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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 March 25, 2011 / 19 Adar II, 5771

Browsers that bloom in the Spring

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's Spring and a young person's thoughts turn to … web browsers.

Well, probably not so much, given what you can see on the Mall or any number of nightclubs, but for those whose romance may be online - and for the rest of us - this new season seems to signal the arrival of new and potentially new (i.e., Beta version) tools with which we can surf the Internet.

Microsoft Corp. bowed Internet Explorer 9 the other day. It's Windows-only, and the firm's goal is to move Website developers (and, by extension, site visitors) from older versions to the new one. The sun is setting on Internet Explorer 6, for example, which has an approximately 35 percent share of the browser market in China.

IE9 is nicer too look at than some recent incarnations of IE have been. And pages seemed to load very quickly, using an Acer Aspire Z5700-U3112, reviewed here two months ago (http://bit.ly/dEiqXj). That computer is running Windows 7 Home Premium, one of the operating systems of choice for the browser. Speed is good.

Navigation? Well, that's another question. It may be the newness of IE9, but good luck finding a drop-down menu to open a new browser window. The command is CTRL-N, and perhaps the rest of the world knows this and I don't. But on the off chance that someone else may have a problem, maybe Microsoft could include some blessed menus, ya think?

Overall, I'd give IE9 three stars out of a possible five. It's good, but there are some issues to be addressed - media reports note some users are encountering mysterious IE9 crashes - and there's competition out there.

One of those competitors is Opera Software ASA, the Norwegian firm whose co-founder, Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, dropped by for a chat last Friday (March 18). Mr. von Tetzchner is a happy man: Opera's active user base has gone from 50 million worldwide in 2009 to 170 million at the end of January 2011. Most of that is in the mobile space, especially on Android and other smartphones.

The firm this week is launching new versions of its browsers for mobile devices such as those Android phones and tablet computers. (Opera's mobile browsers are available through Apple Inc.'s App Store, but must first be approved by Apple. For other platforms, Opera controls the rollout schedule.) The products are also available for installation on some Sony, Phillips and Toshiba televisions and Blu-Ray players, making connected TVs more Internet-friendly.

The firm also launched version 11 of its Opera desktop Web browser, for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Opera 11 is a versatile, fast and friendly browser. I like it for most everything, even if it doesn't like The Washington Times' e-edition, or maybe the e-edition doesn't like it. Sigh.

For general Web browsing, however, Opera 11 is a superb program. But, wait, there's still more.

Improvements to Google's Chrome (Mac, Windows, Linux) continue to mount. There's instant translation of foreign-language Web pages, if you want, in the browser, something that requires an add-on in Apple's Safari (Mac, Windows) and Mozilla.org's Firefox. Chrome also seems to be faster these days, but maybe it's just me noticing.

Both Chrome and Safari have pages where application-like extras can be installed, whether to read The New York Times or, in Safari's case, expand the display of YouTube videos automatically or translate Web pages, among many, many others. This is akin to similar features in Firefox, whose new release is also aborning.

Firefox remains one of the most customizable and "extension-friendly" browsers on the planet. Firefox 4 may or may not support all the extensions out there (a final Beta version disabled four of my five extensions), but that should resolve itself quickly as developers update their wares.

It's a good time to surf the Internet, however, since a host of browsing choices await, all free.

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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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