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 18, 2012 / 26 Iyar, 5772

Summer shopping tips for Dads, grads, and you

By Mark Kellner

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Although Mother's Day is just behind us, the spring/summer gift-giving season still looms large. For graduates and for Dads, a tech gift might loom large. (And, if Mom wasn't happy with the "Hunger Games" book set you presented, something tech-oriented might get you out of the doghouse.)

Here are some suggestions on what to buy - and what you might want to avoid - when shopping.

Do find out what a recipient is using, or would like to use. Someone steeped in Microsoft's Windows operating system might want to switch to Apple Inc.'s Mac OS, but they may not. The reverse is also far less likely to be true, from my experience. But regardless of computing platform choice, knowing what someone's using (and how happy they are) is an important first step, I believe.

If someone wants to switch platforms, an all-in-one device such as a notebook computer or a desktop computer/display combination is, I believe, a good place to start. There are good ones available on the Windows side, and for Mac devotees, the iMac is, of course, a wonderful choice.

One of the challenges with hardware purchases at this time of year, however, is to make sure that whatever you buy is new enough to be usable with the next version of major operating systems. Starting in June, a public "beta" of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 8 is expected to be available, with a release date of October 2012 being anticipated. Apple is due to bring out the next release of OS X, called "Mountain Lion" during the summer, although media reports the past few days suggest it could launch as early as June.

If you buy a brand-new, current-year model PC or Mac this week or next, you should be fine in terms of being able to run these new operating system versions. (It's always a good idea, in my view, to buy machines with as much RAM, or system memory, and as large a hard disc drive, as you can afford.) But if there's a cut-rate offer on a 2011 (or earlier) model, examine the specifications very closely to make sure that what you buy will still be a good deal in a few months.

For those wanting to switch computing platforms, it may be best to wait until that new operating system version is released. At launch, both Apple and computer makers that support Microsoft Windows generally offer some new models with the operating system preinstalled, sparing the hassle of both upgrading and learning new features on top of something you're already learning, which is a new computing environment.

Some of the same principles apply to other tech-related purchases, particularly in the sphere of discounted items. The QVC home shopping network, the other morning, was promoting a Fujifilm digital camera with a 30-power zoom lens. It was a fair bargain, but the QVC host admitted one reason for the sale price was that the product was to be replaced shortly by a new model. If money is truly an issue, I wouldn't worry, but just knowing that something newer and better might be around the corner, I'd wait.

This is, of course, a continuous tension for tech buyers: do you wait for the next new thing, or get something right away? My answer over the years hasn't wavered: if you need it now, get it now. The productivity gains your have while waiting for the next generation product will outweigh most advantages of the new model.

That said, it's also wise to be a bit discerning. If that "bargain" purchase can meet your anticipated needs six months out, great. If you have any hesitancy, hang on, because a little patience might be profitable.

One last gift thought: an e-reader, such as Amazon's Kindle or Barnes & Noble's Nook, are very popular items. But it might be better to get an iPad or a small Android tablet that will support the software readers for either Kindle or Nook titles. Why? Those tablets will allow multiple e-book formats, while the proprietary devices are, largely, just that.

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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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