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 June 20, 2008 / 17 Sivan 5768

New browsers not yawners

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Perhaps the greatest surprise in the announcement, June 12, of version 9.5 of the Opera Web browser, and the June 17 launch of Firefox 3, is that neither is a snoozer. Both are new products with stuff that'll excite dedicated Web surfers, which is just about all of us, it seems.

Opera, http://www.opera.com, is a longtime favorite of this reviewer. It's compact, fast, and has neat touches such as a "speed dial" page where you can pre-program Web addresses and call them up with a single click. Yes, there are "bookmarks," too, but the speed dial listing is faster, graphical and — it seems to me — a tad more intuitive.

A new feature called "Opera Link" will synchronize your Web settings, bookmarks, speed dial listings and perhaps your 401(k) account balance online with any other Opera 9.5 browser that you're using. The effect is an ability to take "your" Internet desktop with you almost anywhere. Time didn't allow for extensive testing of this, but it seems like a neat idea.

One reason for my time pressure is that there are still some rough edges to the software. It doesn't like Adobe Corp.'s Flash software, at least when I tried to use both Adobe's "Buzzword" online word processor as well as read (or even download) The Washington Times' "e-edition." This strikes as a major flaw — which may be corrected even by the time these words hit print, but one worth noting.

Apart from this, Opera has tons of features, including a built-in e-mail client, that make it worthwhile for evaluating and perhaps using regularly once the kinks are straightened out. As with Firefox, you can't be Opera's price tag, which is "zero." A free download is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and many mobile phone users, as well as possibly those still using the character-based CP/M operating system. Well, maybe not that.

Firefox 3 will attempt to make history on June 17: they want to sett a Guinness World Record for largest number of software downloads in a single day, as noted online at http://www.spreadfirefox.com/.

A final "release candidate" was put out the other day and it's essentially the software you'll download on the 17th if you choose to do so. It's faster and more capable than Firefox 2; pages load more quickly, and password data can be stored easily. Bookmarking a page is now a one-click task, look for the "star" in the address bar. For Mac users, the Firefox interface looks more like that of Safari, which is nice. And, yes, it supports both Adobe Buzzwords and The Times' e-edition Web sites.

Firefox is fast becoming the browser of choice for more and more users on both Windows and Mac systems. It's more stable, in my view, and more secure than many other browsers, and a delightful user experience. It's well worth trying and using.

Whichever browser you use, if you drive a car, check out RepairPal.com, a brand-new Web site, launched June 12, which offers a glimpse behind the curtain of auto repairs. The firm has licensed pricing data for auto parts, has mechanics who estimate repair fees, adjusts labor for geographic locations, and spells it all out in plain language.

I tested the system on three vehicles' needs and found spot-on answers that were detailed and accurate. The explanations and estimates make sense, and help you determine whether a repair is worth it, or if the car needs to be traded in.

The service is free; the firm behind it hopes to make money via advertising and other means of "monetization." I can't say enough good things about it, however: if you drive a car, you absolutely need to investigate the site and learn from it. Ignore RepairPal.com at your own risk!

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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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