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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

Online power tools

By Randy A. Salas


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) How many programs and plug-ins are cluttering up your computer? Many useful tasks can be carried out with Web-based applications that require no downloads or installations 2web0601.jpgand cost nothing to use. Here are some examples gleaned from the indispensable ResourceShelf and other resources, as well as directories of even more online tools.

Convert a document into a PDF
With the new service Koolwire, you can convert Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and Powerpoint presentations into the PDF format, which is easier to read and send. Just send an e-mail to pdf@koolwire.com with the original files attached, and you'll receive the converted PDF documents by reply in a few minutes. Besides Word, Powerpoint and Excel, the service will convert the following formats into PDFs: JPG, GIF, Rich Text Format and TXT. Koolwire is still in beta testing, but the setup implies that other conversion services will be added.

Convert many formats
The National Library of Medicine's DocMorph service, which requires free registration, is a more powerful document-conversion service that runs through the site, not by e-mail. It can create PDFs from more than 50 file formats, including Photoshop images and various spreadsheets. You can convert 10 documents at once. DocMorph also can create multiple- and single-page TIFF files, extract text from scanned images or the 50-plus file formats and synthesize speech from files.

Find other online converters
There are many more online converters that handle all kinds of document formats, as well as convert HTML, Javascript, images, RSS feeds and other features. Smashing magazine
lists many of them in a handy guide, with readers piping up to offer further useful links among the blog's comments.

Share a virtual hard drive
Another beta site, eSnips, essentially allows you to maintain a virtual hard drive with music, images, video and other files you want to share with your family, friends or even strangers. You upload the material to folders that you create and then decide to whom you want to grant access. You get 5 gigabytes of storage space with free registration. There's a social networking aspect built into the site, but a great use would be, say, to upload party photos for invitees to download in high-res versions without having to pay fees at sites such as Snapfish and Shutterfly.

Test your Internet connection
Want to know how fast - or slow - your Web connection is? Among many such websites, DSL Reports runs tests to gauge the speed of your Internet service. Choose from Java- or Flash-based barometers. Then follow links to see how you can improve your performance.

Create a document or spreadsheet
One of the cooler innovations of Google Labs is Google Docs and Spreadsheets, which requires a free Google account to use. It allows you to create and access documents and spreadsheets from anywhere. Because it's all done online, it doesn't matter if you have your computer - great for a student or businessperson, for example, whose vacation comes in the middle of a big writing project.

Explore more Web-based apps
These are just samples of the cool things you can do through free online applications instead of downloading and installing programs on your computer. For even more, check out the extensive listings at WikkidApps and the Open Directory Project. It will cost you nothing but time, and you might find an application that saves you loads of time - and hard-drive space - in the future.

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Randy A. Salas is a columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Do you have a favorite Web site or a question about how to find something on the Internet? Send a note by clicking here.



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