In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 27, 2011 / 23 Iyar, 5771

Apple's $1,199 all-in-one shines where rivals stumble

By Mark Kellner

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There are certain "truths" that are supposedly settled, among them being the notion that anything Apple Inc. produces is not only better than its competition, but also more expensive, sometimes almost prohibitively so.

Leave it to Apple, then, to disprove that assertion, and in a rather nice fashion. The recently released $1,199 "base" model of its iMac desktop computer, an all-in-one, or AIO, model containing display, disc drives, processor and electronics, all residing in a nice aluminum case on a tilt-stand, sells for about 13 percent more than the lowest price I found on a competitive Windows-based AIO PC. The Windows machine has a 23-inch screen versus the iMac's 21.5-inch display (using diagonal measures for each), but it also had some shortcomings.

The Apple iMac I'm testing has almost no shortcomings. It is about as flawless a computer product as I've seen in nearly 30 years (yikes!) of writing computer reviews, going back to the now-ancient AT&T PC-6300, a 1983 vintage machine some readers may recall.

The words "about as flawless" are not offered lightly: out of the box, this computer has enough processing power (a 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 processor, a "quad core" computer brain), RAM (4 Gbytes) and graphics (an AMD Radeon HD 6750M card with 512 Mbytes of dedicated RAM) to be more than adequate for most home, student and small business tasks. If, however, you're a work-at-home engineer running advanced design software, or if your "small business" is involved in video editing or animation, this particular computer might not be for you. The rest of us, however, could get along quite well. (Those wanting more than a 500 Gbyte hard drive will do well to spend an extra $300 for the next-higher model, with a 1 Terabyte hard disc and somewhat faster processor and video card.)

Users with even greater needs -- the aforementioned engineers and home-based animators -- will want to move towards the upper reaches of the iMac line, for units with 27-inch displays, the larger hard drives, more RAM and still-faster CPUs. Apple, in a briefing Monday, called such people "prosumers," a cross between "professional" and "consumer."

For this "base" model, however, I could see someone with more basic needs getting quite a bit of use out of the $1,199 version. Out of the box, it offers the Mac OS and the latest version of iLife, Apple's photo/music/video/Web software. Add the $79 iWork package (word processing, spreadsheet, presentations) and you'd be pretty much set for most tasks. If you must have Microsoft Office, add $120 for the "business" version of Office 2011.

So for somewhere between $1,280 and $1,400 (hardware and suggested software), you're up and running with an elegant looking, smooth performing computer that has a bunch of neat features, such as a Gigabit Ethernet connection, capable of handling high-speed wired Internet connections, a bunch of USB ports, built-in wireless networking and Bluetooth connectivity. The audio quality is great, the display is visually stunning, and the built-in video camera can shoot 720p high-definition video as well as support Apple's FaceTime videoconferencing software. Even at the "low end," this computer packs a multimedia wallop.

There's also a new, Intel Corp.-developed "Thunderbolt" port to which a daisy-chain of external storage devices and certain kinds of display adapters can be connected. It's nice, but there's not much in the way of hardware available now that the owner of the most-basic iMac will find that takes advantage of Thunderbolt's specific speed features.

As mentioned here last week, I did have trouble milking every last megabit out of my wired connection to Verizon's 150 Megabits-per-second FiOS service, but a solution may yet be found to that dilemma. And, as they say on the car commercials, your mileage may vary.

All told, this is a very nice package. I'm seriously tempted to get one for a family member. Put one in your office or den. Send this model off to college with your newly minted high school grad, and hope they bring it home safely in a couple of years for you to use in the kitchen. You'll both be thrilled.

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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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