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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 July 22, 2005 / 15 Tammuz, 5765

Software diversity proves valuable

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It bears repeating: It's good for most computer users, I believe, to have, or have access to, more than one type of any application. Diversity in software options is a wonderful thing.

For example, I like Microsoft Word — really, I do — but it's also good to have WordPerfect, among other options, on the PC, and NisusWriter Express, among others, on the Mac, as alternatives. Why? There are some things the other programs can do better or differently. As long as you can exchange files from each with Word, and you can in one format or another, you can use these alternatives without too much hassle.

On the spreadsheet side, it's a bit tougher: Apart from OpenOffice (www.openoffice.org) and its variants, there's not much out there besides Microsoft Excel that will run on PCs and Macs. Yes, Lotus 1-2-3 still exists in one form or another for PCs, but one aspect of the kind of software diversity I'm thinking of involves being able to work on more than one platform: Windows, Mac and even Linux. For that, OpenOffice reigns supreme.

Another cross-platform champion, again mentioned here before, is the Firefox/Thunderbird duo, which are two popular, and free, Web browser and e-mail "client" software applications. The two programs (http://www.mozilla.org/) run on the Windows, Mac and Linux platforms. They have advantages over the commercial applications, and they are worth investigating, as well as using.

If your computer can tolerate it in terms of disk space and processing power, I think it's important to have at least one or more alternatives to your regular programs available. Not every program can handle every task equally, and sometimes program "Y" can do it better than application "X." Take Web browsing: my bank, which shall remain nameless, has a Web site that likes Firefox better than it does Apple Computer's Safari browser. I don't know why, but when I want to find my account information in a hurry, I use Firefox.

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Conversely, there's nothing better to handle certain key word processing features, at least that I've seen, than Microsoft Word. I like the way you can insert and edit headers and footers on a page, and I also like the way in which it handles endnotes, something not possible in certain other applications.

Having these extra programs might seem a needless expense or burden on your hard drive's capacity, so obviously some discernment is needed. If you can't afford to buy multiple applications, scout around for "freeware" programs such as OpenOffice or the Gimp photo/graphics program.

What criteria should you have for alternate programs? One is that they shouldn't harm or disable key functions of your computer. Another is compatibility with other program file formats. If you can't exchange spreadsheet, word processing or presentation graphics files with Microsoft applications, forget about it; if you can't process the same kinds of images as Photoshop, then that potential graphics program isn't worth it.

Perhaps the greatest key is to think — really, seriously think — about what you do with your computer every day, where and how you do it and what you want to use to accomplish those tasks. Then, find the software you need to make these things happen, and go to it.

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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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