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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 15, 2012 / 25 Sivan, 5772

When traveling, resourcefulness helps

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | NOF GINOSAR, Israel -- In the evening, a cooling breeze blows onshore from the Sea of Galilee, or the Kinneret, as it's known in Hebrew. During the day, in June, temperatures can climb to over 100-degrees Fahrenheit.

But the air isn't the only thing that can overheat while in the north of Israel. Alongside approximately 300 delegates at a conference here, access to Wi-Fi became non-existent. Yet, it was vital, critical even, that your columnist be able to communicate. What to do?

Struggles with data communications can quickly turn one into a digital "MacGuyver," improvising solutions, and that's what I did here. Using an Apple Inc. MacBook Pro, some software and the iPhone 4S, I was able to get some critical items out via e-mail, even if the price tag will be a bit high.

Here's what I did, plus the how and why: from my Mac, I selected the items that needed to go out. Using a synchronization cable (supplied with the iPhone), I fired up the $19.95 PhoneView program (http://www.ecamm.com/mac/phoneview/) to move files from the Mac to the iPhone, and specifically to the FTP Client Pro software described here a few weeks back.

Once on the phone, I selected the desired files and either, in the case of text, copied and pasted into the body of an e-mail, or with photos, attached them to a message and hit the onscreen "send" button.

Apple's iTunes offers similar file-transfer capabilities, but I chose PhoneView because it's also handy for transferring a variety of files in the opposite direction, from the phone to the computer, including photos, video and voice memo recordings, among others.

Sending the essential emails required using mobile data, and I have the feeling that a nice, large bill will result. That said, the work had to be done, and that necessitated the effort.

As I write, Wi-Fi service is much better, and free, which means giving my wallet a rest for the time being.

APPLE'S NEW PRODUCTS: Half a world away from my data connection problems, Apple Inc. announced a raft of new and updated items. Chief among these is the new MacBook Pro notebook computer, now featuring a "Retina display" screen with very high resolution.

How high? Here's Apple's explanation: "over 5 million pixels, 3 million more than an HD television. At 220 pixels-per-inch, the Retina display's pixel density is so high the human eye cannot distinguish individual pixels from a normal viewing distance, so text and graphics look incredibly sharp."

I'm using an iPad with the Retina display, and can attest to the sharpness it provides. To have this on a portable computer is quite an accomplishment. But there is a price: the basic MacBook Pro with Retina display will set you back $2199, which is $400 more than a regular, 15-inch display screen model. Climb the ladder of memory and solid-state storage and you can expect to pay much more.

However, the raw power of a solid-state (or "flash memory") drive and the stunning quality of the Retina display will place this product in a class of its own. For those who work with images, video or design, and have to do so on the run, this may become an essential part of their toolkit. The rest of us can just drool and save up our dollars.

Apple also announced the July arrival -- no date specified, however -- of the Mountain Lion release of Mac OS X, the firm's desktop/notebook operating system. If you're running Lion, the current OS X version, the upgrade will cost $19.95. Users of older Mac OS versions will have to upgrade to Lion first, and for those squeezing out life from the old PowerPC-based Mac line, that would involve buying a new Mac entirely.

According to Apple's announcement, Mountain Lion offers additions such as "Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing ... Dictation, Power Nap, AirPlay Mirroring, Game Center and the enhanced security of Gatekeeper." Later this year, Apple promises an update that will include "Facebook integration," making it easier to connect with your online "friends."

Many of these features -- messages, which let's you send SMS or text messages to cell phones and other mobile devices; dictation, which lets you, well, dictate text into some applications such as e-mail; and the "Game Center," which groups games together -- come from the firm's iOS, the operating system for the iPhone and iPad. The Dictation feature is particularly useful: it requires no training and is rather accurate. (Proofreading is advised, however, to avoid embarrassing mistakes. Trust me.)

The conclusion I would, with respect, draw from the Mountain Lion announcement is that Apple is moving towards an integration of its desktop and mobile computing environments. As was asked here last week with Microsoft Windows, might Mountain Lion be Apple's "last" desktop-only OS?

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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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