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 July 31, 2009 / 10 Menachem- Av 5769

Finding bargains for school, etc.

By Mark Kellner

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Awright, just WHERE did the summer go already? It's the end of July, for crying out loud, and it seems that Memorial Day was only seven days ago.

Time flies, and the new school year approaches. College freshmen are getting ready for classes; so are high school students. Many of their parents are likely eyeing the anticipated Oct. 22 "general availability" date of Microsoft Corp.'s new Windows 7 operating system and hoping it won't be a great disappointment.

Well, you may know where I'm going here: it's just about computer shopping time! Yes, time to whip out those credit, er, debit cards and truck on down for a new computer. It's not just the auto dealers who can use some stimulus, you know.

More seriously, this appears to be a rather good time to go computer shopping. Last week, Walmart Corp. announced a rather good price — $298 -- on a Compaq-branded portable computer with 3 Gigabytes of RAM, a 160 Gbyte hard disc drive, a DVD-writing/reading drive and the "home" edition of Microsoft Windows Vista. The unit boasts a 15.6-inch display and a 2.10 GHz AMD Sempron SI-42 processor. It's not a top-of-the-line portable such as the gamer-friendly MAINGEAR eX-L 18, but that computer, whose display boasts 1080p "hi-def" resolution starts at $2,999, which is more than ten times the Walmart price.

The Walmart computer went on sale July 26. However, I suspect Walmart will offer other bargain-priced models before school starts. There are other retailers out there, to be sure, and I would not be surprised if Best Buy, Staples and OfficeDepot, to name but three, also jump on the bandwagon of selling good computers at low prices. Unlike any time I've seen in 26 years of closely watching the personal computer market, there's a wider range than ever of machines with very good capabilities available at very reasonable prices.

The rise of "netbooks," tiny-ish computers with a fair amount of power, something commented on previously in this space, is another example of how to find bargains. Sony, in August, is expected to launch a "around" $500 netbook in the high-fashion colors of "berry pink, sugar white and cocoa brown," and the firm says its "high-resolution, 1366 x 768, LED backlit 10.1-inch ultra-wide display, [will make] it easy to view two full web pages," although I'd have to see that one to believe it.

Regardless, Sony's a known quantity when it comes to display quality in its portables, so this could size up to be a rather nice bargain. There are limitations and other questions: would you need or want an external CD/DVD drive for loading software and playing movies, for example? But overall, seeing a stylish Sony portable at a relatively low price is a nice signal for a good chunk of the computer-buying public.

Of course, fans of Apple Inc.'s Macintosh computer aren't without hope. The firm's recent price drops on several portables, plus the $999 white plastic MacBook (available last week as a refurbished model on the http://store.apple.com Web site for $849) are very good values, in my opinion.

Although Apple, currently, uses only Intel processors for its portables, many Windows-based manufacturers turn to AMD for processors which rival or even exceed many of their Intel counterparts, but at lower price points. This, in turn, leads to lower retail prices, and AMD has its own store at www.amd.com for those searching and shopping.

In short, there's plenty of shopping opportunities out there - retail, online and the "big box" stores, including warehouse clubs. If you're buying a new Windows-compatible, check out www.windows7.com to find out what you need, hardware-wise, to be able to upgrade. On the Mac side, all new Macs should handle the later-this-year release of "Snow Leopard," the next version of Mac OS X.

Good hunting!

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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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