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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 25, 2007 / 8 Sivan, 5767

Keeping Photos Yours

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The other evening I had a brief chat with someone I admire. We were commiserating over computer problems and he mentioned a hope that some photos that were apparently "lost" on his computer's now-defective hard disc drive might yet be found and restored.


My first thought, which I shared, was that he should get a nice, big external hard drive, connect it to his computer, and make regular backups of critical files, including photos, from now on. I'm as much of an offender in this regard as anyone, maybe more so. But despite my lapses, I know that having a backup drive and doing regular backups - generally made easier by software supplied with the unit or purchased separately - is a smart idea.


For well under $200, you can get this kind of protection. The $189 list-priced Maxtor OneTouch III is an external drive that sells for $159 at NewEgg, one of my favorite online electronics stores (www.newegg.com). The Maxtor drive will hold 500 Gigabytes of data, and happily. It comes with backup software that'll work with a Mac, and uses a USB 2.0 interface which should work with most fairly recent (last two years or so) computers in a "fast" mode; it should also work with older USB 1.0 interfaces.


Another external hard disk drive, the Seagate FreeAgent hard disk is also available in a 500 Gigabyte configuration for $25 less than the Maxtor, again from NewEgg. The Seagate drive also uses the USB 2.0 interface, but doesn't include any special backup software.


Along with hard disc backups, burning a DVD-ROM disc or several isn't a bad idea, either. Most of today's computers are shipped with DVD-writing drives, and users can find blank media for the proper DVD format, either "R" or "RW," just about anywhere, including drug and grocery stores in some places. Use software to create a series of backup DVDs, and make more than one set if you can, storing these in different locations. Should disaster strike, you might be glad for an extra copy somewhere other than ground zero.


It's not a bad idea, either, to use software to create a digital photo album of one stripe or another. I'm a fan of the products made by FlipAlbum, whose digital output resembles, well, a book whose pages you can turn, or flip, to move through the photo gallery. The software exists in versions for Windows PCs as well as the Apple Macintosh, and starts at $29.95. Personally, I'd spend a little more and get the intermediate versions of either program, at about $50 for the Mac version and $60 for the Windows edition. These higher-priced programs let you burn albums onto CDs or DVDs, which again makes for easy archiving.


Online storage is another way to help keep treasured memories alive. Here, Apple's customers who've signed up for the firm's $99-per-year .Mac service have 1 Gigabyte of combined e-mail and online disc storage space; you can store a lot of photos in even 500 Mbytes of online storage. The service also works with Apple's IPhoto software to store images online and share them with others. It's not a bad deal.


Other online photo storing/sharing/printing services include Kodak's EasyShareOnline and Shutterfly , both of which offer an amount of free storage as well as numerous options to print photos on paper, clothing, mugs, mousepads and whatever else you might imagine. Oh, and these services - as well as Apple, via IPhoto - will even print up books of your pictures. Once upon a time, these were called photo albums.


The bottom line is a simple one: use care in storing your online images, and do the storing in more than one place. A picture is worth a thousand words, but only when them image can be retrieved!

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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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