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December 2, 2014

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 29, 2011 / 27 Tamuz, 5771

How (not) to choose a computer for college

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It may be broiling hot outside, but the thoughts of many of our nation's youth are on the beginning of college in a few weeks. Off to the halls of academe they will go, clutching something I couldn't have imagined in my Pleistocene Era college career: a portable computer.

But which platform to select? What to buy? What if my school mandates something?

I'll get to mandates in a moment, but let's consider, first, which computer platform might be best for the fall rush. Here's an unambiguous answer: it depends.

There's no doubt that computers running Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 7 operating system are, generally less expensive than Apple Inc.'s line of portables, the lowest-priced of which begins at $999. You can get a very good Windows-based machine for half that, or less. On the economic side, then, it would appear to be a no-brainer: get the Windows machine.

Life is more than mere economics, however, with apologies to Milton Friedman and Arthur Laffer. Windows computers are inexpensive, at their base level, but be certain your comparisons are equivalent. A Windows laptop with 2 Gbytes of RAM and a 350 Gbyte hard disk drive is less money than a Mac equivalent, but if the Mac starts you out with 4 Gbytes of RAM, a better display screen and greater reliability, the price differential might be worth it.

There are many good PC brands out there: I favor machines from HP, Acer and Toshiba; many friends have had success with Dell, but others - well, they're more likely to swear at a Dell laptop than swear by one. Sony is also well regarded in some circles, though their models seem a bit pricey for my taste.

You can, of course, buy just about any kind of laptop running the Macintosh OS X operating system you want - so long as it's made by Apple, Inc. The firm will not license OS X for other makers to use. That's their choice, and so far it's served them well in terms of consistency and reliability. It does limit some consumer options, however.

The tradeoff seems to be worth it, however, inasmuch as Apple's products routinely and consistently top the quality and user satisfaction surveys ... conducted by PC-oriented magazines and Web sites. In fact, I have one very good friend who insisted on an Intel-based Apple MacBook, so she could run Windows on it peacefully!

But customers of Apple generally tend towards the Mac OS, and here, I believe, is a key advantage. OS X, as has long been discussed, is built on a core of the UNIX operating system, one of the most rock-solid OSes known to humankind. It's less susceptible, though not impervious, to virus and bot attacks, and this inherent stability is something many users cherish.

What of Linux, you ask? Yes, this is also a UNIX-based operating system, and, yes, you can get inexpensive laptops running Linux. But the range of applications for Linux is somewhat limited; the Mac platform, and certainly Windows, have exponentially more useful applications available than does Linux.

Along with a stable operating environment, and more applications people might actually wish to use, the Mac offers an additional, concomitant advantage: because Apple alone makes the devices OS X runs on, the hardware tends to be more uniform. With fewer different devices and subcomponents to support, OS X has an easier go in life. (Try finding a Windows device driver for an esoteric video card and you'll understand what I mean.)

Things are, and will have to, move towards greater uniformity on the Windows side, I believe. At some point, a given version of Windows will have to "sunset" certain devices and hardware that's older than the late Milton Berle's joke catalogue. But until then, the Mac has a clear advantage, in my opinion.

How to bridge the price gap? Buy used from an online seller such as Small Dog Electronics (http://www.smalldog.com/), where you can save money. Apple's online store (http://store.apple.com) and Apple's retail stores often have "refurbished" models, or very recently discontinued ones, at lower prices. You can buy these with extended warranties, if desired, to take the worry level down.

And if your school mandates a given platform, get the best deal you can, which may not be in the college bookstore. Caveat emptor really applies here.

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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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