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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

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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

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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

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April 4, 2014

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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

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Jewish World Review June 1, 2006 / 5 Sivan, 5766

Cracked laptop screen? Fix is in

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's one of the worst experiences any portable computer owner can face: by accident or from carelessness, a portable computer falls to the ground and the screen is cracked, rendered unusable.

Though today's portables are often better constructed than those of earlier years, and with many portable computer cases offering some measure of protection, the fact remains: your laptop's screen can be severely damaged in a drop or fall, making an otherwise-functioning computer crippled or an expensive paperweight.

I've been there, and it's not fun. Now, there's a Houston company that can save the day, if not your sanity.

ScreenTek Ltd. (www.screentekinc.com) grew out of a computer- parts-distributing business, when Chief Executive Fred Pounds, Chief Operating Officer Brandon Bailey and Marketing Director Kevin Bailey saw that laptop-screen replacement was an important, and growing, part of the business.

Where computer manufacturers previously said customers had to spend a lot of money to replace a screen, or simply junk the system and start over, Mr. Pounds and his colleagues saw a better way.

"Laptops are going to break, and when they do, the screen is an expensive item," Mr. Pounds said in a recent interview. "[But] because we specialize, we keep our prices extremely attractive," he added, saying the firm's prices are "25 [percent] to 50 percent lower" than going back to a laptop's maker.

Even though I once built a PC from a kit, fooling with screen replacement seems daunting. How difficult is it? "Typically, all you need is a razor and a screwdriver," Mr. Bailey said. "On the PC side, it's pretty straightforward; on Macs, it's a bit tougher."

The company offers extensive documentation, online videos and "unlimited phone support," Mr. Bailey said.

Though he didn't want to go into details, Mr. Pounds noted that overseas military personnel make up a growing part of the firm's customer base. "[We] currently supply military personnel all around the world, people in front-line situations."

That would seem to reinforce the notion that replacing a screen is something that can be done, if military personnel are attempting it. On the other hand, Mr. Bailey said, even if a manager has his company's information-technology department do the repair work, the fix is made more quickly than sending the machine away for a "vacation" to the manufacturer.

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For those wanting to have the ScreenTek people do the repair, or find a local shop, Mr. Pounds offered a solution. "We have a repair shop network. One of our biggest customer segments is the repair shop industry. We have over 2,000, probably 2,500 shops throughout the world," he said, all of which are linked through the firm's Web site.

You can not only use this service to repair a damaged screen, but also to replace or upgrade an older computer from "transflective" to the new "high gloss" screens popularized by many models, including the new Apple MacBook.

And for all kinds of screens, but especially the high-gloss models, the company has a new cleaning product, PixelClean, which they say handles the job better than anything else on the market.

This is the kind of service you will want to note and keep handy for an emergency repair. It's nice to know there's another option when it comes to fixing a portable computer that otherwise might become scrap. .

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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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