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December 2, 2014

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 Feb. 3, 2006 / 5 Shevat, 5766

Intel chip, software make new Mac shine

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Barely three months after the last iMac surprise - a built-in video camera and microphone to make communication easier - Apple Computer three weeks ago debuted its latest accomplishment: an iMac with an Intel Corp. processor. This follows, by about six months, Apple's announcement of a move to the Intel platform, a switch that evoked gasps from many, not least Mac loyalists.


I've had the new-new iMac online for about a week, and it's a stunningly fast performer. Intel's processors give the Mac far more horsepower than equivalent, or near-equivalent PowerPC processors. My rough estimates, based on real-world scenarios, suggest things can move almost twice as fast on the new machine as they do on the older models.


Best of all, the price is unchanged: $1,699 will buy you the 20-inch display-sized iMac with a 250 Gbyte hard drive, a "SuperDrive" that'll read and write CD- and DVD-ROM discs, and both WiFi and Bluetooth radios built in, as well as 512 Mbytes of RAM and a separate 128 Mbytes of video RAM. I would strongly suggest upgrading the main RAM to 1 Gbyte for an extra $100, however.


The new iMac is a lovely machine I'd like to keep on my desk permanently. Friends and colleagues who saw the iMac sighed over it, as they did over its predecessor. It's a stylish computer, compact and capable, one that not only looks very good on a desk, but also delivers tremendous performance.


Key to that performance is the fantastic job Apple has done in accomplishing what some would have considered nearly impossible: translating the operating system, OS X from the PowerPC world to that of Intel processors. Thanks to the Unix core of OS X, as well as plenty of advance work by Apple, where an Intel-friendly version of OS X had long been rumored to exist, this move was far less traumatic than it might have otherwise been.


The "new" OS X boots up exactly the same as the "old" OS X, except faster. A few PowerPC-specific programs, among them Microsoft's VirtualPC Windows emulator, won't run on the new chip. Nor is it yet possible to have a "dual boot" Intel-based iMac that runs both OS X and the Intel-based Microsoft Windows. There are some engineering issues, which may be fixed when Microsoft's next Windows release, code-named Vista, arrives.


I found that just about everything on my "old" Mac ran on the Intel-based iMac: the only thing "lost" in translation were the mouse drivers for a Microsoft Wireless IntelliMouse , but Microsoft promises new drivers soon. The wireless mouse still performed the basic mouse functions, though; it was some of the "extra" features that were lacking.


Other programs, from the every-day Microsoft Word to the specialized Accordance program for students of the Bible and related texts, performed flawlessly. That's due to something called "Rosetta," which translates instructions between "old" programs and the "new" OS X and Intel processor. I don't know how it all works, and am not sure I could explain it any more succinctly than to call it digital alchemy. Rosetta turns old, if not leaden, Mac applications into new Mac gold.


I've searched my brain - and nearly 25-year store of computer-using memories - to find anything that comes close to this achievement: moving an entire computing platform from one processor to a totally different one, while not missing a beat. Frankly, I can't find another example. Apple has done something incredible here, and while some may be tempted to wait and see if so-far-undiscovered "bugs" appear, the rest of us may well be happy to dive in and reap the advantages of a faster, sleeker computing environment.

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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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