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 2, 2010 / 20 Tamuz 5770

Road trip brings computing surprises

By Mark Kellner

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | ATLANTA ---- At dinner, Monday night, all I did, it seems, was blink, and the Washington Nationals went from 0-0 against the Atlanta Braves to being down 4-0 and losing the game 5-0.

Travel, one might conclude, is not only broadening but sometimes surprising in an unpleasant way.

Well, I'm in week two of a road trip in Atlanta and I'm finding my own surprises, though not as devastating as the one Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg found after leaving the game in the seventh inning. Unlike Mr. Strasburg, who saw his seven strikeouts go for naught, I've been pleasantly surprised by a couple of discoveries.

One is that Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 7 operating system is quite nice. Really, it is. I say that because I'm using a Windows-based computer for several hours a day. The weather in Atlanta has been so hot, and the distances I cover on foot so demanding (the better part of two miles from my hotel room to my convention worksite) that schlepping a notebook computer can be daunting.

Instead, I have use of a Hewlett-Packard Co. touchscreen desktop PC, made for business users, with a 24-inch (diagonal) display and Win7, as well as the 2007 version of Microsoft Office. A wireless keyboard and mouse complete the setup.

The HP system, as with other touchscreen PCs from the firm before it, is a delight to use. The display is huge, the colors bright and vivid, and the "touch" part of the touchscreen quite responsive, even in terms of selecting and moving windows around on the desktop.

I can't tell if it's the wireless keyboard, the working conditions of about a dozen of these things in a relatively small workroom, or something within Windows, but there is one hiccup when typing: press the "Caps Lock" key and there's enough of a lag that typing seems to back up for a few seconds. Wait those seconds and you're fine, but it's a bit frustrating.

That, however, is my only frustration with this setup. While Windows doesn't do everything the Macintosh operating system does (there's no instant preview of file contents onscreen), I've found Windows and the standard productivity applications quite useful in getting things done. To be honest, I still prefer the Mac, but I'm quite happy with that I've got at the worksite.

Another constant, and generally useful companion is my Apple, Inc., iPhone 3GS, now equipped with the 4.0 version of the iPhone operating system. The upgrade was a bit of a hard slog: it took two tries to install to upgraded operating system, which was somewhat incompatible with a couple of applications, notably my Tom Tom GPS software. Tom Tom has since released an update which should fix that, but we'll see what happens.

I like the new e-mail features introduced in the new iPhone system. You get to see e-mails grouped in conversational "threads," so all the notes about the classic car show this weekend are in one place. Your initial wallpaper display is now the background for all program selection windows. And Apple's iBooks e-reader software is now available on the iPhone, as well as the iPad. Carrying, and accessing, an entire library of books is now a very real possibility.

There are some less-welcome aspects: my iPhone isn't being too friendly to my Pioneer car stereo; this could become an issue since I use a cable connection to the Pioneer to play music and GPS directions through the stereo, while charging the phone at the same time. But this just might reflect a hardware glitch in this year-old phone, which itself is due for replacement with a new, soon-to-be-reviewed, iPhone 4.

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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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