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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 Jan. 11, 2013 / 29 Teves, 5773

The New Apple iMac is Great, Just Try Finding One

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Despite continuing predictions of gloom and doom, Apple Inc. continues to roll out amazing new products. A good example is the iMac computer, starting at $1,299, and available - well, sort of - in 21.5-inch and 27-inch display models.

The "unique selling proposition" of the late-2012-introduced iMac is that it's very, very thin. Yes, it bulges a bit in the back, but from the side it more closely resembles a stylish HDTV than an all-in-one desktop computer. The reason: there's no optical drive inside to require more space. This allows for the thin-is-in approach, which Apple says yields a computer "5 mm thin at its edge."

First, a look at the basic machine itself and what makes it worth having, or not.

Processors on the new iMac range from 2.7 GHz to 3.7 GHz Intel Core i5 or i7processors, with options to tweak some models a couple of Gigahertz faster. On the 21.5-inch models, you can have up to 16 Gbytes of RAM, while the 27-inch model can pack 32 Gbytes of RAM. More RAM means faster operations in many cases, and is a necessity for such intensive tasks as photo or video editing.

The lower-end models can be equipped with either a 1 Terabyte hard disk drive or a similar-sized "Fusion Drive" that adds 128 Gbytes of "flash" memory in which frequently used programs and data can be stored and accessed, including the basic operating system. This nearly doubles the speed of booting the computer, and makes other tasks faster as well. At the higher end, 3 Terabyte regular and "Fusion Drive" options are available. Also optional is a 768 Gbyte solid state drive.

My test 21.5-inch model included a 1 TB Fusion Drive, 16 Gbytes of RAM, and an 3.1 Intel Core i7 processor. Those options added $650 to the base price of $1,499, for a total retail price of $2,149.

Now, that a lot more money than many all-in-one computers, but, again, consider the thinness, the elegance and, well, the operating speed and power. This is one capable machine, and working at one all day wouldn't be a chore.

But, you say, "I've got all this stuff on CD or DVD and I need an optical drive!" Apple has you covered there: for an extra $79, you can get an external optical drive that plugs into one of four USB 3.0 ports. What Apple is betting on, however, is that you won't need that optical drive often or for very long, given the proliferation of cloud-based storage and online software purchases via Apple's App Store, not to mention many programs available for online download from other vendors.

Again, it's the lack of an optical drive, among other things, that allowed Apple to make the new iMac as thin as it is. Luddites such as this reviewer may pine for the old days of having the drive on board, but the times, they are a-changing, and on the whole, this seems a reasonable evolution.

Two things I've noted, pending my own purchase in the not-too-distant future. One is that when I buy, it's the larger 27-inch display model that'll likely land in my shopping cart. The 21.5-inch unit I'm testing is certainly fine, but the extra screen real estate would come in handy. Second, buyers would do well, in my opinion, to select the wired "full" keyboard, including numeric keypad, instead of the smaller, wireless one offered as a default choice. The wireless keyboard is fine, but trust me, you'll very likely want the number pad and extra function/directional keys.

As to the "sort of" availability for these computers: at deadline, Apple's retail website lists a seven to 10 day shipping time for the 21.5 inch model and 3 to 4 weeks for the 27-inch device. You may well find one or the other, or both, at Apple's retail outlet, or other resellers, but possibly without the Fusion Drive or other options. If you want a customized iMac, be prepared to wait.

The upside, in this reviewer's opinion, is that the product you eventually receive will be very well worth that wait.

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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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