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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 May 13, 2005 / 4 Iyar, 5765

A Better Way to Learn Computer Tech?

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Do you "live" inside your e-mail program as much as I do? Whether it's work colleagues, family, friends — whatever — I'm spending as much time, if not more, in e-mail conversations as I do on the phone.

But learning about e-mail clients can be frustrating. They're often neglected in computer books: one "comprehensive" guide to an operating system devoted all of three pages to the OS's built-in e-mail client, and three pages isn't exactly "deep."

So a visit to Barnes & Noble yielded a pleasant surprise, "Take Control of Apple Mail," written by Joe Kissell, published by Peachpit Press of Berkeley, Calif., and edited by two old Mac hands: Adam and Tonya Engst, experts who each have years, if not eons, of Mac experience and knowledge, editing the famed TidBITS (stet) e-mail newsletter and Web-zine (http://www.tidbits.com).

Even though the book only covers the just-before-Mac OS X Tiger version of Mail, I didn't hesitate in buying the book. Not only did I guess, correctly, that Mr. Kissell would give plenty of tips usable in the Tiger-only 2.0 version of Apple Mail, but the red-letter words in the upper right of the cover clinched the deal: "free updates," they read, and thereby hangs a tale.

The Engsts and their "co-conspirators" at Peachpit surmise that not everyone has the time to go through an 800-page super-book about a computer topic, and have designed these "Take Control" volumes to be slim ("Apple Mail" is 142 pages, including index) and to the point. What's more, you can buy them as e-books or in print, with the promised "free updates" a part of the deal. The e-book files are in the portable document format, or PDF, readable on just about any computer these days.

What do you get for $16.99? In the case of "Take Control of Apple Mail," you get a crash course, in relatively plain English, in the different kinds of e-mail accounts out there, such as POP (stet), IMAP and Microsoft Exchange. You learn how to set up the Apple Mail software to receive mail from these different kinds of accounts, as well as how to send via them. Early on, Mr. Kissell, a former software development manager and prolific computer book writer, helps readers troubleshoot sending and receiving problems, as well as other issues associated with e-mail, such as how to better and more quickly address messages, and even how to read e-mail more quickly.

The second half of the book — a separate e-book if you buy the pieces online — deals with the not-so-wonderful world of spam e-mail, and how to get away from it, or more precisely, how to keep it away from you. Spam is tough enough that many of us can use some help in fighting it, and Mr. Kissell offers his own, somewhat iconoclastic take on the subject. He thoroughly analyzes strategies, software and services aimed at stamping out spam, and is unsparing in his opinions. Both of these are good things, I believe: readers who need this kind of help will appreciate more information, and not less.

But the best thing of all with these "Take Control" books is the updates, and the ability that the publishers have to release these quickly. "Take Control of Upgrading to Tiger," another title written by Mr. Kissell, debuted on April 29, same day as the Tiger launch. That's rather cool, as were the updates to the Apple Mail book, which I downloaded shortly after getting the print volume home.

For now, the series is limited to Mac hardware and software, even though Windows users could arguably be in greater need of such help. Information, and free sample chapters, are online at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/. If you need Mac help in a hurry, this is one of the best ways to go.

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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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