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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 Oct. 28, 2005 / 25 Tishrei, 5766

Helping hand is found in Palm TX

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | PORTLAND, Ore. — Your opinion may differ, but I wonder if a good way to look at the new Palm TX, a $299 personal digital assistant with built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, is not to view it as a hand-held device.

Yes, the Palm TX will slip into a shirt pocket or purse quite easily. Yes, it can be navigated with a few taps of a stylus. Yes, it has a new version of Documents to Go, the popular DataViz program that lets you read Microsoft Office files on the run.

But at a price just under $300, this isn't "just" a hand-held computer. Add in a Palm Wireless keyboard and you've got, I believe, the makings of a really good notebook computer alternative. At the end of a five-day road trip, the thought of carrying just the Palm TX and a folding keyboard is, frankly, very appealing, at least in concept.

The TX features a very nice, bright, color screen, albeit 320 x 480 pixels. But you can shift the display from portrait to landscape mode, making it easier to view some Web pages and other files.

There's 128 megabytes (MB) of memory in the unit, or 12.8 times the hard disk size of my first PC with a fixed storage drive. A SecureDigital card slot can ramp up the memory by as much as two gigabytes, more than enough for most purposes.

To be anything close to a notebook replacement, the wireless keyboard, which will set you back an extra $70, is essential.

This foldout keyboard communicates via the infrared port on the Palm TX, and can swivel to handle either display mode.

It's not a true desktop replacement, of course, but in earlier use I found myself able to adjust without too much difficulty.

In performance, the Palm TX is a very fast little computer, given its 312-megahertz processor.

Sitting at the Portland airport, it was up and running on the free (bless 'em!) Wi-Fi network long before my Apple PowerBook had booted and connected. Part of this, of course, is a function of the notebook computer's greater sophistication. But if I were anxious to check e-mail on the run, the Palm TX would be my tool of choice.

Palm said it is paying attention to multimedia as well, offering a version of MobiTV, which the firm said "allows users to view a wide range of television programs, including news, sports and entertainment" on the device. I didn't have the chance to try this out, but a music video played quite nicely in the horizontal, or landscape mode. It may not eclipse the new Apple IPods, which offer video playback, but the Palm TX video capability is quite nice.

Try as I might, I can't find any great negatives in the Palm TX. One might hope for more internal memory, but, again, compared with its predecessors, it's not a bad value for the money. The unit is ultra-slim, very light and easy to carry, which is worth something in and of itself.

One very important "plus" of the current Palm hand-held platform is its compatibility with Apple Macintosh computers, as well as Microsoft Windows systems. The Mac market may not be huge, but its users deserve a good hand-held device, too, and Palm offers that.

There are a lot of people who believe the "day" of the hand-held PDA is past, as the technology is merging with cell phones.

But I can still see a place for the Palm TX in many situations, especially for the road warrior who wants to escape the weight and heft of a notebook PC for such "mundane" applications as simple Web browsing, e-mail and document work.

More information is available at www.palm.com. The firm also has released a $99, full-color, Z22 hand-held, with 32 MB of RAM, that should appeal to many people who want a basic PDA.

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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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