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 August 4, 2006 / 10 Menachem-Av, 5766

Wireless mouse useful for Mac

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The announcement last week of Apple Computer's $69 Wireless Mighty Mouse was followed shortly by its arrival for testing. Would I replace a good, working mouse with this new product? Perhaps not, but I'd certainly consider it if my old mouse needed replacing, or if I wanted to trick out a new Mac ensemble.

Besides being cordless, the other big difference in this new model is that, unlike its wired (and $20 cheaper) predecessor, the wireless Mighty Mouse (MM) won't work with a Windows PC. The MM is a laser-based device, which means it can use just about any surface, including smooth ones, and achieve a good amount of accuracy. It connects to the Mac via Bluetooth, which just about every new Mac has as a "built-in" feature.

As with most wireless mice, the wireless MM will require AA batteries to run on, and it has space for two cells. However, Scott Brodrick, the Apple Computer product manager for the device, said travelers could save on weight by using one battery. The mouse works the same, but obviously that battery would have to be replaced more quickly. Using the lens cover can also save power. Slide it up and the mouse switches off. About the only thing missing is a travel pouch.

The MM has one top button that acts as two: A single press works as a regular click, but shift the pressure to the right side of the mouse and you can invoke a right-click menu. There are two side buttons that can be configured to handle all sorts of tasks, as well. The supplied software is easy to work with when it comes to setting such preferences.

The center of the MM's top side has what Mr. Brodrick called a "scroll button," a soft, pointerlike object that will scroll up and down, but also from side to side. Those who work with spreadsheets will relish this feature, and the rest of us won't object. It's a neat way to get around a document, photo or other item.

I do wish the wireless MM would work with PCs, too, but I'm happy that it does such a good job with the Mac. There are, after all, plenty of mouse options for PCs, as a visit to any computer store will affirm.

Perhaps my only gripe with Apple here is price, because a wireless keyboard/mouse duo will cost $128. For $29 less, both Microsoft Corp. and Logitech will sell you their wireless keyboard and mouse combos. Granted, both use a separate "dongle" that plugs into a USB port, less convenient than Apple's built-in Bluetooth solution.

Both sets have their advantages. Logitech's Cordless Desktop S 530 Laser for Mac is very Maclike in its appearance, and has a bunch of keyboard-based controls that are helpful, such as controls for ITunes and IPhoto. The mouse feels right and its scroll wheel is certainly adequate, tilting from side to side as well as scrolling up and down, as are the two real buttons.

A similar range of movement is found on the Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop for Mac, with the tilt-and-scroll wheel a useful feature. Two extra buttons on the left side can be configured for faster Web browsing and other features, such as a one-button magnifier that brings a screen into close focus. Though ergonomic, the Microsoft product is the least "Maclike" in its look, but there's something to be said for comfort over aesthetics.

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