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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 Oct. 21, 2005 / 18 Tishrei, 5766

Sun's new suite mimics Office

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The Oct. 4 announcement that Sun Microsystems and Google would collaborate in offering Google's toolbar, which gives users a handy desktop gateway to Web search and services, was accompanied by speculation of a possible joint move in the office applications arena. Such a move would finally deliver a serious challenge to Microsoft Office, the widely popular software suite that some users consider to be hugely expensive compared with lower-cost alternatives such as Sun's StarOffice.

Although analysts such as Gartner Group say the talk is much ado about very little, there's another reason to take a look at StarOffice afresh. In August, Sun introduced StarOffice 8, which the company says is more compatible with you-know-who's product, not to mention less expensive. You can download the product from Sun for $70, while companies buying multiple copies can pay as little as $35 each, albeit in large quantities.

Whatever the price, StarOffice costs a lot less than what Microsoft charges for its Office software. Microsoft charges $149 for a copy of Office for noncommercial use. The cheapest "new user" price for commercial use is $399 — more than five times the single-user price for StarOffice.

On many levels, Sun's claim to operational compatibility with Microsoft Office seems to ring true. Users of Microsoft Office will likely fall into most StarOffice applications easily. I'm using StarOffice Writer, the word processor, to write these words and it's behaving much like Microsoft Word. I can have my document at a "text width" view for typing, and that makes 12-point Times Roman large enough to read comfortably on a 17-inch PC display.

Writer's operation is straightforward in most instances. It was easy to start and create a new document. The program's help system isn't too obtrusive, although the word-completion feature can grate a bit, although it does not override one's typing.

StarOffice Calc is also spiffed up for this new release, with larger cell sizes for spreadsheets, which should make it easier to import large Microsoft Excel files. At the same time, the program can save its work as an Excel file, so you can swap data with those using the other program. The same interoperability is said to hold for Microsoft's Word and PowerPoint applications and their StarOffice equals, Writer and Impress.

Impress, at first glance, is a very capable presentation graphics program. It's not difficult to imagine using it for corporate meetings with no fear of embarrassment. Impress' templates and structure are on a par with PowerPoint, at least, and some of the innovations, such as specifying transition styles and speeds during the setup of a new file, are quite nice.

Untested in this initial review were the drawing and database components, Draw and Base. These seem usable, but may not be as vital to some users as they are to others. It should be noted that Base is a flat-file database that can hook into external, relational databases housed on larger computers. Those who need that function will understand and value it.

There is one continuing drawback to StarOffice, and that is the lack of an alternative to Microsoft Outlook, the personal information manager/e-mail client that is nearly ubiquitous in corporate life.

Once Sun clears up the e-mail issue, StarOffice might be an even more viable Microsoft Office alternative.

Details on StarOffice can be found at http://www.sun.com/ software/star/staroffice/index.jsp

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