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December 2, 2014

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 June 9, 2006 / 13 Sivan, 5766

MacBook Pro, Supersized

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Apple Computer's 17-inch MacBook Pro is the "Who's-Your-Daddy" version of notebook computing, a digital Cadillac Escalade running the industry's coolest operating system. The model sent for review, list price $3,099, contains 2 Gigabytes of RAM, a 100 Gigabyte hard disk drive, and, as mentioned, the mother-of-all-laptop-computer-displays, in a "widescreen" format movie lovers, video editors and graphics artists may well appreciate.


At the heart of the computer is a 2.16 Gigahertz Intel Core Duo processor, the fastest that Apple has for a portable right now. Indeed, this new MacBook refreshes and replaces the earlier top-of-the-line PowerBook, retaining the sleek lines and backlit keyboard of the former model, while adding a built-in iSight video camera and microphone.


Speed has not seemed an issue with this machine; it's much faster than the older PowerBook that sits on my office desk. The combination of the Intel processor, that huge amount of RAM and a faster 7200-RPM hard disk, all contribute to the fleet performance of this machine. While some purists may note a speed difference when the "Rosetta" feature of the Mac OS X "translates" non-Intel-written applications from their Power PC-based code, I've yet to see it. Then again, my chief "old" programs are the Microsoft Office for Mac suite of applications, and these aren't as demanding as, say, QuarkXPress or some others.


But even if a given program isn't exactly as speedy as the impressive hardware setup should suggest, I've found nothing that would bog this computer down so greatly that it can't run properly. Overall, the MacBook Pro's top dog can certainly "hunt," when it comes to performance.


That said - and with its basic features essentially equal to the other MacBook I've tested, save for the faster Intel processor - the question arises as to why one would want this computer. My answer, frankly, is that this isn't for everyone, and perhaps it shouldn't be.


This computer weighs 6.8 pounds, or 1.2 pounds more than the 15-inch model. While both computers are an inch thick, the larger model is wider and deeper than the 15-inch by about an inch on each side. (Remember, display measurements, 15- or 17-inch, are for diagonal measurements of the screen.)

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In short, you'll need a special case for this computer; your normal messenger bag probably won't do the job. And, yes, you'll "feel" the extra weight after carrying this around for a day or two.


These are not bad things, per se, but they are elements you need to consider. If you edit videos or photographs "on the run," this might be an ideal machine. If I wanted an ultra-cool "desktop replacement" notebook that would, 50 weeks of the year, sit on one desk alone, this would be tempting: the 17-inch widescreen is really, really nice.


Those are exceptional cases, however. Most of us buying Mac notebooks - or any notebooks, for that matter - are looking for computers that are relatively easy to take with us on the road, something we can throw in a bag and run with, if running is required. For those needs, the 13-inch MacBook (no "Pro"), recently introduced but not yet reviewed here, might well be an option. For "professional" users who want more graphics power, the 15-inch MacBook Pro should do nicely, and will be easier to tote around.


Of course, for many of us, these questions are becoming somewhat moot. Our notebook computers are, by and large, desktop replacements, "docked" at work and perhaps at home, connected to larger monitors and external keyboards, mice and other items.


Yet there is a group of people who will need, or appreciate, or just want, the raw power, size and features of this highly versatile computer. For them, it won't be a question of what the large MacBook Pro costs, but rather, of what it's worth.

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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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