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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. 19, 2008 / 22 Kislev 5769

A Tale of Two Netbooks

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A funny thing happened on the way to December 25: the netbook, also known as the "mini-note" PC, is taking off. As mentioned in this space a fortnight ago (http://tinyurl.com/5bcltp), the netbook, strictly defined, is a small-ish-sized-screen, ultralight portable computer, with or without Microsoft Windows as the operating system. One research firm, DisplaySearch of Austin, Texas, said last week they expect as many as 14 million netbooks to be sold in 2008.


Since my initial comments, I've played with a couple of these netbooks and have some initial findings. In short, this is a category with promise, although there are some speed bumps along the way.


Among the big plusses: the netbooks are light, convenient and, well, a bit sexy. Schlepping around a big honking notebook can sometimes be necessary, but for road warriors, it's a drag. When running Microsoft Windows XP (not Windows Vista, please!), the netbook is very nice to play with. Under Linux, it depends.


My first netbook experiment involves a netbook brand you can buy - Asus and the Eee PC and a service you can't get just yet, SIMtone's online virtual PC, which runs Microsoft Windows XP.


The Eee PC is small and light, but the screen could provoke squinting. Its appearance is a bit disappointing versus other netbooks: a "flat" screen versus the "glossy" screen found on some other models. The keyboard is also a bit challenging for the large-fingered, but certainly usable.


What lifts the whole package is the SIMtone service (www.simtone.net), something the firm hopes to sell to other communication providers such as your cell company or Internet Service Provider, who then will offer you a "virtual" PC as part of the bundle. In operation, the SIMtone service is just delightful. It's fast, its Windows emulation is flawless, and you don't have to worry about file storage or program storage - so long as you trust the providers involved. The basic demo I took included the OpenOffice.org suite of applications, as well as Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird, so most users can get up and running quickly at a low cost.


My only frustration is that you, the reader, will be hard pressed to try this unless and until SIMtone makes a sale to some telecom outfit. I hope this will change, but for now, you'll have to just take my word here.


As to the Eee PC, it's widely available, but don't buy it. Instead, toddle over to your favorite online retailer and grab a Samsung NC-10 instead. Do not pass "go," do not collect $200. Just do it - if you must have a netbook this holiday. Trust me on this.


The NC-10 will set you back around $480 when shopping at amazon.com, and comes with 1 Gigabyte of RAM and a 160GB hard disc drive. It also sports a 10.2-inch (diagonally measured) display screen, far better than the 8.9-inch of the Eee PC. You can expand the RAM to 2 GB by purchasing memory from an outfit such as Crucial.com. There's a Webcam and built-in microphone to make online chating easier. No optical drive is supplied, but you can buy one if needed, to connect via a USB port.


Since the NC-10 runs Windows XP, however, you're getting a pretty good portable computer for the money, and not just a netbook. I like the screen display, the keyboard (about 93 percent of the size of a regular notebook keyboard) and the machine works and travels well.


The Samsung NC-10 is perhaps the herald of things to come in portables. It merits your investigation.

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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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