In this issue

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. 17, 2008 / 18 Tishrei 5769

Mobile musings in Manila

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | MANILA, Philippines — "Mabuhay," or "welcome," is the word one hears all over this bustling city, where gasoline sells for around $2.25 U.S. per gallon, and the SM Department Store is offering 10-percent off on a "Barong Filipino," the national dress shirt and one much more amenable to the high humidity here than even a linen suit is.

Arriving at the start of a 10-day visit, I learned several things about computing 12 time zones removed from Washington, D.C.

First, Wi-Fi is everywhere, sort of: at the Philippines International Conference Center, wireless Internet access is free of charge. However, it seems that we can only access e-mail using Wi-Fi and not do any Internet Web browsing. The only conclusion I could arrive at is that there's some kind of Web-browser blocking going on, in order to preserve bandwidth for all other e-mail users. There would seem to be no other explanation.

Second, high-speed Internet is in place at The Heritage Hotel Manila, where I'm staying. However, expect to pay around U.S. $18 per day for the service, which is rather steep in my view. The hotel service is good, but not as speedy as one might like: downloads can take some time, and firing up an online service such as Adobe's Buzzword is much slower than in the States. However, once launched and running, Buzzword does just fine.

This begs a question about online applications in general: how good is it to have so-called "cloud computing" when one is traveling and access is slower than at home? Is it not better to carry your applications with you on a computer (or, perhaps, a flash drive) and store them and your data for quick access?

The question is not merely academic, but cuts to the heart of the matter. I'm a fan of such "cloud" applications as Buzzword and G.ho.st, as mentioned here in recent weeks. Google Docs is another worthy contender, especially for its integration with Google's Gmail service. However, bandwidth can be an issue, and it's one worth watching out for. On the road it's always interesting to see who's carrying what and how it's being used. The Microsoft Windows platform still dominates, of course; I've only seen a few Apple Inc. notebooks here. But Apple's iPhone is a bit more prominent among users. Indeed, it was a pleasant surprise to see both a first-generation iPhone and the iPhone 3G quickly connect to local wireless networks for both voice and data calls. Here, connection speeds are on the whole quite good. What my bill will look like on returning home might be another question.

Which, in turn, leads one to Skype, the killer Voice-over-Internet-Protocol, or VoIP application of all time. With a few clicks to configure, I was chatting with the office back home as easily as if the people were standing next to me; the bandwidth at the hotel proved no problem in terms of a connection or of sound quality. If you're a frequent traveler and don't have Skype, you're missing a lot.

Traveling to the other side of the world, of course, takes a bit of time, and inflight entertainment might not fill the gap. Once again, the iPhone with its media component, and Apple's iTunes can come to the rescue. But on a very long flight, such as the Dulles-to-Tokyo run at just under 14 hours, you need more than the basic battery on the phone or an iPod. Enter the "2-in-1 Charger & Back Up Battery" from i.Sound, a rechargeable, high capacity 1000mAh polymerized lithium-ion battery that the maker says provides up to 30 hours of additional music, 6 hours of video or 3 hours of talk time. It lists for $50, but can be found on Amazon.com for around $46; I used it successfully and happily.

Most of all, I plan to keep it charged for the flight home, back to regular time and fiber-optic Internet.

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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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