a screen. The Web cam also takes still pictures at an interpolated rate of 7.6 megapixels, which isn't too shabby.


My only complaint is actually a statement of reality. These items work under Microsoft's Windows operating system; the mouse might support some Macintosh OS X functions, but probably not all, and I doubt the camera would work seamlessly in the current Mac OS version. Thus, this is great for Windows users, which of course is a primary market for Microsoft hardware.


One other point to consider: many of today's laptops are coming along with built-in cameras, so the Mobility Pack may be better for those which, say, 2006 vintage and earlier machines. The rest of us could just buy the mouse and be happy.


SOFTWARE ON A STICK: If you're rushing to complete your income taxes, check out H&R Block TaxCut Premium Federal + State 2006, $40 and delivered on a Kingston Technology 356 Mbyte USB Flash Drive. Stick the drive in a USB port, double click on the install screen, and you're on your way.


This is such a great idea I wonder why more firms don't do this. The flash drive is tiny, portable, and has storage space to boot. Presumably, one could save a copy of the tax return to the drive, and store the whole thing in a file drawer, although a hard copy duplicate would probably be a good idea. I like the concept, although this product, too, is Windows-only.

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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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