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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. 4, 2009 / 15 Elul 5769

Acer Netbook a Net Gain for Travelers

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | ABOARD BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT 264 — Usually a trans-Atlantic flight while seated in coach means a loss of productive computing time. But the arrival on the market of various micro-notebook computers boasting Internet connectivity of some stripe, popularly dubbed "Netbooks," is changing things, at least for this road warrior.


I'm in the first leg of what will likely be a total of 20 hours in flight to reach my destination, the southern Zambian city of Livingstone. That's a lot of time in the air, and it's nice to have computer that's smaller than my 17-inch Apple MacBook Pro to place on the tray table. (As wonderful a system as the MacBook Pro is, I don't know if I'd open it in flight unless I were sitting in first class.)


Accompanying me (and the MacBook Pro) on this trip is the Acer Aspire One, which features what the Taiwan-based computer maker calls a "HD" screen, measuring 11.6 inches diagonally. The color LCD is quite nice, and the computer itself runs on an Intel Corp. Atom processor, has built-in Wi-Fi, and a Webcam which, the firm claims, adjusts to low-light situations.


The unit boasts a 160 Gigabyte hard disc drive, and — are my eyes trustworthy? — 1 GB of RAM. I'm guessing the weight is about 3 pounds. Overall, this isn't a machine on which you'd want to edit video for public television, but it certainly is a functional computer for many purposes.


I mentioned the "road warrior," and that's the first category of user who might find the Aspire One a useful product. The keyboard on the Aspire One is meant for touch-typing, and it's fairly comfortable, even within the confines (and I do mean confines) of an economy airplane seat. Although the passenger next to me is probably experiencing more of my left elbow than desired, I'm still able to type well, and in a more normal situation, such as a Starbucks or a hotel, this should work quite well. (And, indeed, on the ground I was proved correct.)


The screen is legible, and in the soft light of the late-night plane, increasing the font size to around 18 points makes word processing easier. Again, in more usual surroundings, this shouldn't be an issue.


The Aspire One comes with Microsoft Windows XP as the basic operating system, and a variety of programs and features — some less charitable souls might term some of these "bloatware" — that might make a user able to start working quickly. Among these are Microsoft Works, a scaled-back productivity suite, and a trial version of Microsoft Office 2007. Before leaving Washington, I loaded the latest version of OpenOffice.org's software, discussed here last Monday. I think I'm good to go.


While typing on an airplane requires compromises, on the ground the Aspire One should function nicely as a basic work and play computer. Indeed, students in high school and college who are not in need of vast processing power or the kind of memory needed to edit video or do computer-assisted design work, There's a card slot on the right-hand side of the machine which should make transferring photos easy.


Notable are both the Webcam and the built-in Wi-Fi. There's no Internet connectivity on this flight, so testing these aloft has been a challenge. But on the ground, the Wi-Fi worked well. With such connectivity, of course, the Aspire One can become an extension of the Internet, hence the name "netbook."


Battery life clocks in at almost seven hours, more than enough to cross the ocean, and enough perhaps for a day of college lectures and labs. The built-in touchpad has just about every mouse feature you might ask for, including tap-to-mouse-click, which is quite nice.


You can probably pick up this machine for under $375, which is an impressive price for what you get. But as mentioned, there are many firms in the netbook scrum, and Hewlett-Packard has sent over one of its latest entries. More on that system another time — it's at home, awaiting my return.


For now, the Acer Aspire One is proving a good traveling companion, and you might say the same.

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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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