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December 2, 2014

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. 10, 2008 / 11 Tishrei 5769

Samsung's curious ultra-portable

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | With good, serviceable laptop computers costing between $700 and $1,000, why spend about $1,300 for Samsung's Q1-UP01? Well, it's not because the Samsung unit has a poetic moniker.


Instead, it's because the Q1, as I'll call it here, is an Ultra-Mobile PC, a seven-inch display wonder that'll improve your mobile computing experience. Unless you like lifting weights, having a full-powered PC in a 2-pound package is a nice relief.


The computer, available mostly via mail order, is available with Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system; my test unit arrived with the Tablet version of Windows XP installed. It sports a 1.33 GHz Intel single-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, and an 80 GB hard disk drive. The display offers 1024 by 600 pixel resolution, which is rather clear and sharp in use.


There are three possible keyboards for the Samsung Q1. The first is built in to the sides framing the display: if you use a BlackBerry or other communicator you (and your thumbs) will feel at home typing with this. The second is an on-screen keyboard which works with the Tablet version of Windows.


The third is an option, an add-on keyboard which plugs into the USB port on the right hand side of the machine. Coupled with a fold-out, stand-up carrying case, you've got a a very nice, workable portable computing solution for road warriors and others in specific applications.


For example, I could see the Q1 being used in many medical office and hospital applications, by people working on route sales and other mobile applications. Such users might not need the separate keyboard, and can happily get by with the built-in keyboard and the stylus.


Moreover, this could be a potential executive computer, again when configured with the separate keyboard and carrying case. Its sleek appearance will be enough to turn heads, and the built-in Wi-Fi will let those executives log in to the corporate e-mail from hotspots across the globe.


In fact, the Samsung Q1 reminds me of nothing as much as it reminds me of Apple Inc.'s ill-fated Newton, also a small, portable device to which an external keyboard could be attached. The Newton also had a stylus-friendly screen, but was¬ monochrome¬ and didn't have as wide a range of programs as a Windows computer would.


But I digress: the Newton didn't accomplish as much in the market as it might have and is found only on eBay these days. The Samsung Q1 shows no signs of going away; the category of Ultra-Mobile PCs is one Microsoft, and the hardware companies supporting it, is one they've said is important.


Indeed, having a variety of computing platforms for a given operating system is, I believe, going to do a lot for the continuation and growth of those operating systems currently in the marketplace. Apple is doing this, in a very real sense, with the iPhone, which gets many of its features from Mac OS X. The UMPC class of devices run Windows XP Tablet or Windows Vista and has those systems' strengths (and weaknesses) as well.


Is this the platform for you? Maybe. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this as your primary computer: there's an external monitor port, yes, but you might want more horsepower in a desktop computer. But for many road warrior types, this is a nifty device that offers a fair amount of power in a small, convenient package.


One might have wanted to see similar devices to this earlier in Windows' life cycle, but it's nice to have the UMPC option now. Coupled with a nice range of accessories, the Samsung Q1 can be an excellent traveling companion.

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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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