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 July 10, 2009 / 18 Tamuz 5769

Firefox, Safari illustrate why browsers matter

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The recent arrival of updated versions of two popular Web browsers — Mozilla.org's Firefox 3.5 and Apple, Inc.'s Safari 4.0 — are perhaps more noteworthy than might first be imagined.

In the course of trying to meet the deadline for this column, I've bounced between Firefox 3.5, which comes in Windows, Mac and Linux flavors, and Safari 4.0.1, for Mac and Windows. Both are solid, versatile and fast browsers.

Speed thrills on the Internet, as any aficionado will attest. I don't have a stopwatch, but Firefox seems as fast as Safari, if not slightly faster, in some page loading situations. While some of that depends on one's Internet connection, there are also other factors that make browsing fast or slow. However they've architected it, the Safari and Firefox teams have created browsers that work WITH the 'Net and not against it.

Why do I believe browsers continue to be important? Because in the not-too-distant-future, that's where we're likely going to do more and more of our work. With all due respect to my friends at Microsoft, FileMaker and other applications developers, the move toward thin-and-ultralight computers will mean less disc space and memory for software and more demand for "cloud" computing applications that can be accessed from anywhere, at any time, along with my securely held data.

Thus, the kind of Web browser you have becomes important: the choice you make might determine which online applications you can work with easily. I'm writing these words using Adobe's online word processor, Buzzword, via the Firefox browser. But it could just as easily be Safari or, on Windows, Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8.

Any of these browsers would take up less space on a computer than an applications suite, of course, and you can then move data from the "cloud" to others via e-mail or a file-sharing link. Work problem solved.

Which of the two new browsers is right for you? Windows and Mac users have the best choices since, as mentioned, Safari and Firefox are published for both platforms. Linux devotees are kinda stuck with Firefox, which isn't at all bad.

In Safari's favor is utterly flawless integration on the Mac side with the operation system — no surprise there — and with other Mac applications such as Mail.app. But Windows-based Safari users won't suffer much, either: the program plays well in the Windows sandbox.

Firefox's strengths are not only its cross-platform-ness, but also the huge quantity of add-ins, add-ons, extensions and what-have-you that developers have come up with. There are plug-ins to let you read PDF files "inline" while browsing, to magnify Web photos, and do all sorts of things, including block Web page ads if you desire.

There are also idiosyncratic features in each browser that you'll either like or yawn at. Firefox this time adds a "new tab" button just above the current, open, browser screen. It's a great way to add viewable space without opening tons of separate windows. In Safari, I really like the "Top Sites" view, which showcases a range of your most-viewed Web pages and lets you know which of these have added or changed content since you last visited. I still think it's super-cool.

Not that all this is without pitfalls: a wrong click on an RSS feed in Firefox will obliterate your current screen in favor of the RSS page; do it in Safari and the default option will, on Macs, launch the e-mail program and ask you to add the RSS items there.

But these are quibbles. Both Safari (www.apple.com/safari) and Firefox (www.getfirefox.org) are free products, and each seems guaranteed to free up time and worries for you as you surf the Web.

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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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