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. 10, 2010 / 3 Teves, 5771

A Historic Week in Technology

By Mark Kellner

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Mark it down in your calendars; make an entry in your journal. Blog about it, or cut a video to remember it all. This is the week that computing has changed, quite possibly forever.

Tuesday's (Dec. 7) announcement by Google Inc., of a netbook version of Chrome OS (short for "operating system") should send shudders through the headquarters of Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc. Not that either firm is going to be instantly "toppled" by a new product, but the lighter, cloud computing-friendly Chrome OS will appeal to many users, and to many enterprises. If you can make a computer and its applications faster, cheaper, more pervasive and more mobile, a good segment of the data-using world will beat a path to your door. Oh, and make all the new netbooks cellular-data-friendly and give some free wireless each month and, yeah, you'll win fans.

While Google showed off a lot of neat bells and whistles - games to play on the new device; the ability to "print from the cloud" without installing driver software specific to each printer; and ways to protect the new device from viruses and other attacks. The proof of the pudding, as the saying goes, is in the tasting, however, and while it's easy to promise and harder to deliver, one is more tempted to believe some of Google's promises.

Why? Well, in large part because of what they've delivered already. Google promised a very good e-mail service, and Gmail is just that. It is, I guess, my primary e-mail system, certainly my primary personal one. Gmail works, works well and I can't remember the last time there was a crash. (Then again, most of my e-mail networks stay online without a hitch.) There are nice plug-ins for Gmail such as WiseStamp (www.wisestamp.com) that allow you to add professional-looking "signatures" to your e-mail. And Gmail is accessible just about anywhere on the planet, so long as you have a network connection.

Ditto for Google's Chrome Web browser. It's faster than anything else I've seen so far, and less prone to hacking (again, so far). As with Gmail, you can get various plug-ins to check on things such as news sources in which you're interested and to customize Chrome in other ways. The Chrome OS is built on and around the Web browser, since Google wants people to do their computing "in the cloud" whenever possible. (Some Chrome OS applications, the firm said, will work "offline," or disconnected from the Internet.)

To this observer, however, one of the most promising things Google has created, evolved and delivered, and that is its Google Books project. From a mere cataloging of the world's literature, the product has now grown into an online bookstore where texts may be purchased, or obtained at no charge, and downloaded for reading on a PC, smartphone or tablet, such as Apple's iPad. I logged on to the service on its launch day (Dec. 6) and was impressed with the software and the selection of titles. The iPad and iPhone applications are just fine, with all sorts of options to make reading easier.

But there is more: search for an author, and you'll not only find their books, but books in which they are cited. I found my own work mentioned or quoted in several published books of which I was unaware, and certainly unaware of their (fair and proper) use. The question of immortality doesn't arise often in this space, but Google Books will keep my work alive for a long time after I'm gone.

It's not just ego that makes me like Google Books, or wish their new ventures well. These are people who seem to be coming up with new ideas, with refinements, and with products that deliver as promised. If anything is going to advance our stuck-on-the-road economy, it's going to be thinking such as that.

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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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