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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 17, 2012 / 24 Shevat, 5772

'How to find computer help, 21st century edition

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Are you flummoxed by today's computer technology? You're not alone, if my e-mail inbox is any indication. And while such perplexity has been around since the dawn of the personal computer era in the very late 1970s, today's dilemmas are at once new and familiar.

What is radically different, however, is how you can find answers to those questions. Often these answers are easier to find than in years gone by.

As mentioned here before, how-to books are better, I believe, than they've ever been. "Plain language" is the rule, not the exception, and many of today's guides are augmented with full color illustrations, and even more detailed step-by-step instructions. Online booksellers such as Amazon.com have many of these titles available to "preview" online, so a few minutes of browsing can pay off nicely in matching your needs with a given book.

One personal point: I tend to prefer computer books that include not only an index (for quick reference) but also a glossary of terms. It's a quick-and-easy way to get over a phrase that might have you stumped.

Another thing I've found - this may seem trite, but it's also, well, true - is that reading both slowly and more than once can help in assimilating and using the information you're learning. This is, after all, a piece of technology you're trying to understand; it's not a John Grisham thriller. Slow and steady will pay off here, I promise!

Another great resource - and available for free - are Websites such as About.com and eHow.com. The About.com sites, which are a unit of The New York Times Company, are very thorough in screening the "guides" they hire for each page; the editorial control process is very good. As a result, the how-to information is generally very, very good and highly reliable.

At eHow.com, you can find more than the occasional gem: in looking for ways to curb an explosion of junk e-mail, one user I know found a very simple, and useful how-to piece at the eHow site. I reviewed the article: it was concise and correct, something that hasn't always been true of Internet-based computer advice.

Still another option - although, here, some caution is advised - is YouTube and similar video services. The other night, I had an e-mail from a favorite reader asking about monochrome printing on the Mac, also known as grayscale printing.

Yes, you can poke around the print dialogue boxes onscreen to find the answer, or you can go to YouTube, where there's a helpful video on the subject (http://bit.ly/yfXaxf), showing step-by-step instructions with both Apple's Mail.app and Microsoft Word, although the method should work with any Mac application. The video runs for just over two minutes, and you end up with some useful knowledge, again for free.

Some of these things used to be found only through user's groups, which still exists. Mac users in the nation's capital have one of the best such groups: Washington Apple Pi (www.wap.org), which on February 18 will have a tech support and tutorial help clinic at the Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, in Bethesda, Maryland, beginning at 9:30 a.m. If you're struggling with a Mac issue, this is one place where you may find help.

The venerable Capital PC User Group, (www.cpcug.org), appears to be in a transition phase, but its website promises a rebirth during 2012. In its prime, CPCUG was the place for not only tech help, but also demos and even launches of new products, and I certainly hope it will see more active days ahead.

The bottom line, however, is that you don't have to dangle at the end of a telephone support line, or wait in a queue for a store employee, to solve a tech issue. There are other ways of finding answers, and many of these are not only quick, but also highly reliable.

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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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