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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 August 25, 2006 / 1 Elul, 5766

Life on a ‘smart drive’

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Here's an interesting proposition: get rid of your computer. Instead, carry your applications and a document or 2,000 on a thumb-sized "drive" which uses flash memory chips. Plug the drive in anywhere and, presto, you're computing. Get up and leave, and all your data, including the confidential stuff, stays with you.


That's not exactly the business proposition behind the "U3" flash devices being marketed as "smart drives," but it's not too far off. Instead, the idea is that you'll carry some key applications and files on the aforementioned smart drive, and be ready to work anywhere. In these days of heightened airport security, it's an idea whose time may well have come.


In the U.S. market, according to the U3 trade group (I wonder what Bono thinks of that name), vendors selling the drives include msystems , SanDisk, Best Buy's Geek Squad, Kingston Technology Company, Memorex, and Verbatim. The SanDisk folks were kind enough to send over a 2 Gbyte Cruzer Titanium U3 device, and it's really difficult NOT to like the little thing. For one, the $110 list price isn't too much to ask for that much storage. Then there's the U3 bit.


Here's how it works. There's a partition on the flash drive that stores small programs and lets you open then from a system tray pop-up menu in Windows. There are a number of applications you can download for the SanDisk U3 drive, some free and some for sale. I selected a Web browser called Maxthon and the Weather Bug utility to join the pre-installed Skype Internet telephony application, an antivirus program as well as software to synchronize data on the USB drive and a given computer. Two final programs on the drive offer a "tour" of the LaunchPad menu software and a password management program.


If I wanted, I could pack the OpenOffice productivity suite, or, presumably, parts of it, on the drive, as well as various games and other utility items. Of the list of programs at the SanDisk download site, I found none larger than 230 Mbytes, which, while about 1.15-percent of the drive's capacity, isn't so onerous as to make the Cruzer unusable. Indeed, with an office suite, a Web browser and an e-mail program, most of us would be "good to go," mobile computing-wise, and still have a vast amount of storage space - 1.25 Gbytes or more - in which to keep a variety of files.


Security doesn't seem to be an issue: Working in a PC format, it's possible to password- and file-protect data on the drive, which would come in rather handy, I'd suspect.


The operating speed of the programs on the flash drive matches those of programs I installed on a computer's hard drive. There were no speed bumps in using the software, or in saving files to the flash drive. In short, it worked just as well as an internal computer disc drive, but it's tiny and stores a lot of data.


These drive are really small: 1.875 by 0.75 inches, and easily fit on a keychain. Each features a retractable USB port. With capacities of up to 2GB, the maker claims it can hold the equivalent up to 1,400 floppy disks.


Mac users won't be able to take advantage of the U3 system, which is designed for PCs. But the capacity of the Cruzer Titanium and its relatively low "street" prices, which range from ridiculously low at Web sellers I don't recognize to $80 at NewEgg.com , a mail order firm I've used, up to the list price, make this what I would consider a good value.


What's next for these items? I'm not sure, but I'm glad they're around. Info on the SanDisk products can be found, oddly enough, at http://www.sandisk.com.

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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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