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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

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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

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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 Jan. 26, 2007 / 7 Shevat, 5767

The Tablet ThinkPad — First Impressions

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Spend about $1900 or so for a notebook computer, and you should expect some things. One of the interesting surprises of the Lenovo (nee IBM) ThinkPad X60 - on first contact - is what comes with it: 1 Gbyte of RAM, a 120 Gbyte hard disk drive and the tablet display, which is activated with a pen-stylus device. All this in a package which weighs less than 4 pounds, and with approximately 5 hours of battery life, enough, I hope, to cross the continent by air.


Now, that might not seem like an incredible value for money, but remember, there's still an IBM logo on this thing: you're paying for image, for style and for cachet. Not to mention some pretty cool engineering.


During an initial "spin" with the ThinkPad, the computer impresses on several levels. There's an integrated fingerprint scanner for added security. It's a good idea, but apparently doesn't work as well in situations with low ambient light, when it failed to scan my index finger properly. The built-in Wi-Fi wireless networking is quite good and easy to use, connecting to available work and home networks at 54 Mbps, which is a good speed; Bluetooth computer-to-cell-phone-modem connectivity was a bit more tricky.


Other operations were rather pleasant, however; more than I might have expected. This is a computer with a 12.1-inch, diagonal measure, display screen, and that might seem antediluvian in a world where the 15-inch display is a de facto standard, and where Apple Computer's 13-inch display for the MacBook isn't all that bad. It took some getting used to for my eyes to accommodate the 12.1 inch screen - yes, even nine-tenths of an inch can make a difference - although in "portrait" display mode when used as a tablet, the screen seemed perfectly fine.


The keyboard on the ThinkPad X60 is a delight. I've long maintained the IBM-branded notebooks have been among those with the best keyboards around, and this new model doesn't disappoint, which is encouraging given that a Tablet PC, by definition, should be designed as much for pen input as for typing. They keys are responsive and pleasant to use, especially for combinations of letters and control characters; this may not seem important, but experienced users will likely recognize a good keyboard when they encounter one, and this is a good keyboard.


The joystick/click-button combination for the mouse function, as opposed to the very popular trackpad setup used in many portables from Hewlett-Packard, its Compaq subsidiary and Apple Computer, to name three, was for me a bit of a challenge at first, but I'm getting used to it. Having a Wacom pen-based system in this Tablet PC is a good thing; Wacom's stylus systems are among the best out there, and I've enjoyed using them.


Because the machine arrived late last week, and because we're on the cusp of Microsoft Corp.'s expected Jan. 30 release of Windows Vista, it's going to take some time for me to work with this machine, and hopefully with Vista's Tablet PC version, to see just how useful this kind of a machine really is. I'm not sure how many applications there are which can take advantage of all the pen-input capabilities a Tablet PC should offer, and I'm still a little uncertain as to whether it's worth the hassle.


But for the executive-on-the-go, or for any other kind of road warrior, having a fair amount of power in a rather light package is not at all a bad thing. I'm hoping for positive experiences with this computer, and will be sure to report back in a few weeks.

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