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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 May 6, 2005 / 27 Nissan, 5765

Mac OS X: Buy that tiger?

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | An informal and unscientific survey of two Mac users spotted Sunday evening at the Tenleytown (Washington, DC) branch of Starbucks showed that neither had upgraded to the just-released Mac OS X, called "Tiger."

Whether that's an omen or an oddity is something to be discovered by Apple's marketing department in the coming weeks. The new release of the Mac operating system, didn't inspire the kind of waiting-in-line-at-midnight mania of earlier premieres, perhaps in part because "launch" was at 6 p.m.

But the $129 (list; $95 with rebate at amazon.com) Tiger has a few things worth the price and time and trouble of upgrading. Among the 200-odd improvements, my top favorite is the "Spotlight" search feature, which will find just about anything on your hard drive, except for e-mails in Microsoft Entourage. (It'll search through all levels of Apple's Mail.app e-mail client, which, in turn, can import your Entourage messages, however.) Spotlight will even search within PDF files, highlighting desired words.

In short, this is the kind of "desktop search" we've been promised in the next version of Microsoft Windows (code-name "Longhorn" and available, we're told, next year) and which can be had with third-party applications from Google and Yahoo (PCs) and Blinkx (stet) for Macs and PCs. But Spotlight doesn't take much overhead, isn't obtrusive, and works very, very nicely. I'm impressed, and you might be as well.

Equally impressive, to this reviewer, are the improvements in Mail.app and the Safari Web browser. Safari now features an optional "private browsing" mode that won't keep a history of where you visit or a "cache" of pages viewed. The browser can also read Real Simple Syndication (stet) or RSS "feeds," such as those made available by The Washington Times, letting you check what's new on a given Web site easily and without effort. Safari, overall, is much better as a Web browser now, and is a worthy competitor to Firefox, while leaving the Mac version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer back in the Dark Ages.

Mail.app is much improved, too, with the slide out "mailbox" drawer now a permanent part of the left side of the application window. HTML is the default e-mail composing language; e-mail "signatures" can now be applied to specific e-mail accounts. And, the Spotlight search features work within Mail.app.

There's some "eye candy" in the form of Dashboard, which takes the "widget" program Konfabulator (stet) and internalizes the concept (but not the Konfabulator application) in the operating system. The widgets in Dashboard will look up entries in your address book, check the weather, time and traffic and link to a dictionary or thesaurus, among other neat tricks. Though this feature was available before in Konfabulator (which has dozens more widgets than are currently available for Dashboard), its addition to the operating system will please and excite many.

And if you have an iSight (stet) video camera and a fast enough Mac and broadband connection, your online video chats will look more like a network TV news show (think "Nightline") than a herky-jerky public access effort. That's because the iChat AV (stet) application now supports the H.264 video compression standard, but, again, you'll need some horsepower to make it work.

You'll also need some horsepower to install Tiger: A DVD disc is supplied in the box; CD-ROMs can be ordered separately. While Apple claims 256 Mbytes of RAM is needed, I'd suggest at least 512 Mbytes (as I have for a long time) and 1 Gbyte if possible.

Get ready to set aside about 30 minutes for installation and between two and four hours for the first "indexing" of your hard drive by Spotlight. But after that "pain," Tiger is pleasurable and, for my money, worth the upgrade. Details at http://www.apple.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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