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 Dec. 3, 2010 / 26 Kislev, 5771

Holiday buying/upgrade tips; social browsers updated

By Mark Kellner

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's that time of year again.

For those interested in giving a new computer this year, or perhaps passing on a more-recent model to someone else, some general suggestions:

First, when buying new, be sure you're getting the latest model of the hardware, and the most recent version of software. I don't know of too many stores that would try to pass off last year's gear as this year's gifts, but if a price seems too good to be true, double check things. Of all the things to avoid, Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Vista, long succeeded by Windows 7, tops the list.

Do NOT avoid the updating process when setting up a computer for the first time. Regardless of the manufacturer or operating system, you're almost guaranteed to encounter a message asking you to update the software installed on your machine, presuming you connected the device to the Internet during setup. Do not pass "go," do not collect $200, just do it - clichés aside, updating your software is of critical importance to keeping your system functioning well.

The same goes for anti-virus/anti-spam software protection. While Windows-based systems are exponentially more likely to be hit by computer viruses and "spambots," Mac systems are not immune. Most Windows PCs come with at least a trial version of antivirus software; Mac users can choose from several suppliers. Whatever the cost, it's cheap insurance.

Before you pass an old computer along to someone else, either a child or sibling, or, especially before giving it to charity, there are several steps you should take. The first is to make sure all software is updated. For example, not running the latest (10.5 or, better still, 10.6.x) versions of Apple's Mac OS X operating system means you're missing out on "Time Machine," automatic file backup software which, with an external drive attached to your machine, could save your data in event of a disaster. Not having the latest version of Windows will mean you miss out on several improvements there.

If you're giving the computer away, especially to a charity, be sure to SCRUB your existing data. That might mean doing a low-level format of the hard drive, which would remove everything there, and then reinstalling the operating system and any software applications you are allowed, under license, to pass along. It's extra work, to be sure, but the private information you save WILL be your own.

Another thing new computer owners should do (along with many who've had their systems for a while) is READ, or at least carefully skim, the instruction manuals that come with your system. They are there for a reason, and that reason is to help you understand your computer better. If the manuals are totally incomprehensible, any of the "For Dummies" books (Hungry Minds/Wiley) or "Missing Manual" series (Pogue Press/O'Reilly) are well worth the effort. Yes, it involves some careful attention and learning new words and phrases, but the rewards are many.

For example, I was speaking with a friend last night that wanted to add the company e-mail to the Mail.app software on her MacBook. I mentioned that you can add multiple mail accounts to Mail.app by pressing the "plus" sign in a certain dialog box. "I didn't know that," my friend said; such information is abundant in the "Dummies" books and tech manuals. Another friend didn't know a common trick for selecting "all" the files in a given area; again, the books hold the key.

SOCIAL BROWSER UPDATE: Both Rock Melt (www.rockmelt.com) and Flock (www.flock.com) have released updates to the browsers spoken of here three weeks ago. Of the two, Flock's new release is much more significant, more of an improvement over its previous version, and doesn't require an "invite" to participate. Check 'em out, and watch this space for more news going forward.

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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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