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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 April 2, 2009 / 9 Nisan 5769

Apple's new Mac mini a good, basic box

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Steve Ballmer, erstwhile CEO of Microsoft, dropped a little rain on Apple Inc.'s parade a few days ago. Speaking at McGraw-Hill's Media Summit in New York City, Mr. Ballmer opined that Apple was charging an excessive premium for its notebooks: "Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment — same piece of hardware — paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be," is how Computerworld's Seth Weintraub quoted Mr. Ballmer.


Comes now the latest revision of Apple's Mac mini, starting at $599, to partly challenge that notion. The Mini is a barebones desktop computer, a small box, half-a-cube in appearance, which encourages users to "bring your own" keyboard, monitor and mouse. Apple will sell each of those items, if you desire, but the idea is to get "switchers" to shuffle the PC off to recycling and replace it with Apple's hardware and the Mac operating system, or OS.


And it's the OS where both Microsoft and Apple are focused, make no mistake. If the Jesuit's claim is true: "Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man," then there's probably a tech corollary. Give someone enough time with an operating system and they're a customer for life. Or at least that's the hope.


The Mini is an Intel-based hardware box that runs the Mac OS X, and does so quite nicely. It's compact, as noted; it's compatible with all sorts of displays, and it plays well with assorted printers and peripherals. It's a good, basic computer, and I can recommend it highly in this regard, both for home users and even in some business applications.


Setup is a breeze: take the unit out of the box, plug in the external power pack, connect the monitor using a supplied adapter, connect the keyboard and mouse, press the power switch and go.


The operating system setup is very quick and easy, and I found it a breeze to transfer data and settings from another Mac to use here. Within a very short period of time, I was ready to go and worked as seamlessly on the Mac mini as I did on my regular notebook.


The computer now ships with 2 Gigabytes of RAM as standard, and that's a very good thing. Also standard is a "SuperDrive" optical drive capable of reading and writing DVD discs as well as CDs, and that's another plus. The DVD media lets you store more data on a single disc, making it good for backing up, say, a digital music library or a small photo gallery.


My test unit came with a 320 Gbyte hard disc drive, more than double the 120 Gbytes of the base model. That ups the price to $799, and might be worth it for those who do a lot of work in design or photos or even (short) film editing and want the extra storage. For some users, the 120 Gbyte model should be fine. I do wish the "premium" for the larger-storage version were a bit less, however.


In operation, the Mini is exceptionally quiet, since keeping the power pack separate eliminates the need for a noisy fan. Its performance is fast, both from the dual-core Intel processor and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics, the latter having been amped up for this version. Cut down is power consumption: Apple claims the Mini uses 45-percent less electricity than the previous model, making is a very green computer.


My only performance hiccup was in terms of networking: the Mini didn't like my office's Ethernet network cable. It would "talk," via Ethernet, from its port to my MacBook Pro, but not over the wired local-area network. Fortunately, we also have a Wi-Fi network here, and the Mini had no problems communicating that way. I could even access network storage drives and files wirelessly.


If you don't have to tote your computer around, and want to save a fair amount of cash, the Mac mini is a good way to start. Mr. Ballmer might not like it, but you'll get an OS, and a computer, that won't give you some of the pains Windows has presented over the years.

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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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