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Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

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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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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

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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 15, 2007 / 29 Sivan, 5767

Bizzaro world?

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Fans of certain comic books, and one particular episode of the hit sitcom "Seinfeld," will know about "bizzaro world," a parallel universe in which up seems down and vice appears to be versa. As the temperatures rise there seems to be a bit of a parallel universe opening up in the computer biz, too.


Is the sky falling? Hardly, but there seems to be something of a malaise in the Windows-based computer industry. I don't see the kinds of things happening which might be expected right about now, such as a buoyancy in the business.


The launch of Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system earlier this year was nice, but no groundbreaker. There's not been the kind of rush to Vista that many had hoped for, even if it's practically the only kind of operating system you can get on that new system from the "big box" wholesale club or over at Best Buy. I've just not seen the kind of jubilation that has attended earlier launches of Windows versions, either in the stores, or from corporate boardrooms.


Vista is a very nice operating system, and it's performed well on the computers I've used that run it. However, it's not really revolutionary, nor does it promise the kind of performance or convenience gain one would hope for in a major operating system upgrade. That may be part of the reason for a lack of excitement.


Indeed, the companies that once dominated the PC business are having some problems, to say the least. IBM Corp. sold its PC hardware business to China-based Lenovo. That's fair enough, give the once-Big Blue's interest in software and services. Readers may recall, however, that it was IBM which invented the PC, so that departure stings just a bit.


Dell Inc. dropped its CEO, Kevin Rollins, rather unceremoniously earlier this year. As with IBM shedding a business unit, such a decision is that of management, and shareholders can decide, via their proxies, whether it was wise or not. At the same time, it should be noted that Dell is being rather scarce in providing review units of its computers: I've been promised something for more than a year, and yet, nothing's arrived. Their loaner fleet may be overtaxed, but I do wonder when a company does things like that. I wonder even more when I hear of the constant complaints individual Dell users - coworkers at my last two day jobs — have had about the systems they have to use.


While Hewlett Packard's HP and Compaq brands are doing well - both nameplates appears on some very good machines these days, the firm seems to be alone in its field, which isn't always an encouraging sign, in my view. It would be nice to see some other firms come and play in the same arena with the same level of quality. So far, though, it hasn't really happened, except with niche players such as Alienware and Voodoo, which, in turn, were bought by bigger firms such as HP and Dell.


Where will all this leave the computer market? I don't know, at present. But it's worth imagining that the graphical, solid, Unix-based and user-friendly Apple Macintosh OS X runs on the same processors most Windows PCs use. Some tweaking from Apple could "liberate" the OS to run on those computers.


A move like that would ignite some activity in the PC business, and pronto. And it would be interesting, not to mention ironic, to see Apple wake up the PC playground. The likelihood of that happening any time soon is slim, but those on the industry's sidelines, dejected as Redskins fans in January, might yet cling to some hope.

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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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