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 July 18, 2008 / 15 Tamuz 5768

Tiny printers aid travelers in need of copies on go

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | DENVER — I am here ahead of Sen. Barack Obama, but he doesn't have to worry about a boarding pass to fly out of this place. I, however, do.

But there's a good chance that I'll be in better shape than I'd feared. Flying Southwest Airlines, passengers are encouraged to log in 24 hours before departure to get a boarding pass. The faster you log in, the higher your place in line.

That's OK at home, but who carries a printer on the road? I've got one here and you might want it, too, since it's rechargeable and weighs only 1.5 pounds. The $299 Printstik, available from online sellers Amazon and maker Planon, is compatible with BlackBerry hand-helds and PCs running Microsoft Windows. Compatibility for Apple Macintosh portables should come in the fall, a spokesman said.

The Printstik looks like a small stick or relay baton, and it utilizes an undefined "advanced printing technology" that seems to me very much like thermal printing.

That means you get crisp monochrome prints, but not color.

Paper is on a roll and feeds out through a front slot; you have to tear off each page. There is also a way to feed single sheets of the special paper used in the Printstik, though I did not test this method.

The "new" features of the Printstik are its size and weight. This is the smallest and lightest portable printer that prints full-sized pages that I've ever seen.

Its clearly designed for road warriors who need certain types of printing, such as boarding passes and receipts, and not others, such as letters, reports and presentations. For that, I'd recommend the larger, heavier and higher-cost Hewlett Packard OfficeJet H470, which will set you back about the same price (if you shop online). It's a larger item, but the HP is meant to replicate the functions of an office-bound inkjet printer.

Having a portable whose uses are a bit restricted might seem like a contradiction, since you might want to have everything in that tiny package. But I can see a lot of arguments for the Printstik. It can fit in your briefcase along with your laptop; the HP would probably merit a separate case. Both portable printers have rechargeable batteries, but the HP's wall adapter is larger.

Setting up the Printstik involves installing software on the host computer, and then "pairing" the computer and printer via Bluetooth. In my test, the experience went well, and I was printing quickly. Battery life seems reasonable, and the cost of "consumables," such as the printer paper, is reasonable: $25 will buy you three rolls of thermal paper, meaning a 41-cents per page price; you can buy the paper for less "on the street," the makers say. Single sheet paper works out to 11 cents a page, the spokesman said.

One thing I've learned in wandering the computing landscape is that not every product is meant for every user. A Mac user, for example, will not have any success with the Printstik until the software is available; those needing full color or high-quality paper will want the HP OfficeJet 470.

But for those of us hoping to catch a flight or needing to dash off a quick receipt, the Printstik could be a blessing in a 1.5 pound package.

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