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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

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 6, 2008 / 3 Sivan 5768

Yes, you can take it with you: Slingbox increases remote access

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | " Jonesing for a "Tyra Banks" fix over your lunch break? Feeling compelled to catch an inning of the Nats game between afternoon spreadsheets? Can't live without watching Derek McGinty on that business trip?

Fear not, the Slingbox has arrived. Hook it up to your cable box and wireless router and get set to watch your TV anywhere at home - or just about anywhere on earth with high-speed Internet access.

The Slingbox Pro is a $229 device promising the capability to view your cable or satellite TV programming remotely, using a Windows or Mac computer, certain smartphones and a wired or wireless network connection.

There are practical advantages to this. One is to share a TV signal with computers at home or far away. As long as you have a high-speed Internet connection and the player software, you're ready. The other is to send the signal to a mobile phone. It's a way to carry your home TV service with you.

There's no cost beyond that of the Slingbox hardware and, for Palm-, Symbian- and Windows Mobile-based phones, a one-time cost for a software client. (You can't use an iPhone with the Slingbox, but a BlackBerry client is coming, maker Sling Media says.) This contrasts with the various mobile phone plans that deliver streaming video to a hand-held device: Users of various Palm-based cell phones, among others, can pay a given amount each month, often around $10, to watch Fox News or CNN or ESPN's mobile channel on their phones. But that adds up to $120 per year, every year, plus tax. Compare that with the Slingbox Pro's price, and the $29.99 asked for the mobile client - both one-time fees - and the advantage of the Slingbox strategy becomes apparent.

At first, the task of setting up the device might make you wonder if an engineering degree wouldn't have been a wiser choice in college. There are any number of cable inputs and outputs that you can use to route a television signal not only to that big flat panel in the family room but also to the Slingbox "network" you end up having.

The Slingbox instructions are step-by-step simple but should be tackled only after you have thought things through. The various connection options could yield different results.

For me, the most successful was the combination of S-Video, or standard video, cable from the set-top box to the Slingbox and a separate cable for the audio feed. This brought me the various Verizon digital cable channels, remotely, without hassle.

However, it also would mean that - oops, so sorry, dear - my family-room companion could be subjected to my channel-changing whims. That's OK if you live alone or the rest of the family is away, but not so good if you're trying to make one set-top box do the work of many.

My attempt at using the Slingbox Pro as a second tuner - something the firm's literature says is possible - was less fruitful. The idea is to hook up the coax wire of the cable system and "pass through" the signal to the set-top unit.

Passing through worked; passing along didn't. Verizon's service is dependent upon having access to the cable box for the full range of channels, so I was left with an exceptionally limited range of local stations.

The bottom line is that with the Verizon service, I would need to connect the Slingbox to a separate cable box in order to get the full range of channels available. That would add $5 or $10 to my cable bill, but that may not be an unreasonable amount if I'm aiming for convenience. Many users may already have more than one cable box at home.

More impressive, to me is that the Slingbox can use a home's electrical wiring to network the device with a wireless router if the two are in separate rooms. An $80 option called SlingLink does the trick quite nicely: Using the S-Video setup, I could send a TV signal via Wi-Fi, the home and small-office networking standard, to various parts of my house, even if my wireless router and the Slingbox weren't contiguous.

In operation, the picture quality and especially the sound quality of Slingbox programming was impressive: very good resolution with the S-Video cable, though not high-definition, and stunning stereo sound, especially on music programming.

You can learn more about the Slingbox at www.sling media.com.

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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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