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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 May 4, 2007 / 16 Iyar, 5767

And Google Shall Inherit The Earth?

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | For years, perhaps decades, an image of hegemony stalked the world, with a good chunk of its population fearing global domination by a stealthy, and seemingly omnipresent, force.


No, I'm not speaking about the now-former Soviet Union. Rather, it was Microsoft Corp., the software titan seemingly bent on total domination of the known universe.


Now, however, that fear could be transferred to Google Inc. of Mountain View, Calif. From a tiny search engine acorn, a rather mighty oak has grown. Indeed, the company's name has become a verb: I'll Google that for you.


And so it came to pass that Google search begat other services and tools: online picture sharing, Web-based e-mail, blogging and now word processing and spreadsheets. The latter two are browser-dependent: they're great with Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer, but non-starters with Apples Safari.


Google's mapping feature not only nails down driving directions with nearly flawless perfection, but often shows satellite images of a destination and can create a hybrid map showing street names superimposed on the satellite image of a location. Not only is it cool, but it can help you recognize where you're headed once you get there.


Even more exciting is Google Earth, which takes the satellite images to another level, almost a three-dimensional one. You can rotate photos on X and Y axis, giving a nearly street-level view of a location. Everything's flattened when viewed this way, but you can still make out locations and buildings easily. For example, as any viewer of The West Wing could attest, the top-down view of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. is easy to recognize; turning it produces a pancaked image.


The ability to fly across the globe and zero in on locations — and to do this for free — is an amazing ability, powered by Google's software, as well as its database of satellite images. Yes, you have to be connected to the Internet to make use of Google Earth, but the tariff is well worth it, in my view.


Google Earth works on both Windows and Mac computers; the basic software is free, a more advanced version with GPS device support and higher-resolution printing is $20, not a bad price, Id say. You can download the software at http://earth.google.com, and its certainly worth trying.


ALSO VERY MUCH WORTH TRYING, if you're a Macintosh user, is the public Beta version of Nisus Writer Pro, a full-featured word processor that shuns what some consider the bloat of Microsoft Office, but still delivers a solid set of features. There's full footnoting and endnotes, indexing capabilities, every style you could hope for and — a personal favorite — a "stats" sidebar which offers a running word count of the articles youre typing. The program runs on both Intel-based and older Macs, and its well worth your examination, since it can read and write Office-compatible files.


Details are online at www.nisus.com/pro. I've used Nisus' products for a long time. This new Nisus Writer Pro version is quite delightful, and I urge you to check it out.


SYSTEMAX UPDATE: Last weeks review of the Systemax Pursuit was slightly outdated the moment it hit print: after deadline, as noted on my tech blog, Systemax's publicists announced the firm is now shipping the Pursuit with a faster Intel Core Duo T5200 processor and an upgraded 80GB hard drive. That's good news indeed.

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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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