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. 31, 2008 / 2 Mar-Cheshvan 5769

Dell Vostro A Good Business Laptop

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | For around $1,000 — before the $50 discount offered online — Dell Computer will send you a Vostro 1310 notebook. It runs Microsoft Windows Vista, has a 160 Gigabyte hard drive that's supposed to resist damage in a fall, a DVD-burning optical drive and 2 Gigabytes of memory, though it's now shipping with 3 GB, I believe. It's nice looking, but some would call it mundane or pedestrian. It's not a super-flashy machine whose screen pivots, or is equipped with flashing lights around the edge, nor does it sport reverse osmosis water cooling for the processor.

There's something to be said for mundane or pedestrian, however. Especially among people who work in business, or in school, perhaps. You don't want something that's too flashy. You want something that will stay operational.

The Vostro shows every sign of doing just that. It's a solidly built portable computer. It doesn't way too much — I could easily carry it around an office setting — and the 13.3-inch screen is large enough to open while seated in coach on an airline flight. The keyboard is very solid, reminiscent of the ones IBM used to put on their laptops, back when IBM made laptops. All around, it's a good looking machine.

That's important, because Dell remains one of the dominant brands in business computing. Companies everywhere have contracts with the firm, and legions of road warriors (and even desk jockeys) use Dell notebooks every day. If I had a dollar for every Dell notebook I saw daily ...

I was also impressed with the number and kinds of options Dell offered for the Vostro at its Web site, www.dell,com. You can up the processor speed, hard disk type, upgrade the operating system, go to 4 GB of RAM (something I'd recommend) and get more battery options. All these cost money, of course, but the customization aspect of online ordering from Dell is something that'll appeal to many people. This isn't a Model T, after all, even if, as with that car, black is the "basic" color (others are just $25 extra).

My demo unit came with Wi-Fi built in, although Bluetooth wasn't; it's a $20 option. I'm guessing there's some "business" reason for this, that the bean counters in corporate offices, or the minions in IT don't like seeing Bluetooth on all their machines for some odd reason. Unless there's a security concern — say you're the Pentagon or the NSA — I'd guess that not having Bluetooth will be more and more of a liability than an asset. Spend the $20, Jenkins, and keep your users happy. Trust me.

Other than the MIA situation for Bluetooth, however, the Vostro 1310 is a solid system, as I've said. While there doesn't seem to be a "downgrade" option to Microsoft's Windows XP, a far less vexatious OS than Vista, I imagine that many users can either make their peace with the newer system or grab a copy of XP somewhere and restore greater sanity to their lives.

In testing the computer, I relied on OpenOffice.org's 3.0 release of its productivity suite, and everything ran well. Ditto for Google Chrome, my new-favorite Web browser for Windows machines. The computer didn't balk, it performed its tasks well, and I could see myself traveling with and working with this computer if the need arose.

And other than the Bluetooth conundrum, I found little to dislike here. The sound is not stereo, but that's why there's headphones sold everywhere, I guess.

Nope, this isn't a flashy computer. It won't have people running up to you as you walk down the street. But it'll help you get your work done, and at a reasonable price. That's not bad at all, you know.

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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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