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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 Sept. 1, 2006 / 8 Elul, 5766

Great desktop for $550

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Take a look at the non-poetically named Compaq Presario SR1850NX. While the name won't likely trip off your tongue, the computer itself is a rather pleasant package. After a $50 mail-in rebate (I hate 'em, but what can you do?), the $549 price, sans monitor, delivers a lot for the money.


At the core of this Windows-based machine is a 2.2 GHz AMD Athlon 64-bit processor. It's not the fastest in this range; for an extra $50, Compaq will sell you this same computer with a 2.4 GHz chip, but for the price it's very good. There's 1 Gbyte of RAM, which is very comfortable, indeed, for a Windows XP system, a spacious 250 GByte hard disk drive and two DVD drives, one to play and write discs, the other to just play them.


There's also a multi-slot card reader on the front for various camera flash devices, three USB 2.0 ports on the front, an IEEE 1394 (FireWire) port and audio connectors for speakers, a microphone and a headset. Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 is the operating system supplied, of which more in a moment, and the machine is labeled as being "capable" of running Microsoft Vista, due next year.


I've had the SR1850NX on my desk for about eight weeks. It works very nicely and quickly. Startup is fast, media streaming (through an Ethernet connection) is good, and the sound output to the HP vs17 display's built-in speakers is fine.


Sound brings me to multimedia and the Windows XP Media Center software. I was a bit surprised to find the software, but no built-in TV tuner. It's not required, of course, since "media" includes DVDs, CDs, MP3s, photos and video clips. If desired, you can buy a plug-in board such as the Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150MCE Personal Video Recorder for around $67 via the Web and add the TV capability.


But the lack of a built-in TV tuner isn't a terrible thing; all it means is that you can use the Media Center software, out of the box, for other things. The basic Windows operating system runs just fine, by the way, and while I've not tested Windows Vista on this machine, I have used the Beta version of Office 2007 here and it runs without a flaw.


The black, metallic-edged case of the SR1850NX isn't a PC modder's dream, but it's serviceable enough for individual use. If you peel off the extensive range of stickers on the front - just about every feature of the unit is labeled, save for the on/off switch - then it might even be kind of stylish. About the only thing one can't do is put the case on its side if you want to use the optical drives. I wouldn't take that chance.


The computer itself isn't as noisy as the fan in the older Apple PowerBook G4 that sits beside it; in fact I only noticed the Compaq's fan when the Apple portable was turned off. On its own, though, the Compaq does make enough noise to "compete" with the audio output from the online stream of WQXR-FM in New York, leading me to suspect the system unit is best placed on the floor.


The supplied keyboard and mouse are utilitarian, with some nice touches including a one-press Calculator button and volume controls for the audio on the keyboard. The wired mouse has a scroll wheel.


Add it up: the computer for $549, the HP vs17 display, from HP's Web site, for $210 after rebate, and, if you want, $67 for a TV tuner. For about $825, you'd have a system that would tackle a lot of stuff in a dorm room or family room, and for more than the next 15 minutes. It's very well worth considering, in my opinion; details at http://www.shopping.hp.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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