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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, 2010 / 16 Teves, 5771

A call to the newly gifted --- and a call to arms

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Those of you fortunate enough to get a new computer (or netbook or tablet) will, no doubt, be very excited about your new purchase. But before diving in, may I suggest a few steps?

First, READ THE MANUAL. No kidding. There's probably a "Quick Start" version or cheat-sheet you can glance at to make setting things up easier and faster. Even if this is your 14th new computer, please, read the instructions. There is often a twist or change in THIS model that is different from the rest. You'll thank me later, I promise.

Among the many changes in today's computers versus yesterday's are a greater emphasis on wireless and Internet-based configuration and updating. It's always a good idea to let the computer's update programs run, and perhaps run a second time, before getting down to work. That way, you'll be reasonably sure of having the latest-latest versions of the operating software and other files you need.

Another change: making your own backup discs of the operating system and supplied programs. Again, the manual (or documentation) should help here. Have a pack of recordable DVDs handy, just in case.

And, your new computer may also have a wireless keyboard and mouse. You may already know how to set these up; if you don't, that's what the manual is there for.

Bottom line: read the instructions. You'll be happier.

Second new thing to do, especially if you have a Windows-based PC, is to check for anti-virus and other software protection. Usually new machines come with something you can use for at least 30, 60, or 90 days (sometimes a year) without charge. If your new machine DOESN'T have such protection, find some online (www.norton.com is one place to start) and order, or run over to Costco or BestBuy and pick some up. It's really very cheap insurance to keep things running smoothly.

The third new thing is to buy, and use, backup drives. They're cheap enough -- $100 or (much) less will get you a terabyte of storage - and simple enough to use. I'll have some specific recommendations early next year in this space.

Oh, and do ENJOY your new system. Computers, after all, are supposed to be fun!

THAT 'CALL TO ARMS' - This site, and others, are reporting on the action by the Federal Communications Commission to regulate traffic and content on the Internet. The so-called "net neutrality" rules have drawn fire, as The Washington Times' David Eldridge has reported, from Republicans for going too far, and from Democrats for falling short.

It's difficult for this writer to remain "neutral" about net neutrality, which undoubtedly will face court challenges and perhaps legislation from the new Congress during 2011. I tend to agree with FCC Commissioner Robert M. McDowell, who says there's nothing to fix online. I also worry about just how far the FCC might go with such regulations.

I speak as someone who spent a good chunk of his career covering the FCC. From visionaries such as former FCC Chairmen Richard Wiley, Dennis Patrick and Al Sikes, to feisty commissioners such as Patricia Diaz Dennis and the late Jim Quello, there was a time - and a need - for the regulation of much of communications.

Today? That's largely gone. Land-line telephony is struggling to stay alive. Wireless spectrum is changing hands with billion-dollar price tags. Skype, Facebook and other Internet-based services are eclipsing many older means of communications. And a building full of bureaucrats isn't a guarantee of progress: I remember sitting in a very empty Senate hearing room when Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) told some state regulators they'd best resolve a telecom matter themselves: "Otherwise we'll get involved, and we don't know what the heck we're doing!"

"Net neutrality" is one of those areas. In the case of the FCC, an 77-year-old appendage of a different epoch, I am reminded of Oliver Cromwell's 1653 declaration to the Rump Parliament: "You have been sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of G0d, go!"

In other words, I believe it's time for the FCC to be replaced. Someone in the next Congress should put that on his or her to-do list.

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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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