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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
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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 12, 2009 / 20 Sivan 5769

Intriguing, frustrating new MiFi

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A little more than five months ago, at the tail end of December 2008, the folks from Novatel Wireless came by and demonstrated the MiFi 2200, a “personal” wireless hotspot, one that promises to put the speed of the Internet in a transceiver the size of a credit card, albeit with the thickness of several such cards.

The premise, as I wrote at the time (http://bit.ly/mrVSD), is an interesting one, promising consistent Internet access without worrying whether or not you have a Wi-Fi account at Starbucks or access at the public library.

Cordless, rechargeable, and super-portable, the MiFi, which Verizon Wireless is reportedly offering in a GSM-based version and which Sprint Nextel has for its CDMA network, is now seeing the light of day. I’ve finally had one to play with.

The device is advertised as offering connection speeds up to 54 megabits per second (Mbps), but the reality seems to be rather different. In two separate tests involving the Speedtest.net online site, I found download speeds at roughly 1.3 Mbps. Uploads were less consistent: 0.51 Mbps in one try, but less than half that, or 0.24 Mbps, the next. Granted, those are in a range “up to” 54 Mbps, but are so slow as to cause one’s head to shake in wonder.

These speeds likely will vary, of course, by location and the signal strength of the Sprint network in a given place. But sometimes, they just vary: when I first loaded some Web pages one afternoon, things dragged. Then, speeds picked up rather nicely: the Department of Defense home page, which I’d not loaded on this computer before, snapped to pixilated attention.

It’s a puzzlement, and one which might make some users shy away from the new device. And, to be honest, this isn’t for the commitment-phobic. It’ll cost you$149.99 to buy the MiFi, relabeled the “Sprint Mobile Hotspot,” after which you can send in a coupon for a $50 rebate. The firm also requires a two-year service commitment, at either $60 per month for data-only service, or $149.99 monthly for what the firm calls a “Simply Everything Plan + Mobile Broadband,” offering unlimited talk time on a phone and the data. (I’d imagine you have to buy the phone separately.)

Either way, this isn’t bargain-basement wireless Internet, and, as I wrote before, it’s likely to appeal most to those who have a business reason to write this off on their taxes. However, the question of the moment is whether or not the MiFi would draw raucous laughter or longing admiration from an IRS auditor based on its performance and ease of use.

In terms of speed, as noted above, the performance can vary. Battery life, on this rechargeable device, is rather impressive, however. At this writing, I’ve had it up and running for about three hours without problem; it’s rated to provide four hours of active use, and 40 hours of standby time. That would likely appeal to riders on intercity trains and buses without Wi-Fi, for example.

And you can’t beat its tiny size: the thing is truly pocketable, or could be kept in a purse or briefcase without much problem. If turned on, you’d be ready to roll with a minimum of fuss.

Sprint also advertises that the MiFi 2200 can be shared by as many as five users, making the monthly service cost a bit more manageable in many situations. It offers 64-bit WEP security, which means you can set a password to protect “your” network. The Sprint version of the MiFi is also equipped with a GPS-enabling feature, though, frankly, I’m not sure how I’d use that beyond the “novelty” of being able to find gas stations or restaurants near my current location. But, then, I can also do that with an iPhone, at least the restaurant part.

So that leaves us where we started, I guess: the MiFi 2200 is interesting, but it requires a commitment to Sprint’s network, in whole or in part. Only you can determine whether that commitment is worth it.

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