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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 14, 2010 / 1 Sivan

Toshiba mini a good grad, dad gift

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's small, you can read books and watch movies on it, has lots of storage, a wireless Internet connection and a built-in keyboard. You can get one for less than $400, and it's a lightweight companion whose battery life should easily handle a cross-country, or even trans-Atlantic flight.


And, no, it's not an Apple, Inc., iPad.


What it is is the Toshiba NB-305, and it seems to be a winning gift for many grads and Dads, what with commencement season upon us and Father's Day around the corner. The computer lists for $399.99, but you can find it as low as $361 at area Wal-Mart stores, though you may have to order online for in-store delivery.


Is it a worthy purchase? It would seem to be: if one is not too ham-fisted a typist, the "chiclet" style keyboard is comfortable enough; it also seems designed to minimize the damage from spills, although I'm not willing to "torture test" the system Toshiba loaned me. The 10-inch screen has one orientation, landscape, but it's good enough for word processing, book reading and inflight movie watching.


There's a headphone jack, handy for sparing your neighbors the sounds of "Moulin Rouge," and a SD Card slot to make photo transfers easy. The computer itself is powered by an Intel Corp. Atom CPU running at 1.66 GHz, a 223 Gbyte hard drive, and the aforementioned 10-inch screen. A touchpad, with separate mouse-click buttons (as well as the ability to tap-and-click via the touchpad) completes the input system, though I guess the built-in webcam is also an "input device."


Also worth noting are the computer's two USB ports, not because two is a great number, but rather because they feature what Toshiba calls "USB Sleep-and-Charge," which lets you charge an MP3 player or smartphone even if the computer is turned off, by trickling through power from an AC power connection. That's a rather neat feature, I'd say.


The NB-305 boasts 8.5 hours of battery life, which is certainly impressive. Other "mini notebooks" (the Toshiba folks will bristle if you call this a netbook in their presence, it seems) may last a tad longer, but the reliability and ergonomics of the NB-305 are worth even a slight sacrifice of battery life.


One plus, in my view, is that the battery of this computer juts out slightly from the bottom of the computer, as opposed to the rear of the battery. This provides a built-in "stand" that elevates the keyboard and display slightly, making it easier to view and more comfortable to type. The keyboard takes very little getting used to; within a half-hour or so I was very comfortably typing away. The touchpad is certainly a fine one to use, though I prefer the proprietary ones found on the latest Apple MacBook models.


The unit features a "starter" edition of Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system, which means you'll probably want to shell out some extra money to upgrade it, as well as convert the 60-day trial of Microsoft Office to a more permanent version, although, as often noted here, OpenOffice.org's productivity suite is a free and useful equivalent.


This strikes me as a good desktop companion, though not necessarily a desktop PC replacement, since one of those would require a bit more RAM than the 1 Gbyte provided, and a larger hard drive. It will, however, make great sense as a device for those who are out and about a lot, since it provides a fair amount of power at a very reasonable price. Information about the computer can be found online at http://laptops.toshiba.com/laptops/mini-notebook/NB300/NB305-N410WH, while local stores such as BestBuy, Sears, and Target are other potential sources.

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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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