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 Nov. 11, 2005 / 9 Mar-Cheshvan, 5766

A few tips for giving tech gifts this year

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Maybe it is the time change, or the flip-flops the weather has been performing around my part of the country — or perhaps it's the early run of decorations I'm seeing in the stores — but I'm thinking about the holidays.

The holidays have a way of sneaking up on even the most conscientious of us and that can be a problem if you are shopping for the right holiday computing gift. Because getting it right can take time.

Here are some general principles to keep in mind as you work up your holiday list.

First, new isn't necessarily better. Even as the latest computer models arrive in stores, many fairly recent models might be a good bargain.

Some of these might have just been discontinued; others are refurbished, returned items. Manufacturers such as Apple Computer Inc. (http://store.apple.com) have "special deals" on such items, including some of their latest products. Dell Computer Corp. (www.dell.com) calls its bargain spot the "outlet," which is also the term favored by Hewlett-Packard (www.hp.com).

Selection, specifications and savings vary by store and the time you shop. My best advice would be to shop early, because good items tend to sell quickly.

Outlet stores tend to offer items that are still fairly recent, within the past 12 to 18 months from their introduction in most cases. You can find older items via online auctions and resale stores, but anything much older might not have as long a useful life.

If you are shopping for a brand new, out-of-the-box computer and hoping to save money, be sure you understand all the claims about rebates and "instant savings."

Frankly, such tactics confuse me: A maker, especially one who sells online, shouldn't require you to send in a rebate coupon once they have captured your data via the Web. An alternative is to eschew such tactics in favor of resellers who do all the heavy lifting for you. Such stores are out there, but you might have to shop around a bit.

Also, while the latest PC or Mac may not be necessary in all cases, be careful about display technology: CRT displays, those TVlike monitors still seen on many business desks, are, frankly, passť when it comes to home use. You can get a thin, light, stylish LCD display — also called a "flat panel" — for around $200 or so, and it's one area where I believe some splurging is a good idea. Make sure the computer you buy has the proper connection for your intended LCD monitor, either SVGA or DVI, and all should work well.

Printers are one other big holiday purchase where it might pay to shop early. For one, there's a wider range of choices in some categories than ever. Also, you'll want to carefully compare features and costs before taking the plunge.

Low-price makers such as Lexmark International Inc. and Samsung deliver some very nice models, but you'll want to check the cost of the ink or laser toner before taking the final plunge.

Those who depend on an inkjet printer to turn digital photos into prints will be especially interested in supply costs; some of the best I've seen are in printers from Epson and Canon.

In short, open your eyes before you open you wallet. Some careful shopping can make the gift-giving not only fun, but rewarding for the giver as well as the recipient.

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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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