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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

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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. 23, 2005 / 19 Elul, 5765

Small Nano a big bargain

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Just about a week with Apple Computer's IPod Nano, the $249 music player that is smaller than a business card and about as thick as a No. 2 pencil, convinces me that, sometimes, first impressions can indeed be valid.

This is a remarkable device: great — no, stunning — sound from its compact size and it offers tons of features. It's easy to set up, logical to program and use, and it will replace nearly 14 of the six-disc CD-changer cartridges, at $30 each, I would have to pack in my car to equal the IPod Nano's 1,000-song capacity.

There are positives and negatives about the Nano, but on a dollar-for-dollar basis, I don't believe there is a better bargain in portable audio today. What's more, there are enough accessories out there to allow you to move music from your computer to your car to your office and back to home.

The Nano can become the center of an entertainment "plan" that brings the music or spoken word with you to be heard where and when you want or need it. Just as having a book in your briefcase means a productive use of waiting time, the IPod Nano can turn commuting and other hours into useful time as well.

Is the Nano easy to set up? I'll confess that I already use ITunes, Apple's popular music-management software. But even if I didn't, the Nano comes with a disc of the program and once logged in, the Internet can find you the latest update.

Once installed, ITunes will organize the existing music on your hard drive, help you load in your own CDs and show you how to create "playlists" of music. All the songs can be downloaded to your Nano, as well as those purchased from the ITunes Music Store.

While it could be argued that the IPod concept is designed to drive customers to the ITunes store, from which music is bought at 99 cents a song, many of us will be able to benefit from just having another way to store and use our own music and audio.

The vast number of "podcasts," mostly free audio broadcasts available through ITunes and other online sources, can combine easily with our own holdings to provide enough content without spending a dime.

Either way, the Nano can hold plenty of music: I have 231 songs on mine, so far, and between that, my contact list, some photos and a couple of calendar items, I have used only 1.1 gigabytes of the 3.7 GB listed capacity. It's not too difficult to imagine placing another 240 or so songs, which would represent another 20 albums or so, and still having plenty of room for more. Those with several hundred or even several thousand CDs likely will want to get a larger capacity IPod if you want to carry your entire inventory in your pocket or purse.

The photo display is small on a 1.5-inch color LCD screen, but it's visible enough for me to enjoy the snapshots. One (of the many) potential IPod Nano accessories deserves mention. Griffin Technology's $79.95 "RoadTrip" plugs into a car's cigarette lighter, has the necessary connector for the Nano and other current IPods, and broadcasts the player's music to a spare FM frequency on your car stereo. The sound quality is good overall, but I sometimes have heard some interference. A plus is that the RoadTrip will recharge your IPod battery as you drive. Details can be found at www.griffintechnology.com; the IPod Nano can be ordered online at www.apple.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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