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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 May 5, 2006 / 7 Iyar, 5766

The next ‘cult’ computer?

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Apple Computer's Mac mini is not only a great little machine, it could well be the next "cult" computer, and not just among the Mac fanatics among us.


It was journalist Leander Kahney, I believe, who coined the phrase "The Cult of Mac" and has turned it into one book, a blog and now a sequel volume, "The Cult of iPod." All this is devoted to, well, people who are devoted to their Macs and iPods. The lengths to which some owners will go is quite amazing.


For a good while, the Mac Cube was the leading "cult" model among Mac users; cute, uniquely styled (or pretty close to unique) and fund to modify and play with, the Cube is a great item. But its day is over, officially of course, and Apple isn't selling Cubes any more; finding one at eBay isn't difficult, though.


The Mac mini is today's Cube, and then some: its Intel Core Duo processors run at frequencies of 1.5 and 1.66 Ghz, versus the 450 MHz PowerPC chips found in the Cube. There's no comparison in performance: the new Mac minis are roughly four times faster than the old Mac mini, introduced a year or so ago. For $600, you can get the "low end" mini with a 60 Gbyte hard disk drive; $800 will get you the 1.66 GHz model and an 80 Gbyte hard drive, and is the model I tested recently. The higher priced model will read and write both CD and DVD discs; the "base" Mac mini will read and write CDs but only read DVD discs.


In operation, the new Mac mini is a speedy performer. It boots quickly, runs smoothly and offers the kind of performance just about anyone would want on a desktop machine. A recent update to the computer's firmware, or embedded software, unlocks the full potential of the Intel Core Duo processor found inside. The performance should be as good, if not better, than a similarly equipped Windows PC.


The new Mac mini also contains Front Row, Apple's multimedia-viewing software, and a remote control. Slide this in near your flat-screen TV, use the right cables and, presto - or so Apple would have you believe - multimedia is yours, not to mention a computer monitor that'll make the neighbors green with envy.


Also included are four USB ports, one Gigabit (high-speed) Ethernet port, and a FireWire 400 port, all of which should supply plenty of connectivity, along with the built-in WiFi and Bluetooth radios. The audio out connector can handle regular and digital audio cables, making it a good source for the optical-capable iPod Hi-Fi.


In short, there's a lot of power in this tiny package. I saw a great responsiveness from the unit, and it was great at running Microsoft Windows, either via Apple's Boot Camp feature or Parallel's Workstation package, which allows for virtual machines side-by-side with the Mac OS.


While I wouldn't want to use the Mac mini to edit a feature film - there are more powerful Macs for that task - I would happily use the Mac mini to edit a feature film's screenplay, my Web page, a scrapbook and more than one podcast. It's a nice little computer that could well be the next cult "hit," especially if what I've seen at http://www.123Macmini.com and other "fan sites" for this tiny wonder.


Aside from the "modders" who get their kicks transforming boxes such as the Mac mini into small works of art (or, as ColorWorks, Inc., does, Ferrari-red colored works of art, see http://www.colorwarepc.com/), I like the Mac mini for what it can do, as much as for what it can become.

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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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