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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 Dec. 23, 2005 / 22 Kislev, 5766

Last-Minute Gifts

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Time is running out on getting gifts before the Dec. 25 arrival of Christmas and Hanukkah this year - a rare coincidence of the calendar - and you may be stumped for computer-related gifts. Some thoughts for the short-handed:


(ALMOST) ANYTHING FROM THE APPLE STORE will be "hot" this year. The famous iPods are perhaps "the" holiday gift of the season, whether it's the iPod Nano, that packs 4 Gbytes of music into a tiny player, or the slim-but-larger 30 Gbyte and 60 Gbyte video iPods. Prices range between $199 and $249 for the Nano and $299 to $399 for the video iPod. If you can find one, any would make a great gift.


Accessories for the iPod are also welcome, as are gift cards to Apple's iTunes online music store. All can be picked up at the Apple retail outlets, and the players and accessories are showing up in a wide range of outlets.


As far as computers go, Apple's desktop iMac G5, reviewed here a couple of weeks ago, is the kind of gift anyone would like to see at the holidays. A traveler might well enjoy one of Apple's PowerBooks, either the 12-inch or 15-inch displays are compact enough and travel well.


Even if, as is widely rumored, Apple announced its Intel processor-based line on January 10, the latest Macs will have enough horsepower and software support to run for quite some time, so you can give with confidence, I believe.


HP'S NOTEBOOKS AND DESKTOP computers remain among my personal favorites. They're rugged, dependable and have features that users will likely appreciate. The Pavillion dv4000 notebook computer, favorably reviewed here about six months ago, will cost $1,703 direct from www.hp.com, after rebates, and packs 1 Gbyte of RAM, an 80 Gbyte hard disk, and enhanced video processing along with a 15.4-inch super-bright display. However, the HP Web site indicates such models will ship after Dec. 25, so your intended recipient may need to be a little patient, albeit with a great reward to follow.


HP's Media Center PCs, which also received praise in this space, are in the $800 range for a model that includes a TV/FM radio tuner, Windows Media Center software and enough capabilities to handle most tasks. I like the solidness of the system, which I've had running daily for quite some time, functioning as a TV recorder and media hub. You'll need to add a monitor and speakers, of course, but you won't be disappointed with this product. These also might not arrive before the holiday, but here too, patience will have a payoff.


PDAs STILL APPEAL, at least they do to me, and, perhaps, to others. Palm's Tx handheld is $299, has built-in WiFi and 128 Mbytes of RAM built-in; you can add tons more storage with SecureDigital cards. The operating system Palm uses is simple, elegant even, and efficient. It'll work with Macs and PCs. And there's a raft of outside applications for such devices; you can customize a Palm to fit just about any situation. Details of this highly recommended product are at http://www.palm.com.


When and as you buy and install a new item, read over the instructions - at least the little "cheat sheet" provided with most products now, and proceed carefully. Most computer setups are automated, even painless, these days - Apple excels in this regard, but HP's installation process isn't too bad, either. But go slowly and you'll enjoy the holidays, and your new computer, even more.

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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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