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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. 29, 2006 / 6 Tishrei, 5767

Compaq V3000z worth toting

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It will cost you just under $1,000, after $350 in rebates, for a Compaq Presario V3000z widescreen notebook computer equipped much as my test unit is: the aforementioned 14.3-inch wide screen, 1 gigabyte of RAM, 80 gigabytes of hard disk space, a souped-up AMD Turion 64-bit processor, an optical drive that not only burns DVDs and CDs but also etches a label on compatible media, and, finally, software for creating those discs.


But it's a good investment, even if adding a $249 two-year express repair and accidental damage protection plan will eat up the rebates and push the price to just less than $1,250. If a computer breaks, I want it fixed quickly and with a minimum of fuss.


Such dependence would be especially true for a machine that could become vital in one's life, and the V3000z, with yet another poetic Compaq name, is just that kind of computer. It packs a lot of power with elegance and style.


One of the most powerful things for me — useful on a 10-day road trip — was the power of the computer's Altec Lansing sound system, which far outperformed an older Apple Macintosh G4 PowerBook portable. Having good sound for multimedia is important, and cranked up, this can pump out the audio.


Computing power is more important, of course, and there's no shortage of that here, either.


Compaq says the Turion processor is powerful enough to run Microsoft Corp.'s forthcoming Windows Vista operating system, though you likely would want more than 1 gigabyte of RAM available when you do — that's a Microsoft thing, not a Compaq one.


Running Windows XP Home Edition and a Beta version of Microsoft Office 2007, I had no problems doing "everyday" work. Corel Corp.'s Snapfire Plus photo-editing software worked well, as did AOL's security software — a perk for subscribers — and the popular Mozilla Firefox Web browser, and Skype voice-calling software.


There's a built-in microphone for audio input — all that's missing, a la Apple's latest portables — is an included video camera.


Portable computer keyboards are always a mixed bag: except for the very latest, and largest, models, users accustomed to a desktop PC will have to make some compromises. The inverted "T" cursor control keys are there, but a separate numeric key pad isn't. Number crunchers who want to tote this 5.5 pound computer around will want a separate, optional device to plug into one of three included USB ports.


This is also a well-connected computer. With the built-in WiFi and Bluetooth wireless devices and the USB ports, there are output connectors for a TV screen or external monitor, a FireWire port, an Express Card port and a small reader for certain types of flash memory cards. If you are using Compact Flash cards, however, you will need an adapter for the computer's PC Card slot.


To get the built-in microphone, with a "QuickPlay" feature that allows you to more easily watch DVDs and listen to CDs, you will have to spend $19 to add the "IMPRINT" finish, which Compaq says is "a smooth, high-gloss coating with a unique, inlaid design which provides greater durability." I can't affirm that, since I haven't had the machine long enough, but the finish sure looks nice.

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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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