In this issue

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 June 3, 2005 / 25 Iyar, 5765

Palm's life drive could drive a life

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | PalmOne's 4 Gbyte LifeDrive, recently launched for $499, aims to be a handheld hydra: PDA, photo and video viewer, and MP3 music player, all in one. It'll fit in a (comfortable) shirt pocket or purse, and it has built-in 802.11b and Bluetooth wireless, which means it can surf the Web and dial your compatible mobile phone without breaking a sweat.

The danger, of course, is that any company, let alone PalmOne (soon to again be just Palm), is overreaching when aiming for such a triple-threat device. The reality is that while there may be some stretches, there are no pulled tech tendons or dislocated digital shoulders here. For just under $500 — a hefty sum by anyone's reckoning — it's a good buy.

Starting with personal digital assistant, or PDA, functions, the LifeDrive is, after all, a Palm-powered device. The standard address book, calendar, to-do list and compatibility with literally thousands of applications are all there. Users have little to fear: this device, boasting the largest amount of storage ever put in something with the Palm brand name, can handle Donald Trump's to-do list, as well as yours.

One nice touch is the ability to render its display in either portrait or landscape modes, with a change a mere side-button-press away. This is particularly useful when surfing the Web — some pages look, read and navigate better horizontally than vertically — or when working with word processing or spreadsheet files. That's because the LifeDrive comes with a copy of Documents-to-Go, the popular viewing and editing software from DataViz for Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files, although the latter has some limitations. But you can view a PowerPoint display in the palm of your hand, make some changes and zip it back to your PC. Not bad, not at all.

As a multimedia viewer, the LifeDrive is impressive, playing a nice long clip from "The Lion King" as handily as it lets you view and zoom in on a photo of Yosemite National Park. Viewing photos on a handheld is great for travelers, of course, but can also be of value in business applications; ditto for video clips, of course. Transferring the latter will probably require a PC connection, but the LifeDrive, as with most modern Palm handhelds, accepts Secure Digital (SD) and MultiMedia (stet) cards, so photos can be taken from some digital cameras and slipped right into the handheld.

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Mobile music is a bit trickier: forget about iTunes files, expect to pay an extra $14.95 for a software upgrade to play Windows Media Audio, or WMA, files, and if your WMA files come from Napster, the upgrade won't help. Your best bet are your standard MP3 files, hopefully ones you "rip" from your own CD collection.

This is understandable since neither iPod maker Apple nor WMA-backer Microsoft, want to undercut their own, nor their allies', products. Life, as Jimmy Carter once famously declared, is unfair.

But if you care to drop a few dozen CDs into your LifeDrive — the unit can hold 100 if that's all you put there — then you've got a very good music player. If you put the contents of 10 or 15 discs there, then your next cross-country flight might be a lot better. No headphones are supplied, however; I'd go with something from Plantronics, such as the MX 100s Mobile+Music Headset, which plugs into the LifeDrive and many cell phones.

The LifeDrive is a good product, if you're willing to put some effort into stuffing it with information and music. Its price is high, but not unreasonable, I believe. One quibble: the headphone jack should be on the top, not the bottom. Details are online at http://www.palmone.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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