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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 2, 2012 / 8 Adar, 5772

An iPad Running Microsoft's Windows - Not As Crazy As It Seems

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Forget the cant of computing purists: something has changed in the space-time continuum and Microsoft Windows 7 now runs, quite happily, on an Apple Inc. iPad tablet.

A new service, OnLive Desktop, will put "as available" access to Microsoft Windows and these applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe Inc.'s Reader, on your iPad for free. Pay $4.99 a month, and the "as available" part goes away; you get priority access to the OnLive system, as well as unlimited Internet Explorer Web access at what the firm calls "breathtaking" speeds. That means an iPad user can access a Website running Adobe's Flash animation software - something Apple banned from the iPad's operating system - and have a blast doing it.

I know this, since I did it last week on a iPad 2 using a Wi-Fi connection. It was an impressive experience.

Other versions of OnLive Desktop are planned to let you add your own Windows applications, to work with enterprise computing systems, and even to run on desktop Macintosh computers and other tablet platforms. OnLive, Inc., the company behind this, even says they'll put Windows on your network-connected HDTV.

The firm says its "patented instant-action cloud gaming technology" is what brings Windows, Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser and the basic Microsoft Office components to the iPad so quickly. The OnLive firm, in a statement, put it this way: "Only the top layer of the currently visible part of a website is ever sent over the local connection. Essentially, OnLive Desktop delivers only what you can see or hear at a given moment, potentially reducing data usage by a factor of 10 or more."

That's a long way of saying this stuff is, well, wicked fast.

Now, that's good for, well, gamers, and parents wanting to keep kids entertained with the Disney Website or some such. But it's also rather good for those of us who need to interact with sophisticated Websites related to jobs or studies or some such, or, for that matter, to be able to watch video more easily.

And there's something else to all this: if you can "virtualize" Windows 7 and the main Office apps for the masses, renting it out, in effect, for $5 a month, where do you go from there? Could a company or federal agency set up their own OnLive cluster to handle computing, revising and updating applications when needed? Theoretically, yes. Once the OnLive service extends to desktop Macs and Android tablets, as well as iPads, then ubiquity takes on a whole new meaning. Workers (and, I suppose, their managers) can more freely decide where to work, on what hardware, and how they like, all while retaining a level of connectivity and collaboration that would otherwise not be possible.

The business/enterprise applications for this are about as varied as the imaginations of the many potential users out there. This kind of a service - because it uses a lower amount of bandwidth than you might expect - can go farther, and do more. When the boundaries of computing are pushed back, amazing things can happen.

As much potential as there is here, some caveats attach to that vista. The OnLive service must have Wi-Fi or 4G LTE cellular data - the latter not yet available on an iPad -- to work. The applications are "rented," which means you can't customize Word to your personal style. Document storage is 2 Gbytes' worth for the free accounts, more (via separate services such as Dropbox) on the "plus" account. A promised "Pro" version, $9.99 a month, will offer 50 Gbytes of free storage. And, again, you're limited right now to some very basic applications.

Also, the experience of using your finger to point at, select, move and operate in Windows takes some getting used to. You can use a Bluetooth keyboard with OnLive's Windows implementation, but not a mouse, which is something of a Windows necessity.

But the speed, beauty and raw power of OnLive Desktop Plus are, to me, worth a $4.99 per month investment. Given the right circumstances, I'd even go for the "Pro" version. This is an exciting harbinger of an even more exciting future. Find more information at http://desktop.onlive.com.

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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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