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 22, 2011 / 20 Tamuz, 5771

Apple's new ‘Lion’ operating system purrs, doesn't yet roar

By Mark Kellner

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It was perhaps one of the most quiet launches in computer software history: the July 20 debut of Apple Inc.'s Mac OS X "Lion," usually a cause for long lines outside of Apple retailers or anxious waiting for the FedEx truck, crept in, as Robert Frost said of the fog, "on little cat feet."

The launch of the new operating system occurred around mid-morning that day, with a link posted on the firm's "App Store," where software applications are now often traded. For $29.99, less than one-third the cost of predecessor upgrade "Snow Leopard," you get about 3.5 Gbytes of a new OS, delivered via your internet connection. Don't even think about trying this with dialup service.

All told, it took me about an hour - maybe a tad longer - to download and install Lion after it was released. And this was via the crowded Ethernet-based network at my day job; Lion didn't pounce in time to try it at home, where super-high speed FiOS awaits. Installation really was "clean," no major incidents or outages, and two of my main applications (Microsoft Word 2011, Google's Chrome Web browser) are working contentedly, although it did take two tries before Word manifested itself properly.

The biggest task, so far, of the upgrade was the updating of data files, i.e. mail messages, used by Apple's Mail.app, the technical file name for the Mail program. It took about an hour for the application to go through my mail files and get them ready for the new version; in the four hours since then, the program's downloaded about one-fifth of the 155,000 messages in my Google Gmail account.

Those are the technical highlights so far. It's important to note that this upgrade, like the last, is restricted to Macs using Intel Corp. processors, meaning PowerPC chip-based Macs are now even further out in the digital cold. And, you need to have had Snow Leopard to upgrade to Lion, so doing both could set you back around $150 or so. (A hint: buy Snow Leopard at an online seller such as Amazon.com to save a few dollars.) Customers, who buy new Macs from July 20 onwards, presumably from an Apple retail store and/or Apple's online mart, will receive units with the new-new operating system.

In operation, OS X Lion seems to be rather smooth. Apart from needing to reinstall the Java software package to make some extras run, there have been no hiccups. I already have updates for iTunes and Apple's Remote Desktop Update installed; the App Store app tells me there's another update for Keynote, Apple's presentation software, that's mine for the asking.

In short, this is pretty standard stuff for the arrival of a new OS version, whether it's Mac or Microsoft Windows, although more drama has attended new editions of the latter in recent years. You get a new operating system and some stuff has to be made compatible.

At the end, everything is better, or so one hopes. A big part of Lion are the use of various gestures, generally on a trackpad, that can zoom in on part of a Web page or a photograph viewed in Apple's Preview viewer, or zoom out if desired. Another swipe will show all available windows and let you then select and click on the one you want to view. Still another gesture will shift from a "desktop" view to Apple's Dashboard, where tiny programs called "widgets" can perform various tasks.

Also interesting is Launchpad, a way of viewing available program icons as you do on Apple's iPad tablet. This may yet show its full potential; I wonder if Apple isn't prepping a touch-sensitive notebook or desktop Mac or perhaps a "super" iPad that'll run a full OS X implementation. That's a guess on my part, but otherwise I don't see as much use for Launchpad as some might.

The upgrade to Lion is worth is for most Mac users, although some who depend on older software programs, such as the old Quicken for Mac, will want to export their data before switching. Under Lion, Mac apps that used the "Rosetta" emulator are orphaned, and thus the information they contain is unreachable.

Such is the cost of progress, except this time it's also under $30. I'll have more to say about Lion's new features in a week or two.

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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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