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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 29, 2005 / 22 Tammuz, 5765

‘Free’ software requires research

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Last week's recommendation that users equip themselves with free applications software elicited a response from one reader, who will be identified here by initials only:

"I read your article ... about the Gimp [a free, Unix-based graphics program] as a recommendation," online reader D.C. wrote. "When I went through Google for it, it looked like a company ... was giving away something for free. I then looked up [the company] and this link tells a different story. ... I believe it important to you that you look at it and decide if you need to make people aware that this company may be a scam."

I did look both at the Web site of the company in question as well as that of the "consumer oriented" Web site to which D.C. referred. Because I don't have enough information to judge the company in question, I won't name it, other than to note that its name came up as an advertising link on the Google page that referred users to http://www.gimp.org, which is the official GNU Image Manipulation Program, or GIMP, software site.

Just as with any newspaper or magazine, the Internet has sites where anyone can advertise. Just as with newspapers and magazines, however, sufficient consumer complaints to publishers, in print or online, can threaten the advertising status of a given firm. Reader D.C. did a smart thing by investigating the company in which he was interested, and he decided not to buy CDs with the free programs that are available online.

Some companies and individual users, as well as user groups, will offer so-called "freeware," which as the name implies is free software, or "shareware" or "donationware," for which users pay a set or self-decided price for a program, for sale on a CD, subject to the approval of a given software creator. Why? It's easier for, say, PC Magazine to offer a bunch of programs on a disc as a subscription premium because it has a large audience. Ditto for the publishers of many how-to computer books: Buy the book and get a CD with various programs (or add-ins for other programs) that will enhance your experience.

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Where this gets tricky is when the firm is in the business of just reselling "free" software. There are ways to do this within the law and the "General Public License" that GNU (a non-Unix open system software) and other publishers follow. I would be loath to buy from companies advertising these programs because, well, I'm a frugal consumer and can often find these programs (or reasonable substitutes) for free online. My high-speed Internet connection at home allows me to download big files relatively quickly, and the "bandwidth" is paid for.

You can find good, free or low-cost software from a bunch of sources, including Download.com, which is operated by the C-Net news site, and VersionTracker.com, which follows Windows, Mac OS 8/9 and OS X, as well as Palm operating systems. These two sites have long track records and are highly reliable, particularly Download.com. Local user groups are often another good source.

Note that reliable online sources, whether user groups or commercial sites such as Download.com and VersionTracker.com, will always link to the original publisher of the software. With those links, you should be able to find the latest version of a given program and find a way to contact the publisher of a given program.

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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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