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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

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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

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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 August 27, 2010 / 17 Elul, 5770

Accessories, after the Mac

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's often an afterthought, but the accessory items that either come with your computer or are added on after purchase, can become quite important. Apple, Inc., recently launched a couple of products well worth looking at, albeit if you're a Mac user.

Together, the two products, Apple's $69 Magic Trackpad and $29 Battery Charger, may well epitomize wonkishness, but in a good way.

The Magic Trackpad - honest, gang, I didn't make up that name - is what it says it is: a trackpad, just like the ones you'll find on Apple's more recent portable computers. Except, this isn't attached to a computer. It sits on the desktop and connects wirelessly, via Bluetooth, to your computer.

The Trackpad performs all the functions of a mouse, and then some. You can "swipe" to move across pages on the screen, or move your finger up and down to scroll. The whole pad surface is a "button," which you can press with one finger to click on something, or with two fingers to invoke the "mouse menu" found in most applications (commands such as "Cut," "Copy," "Paste" and so forth). I've used Apple's Magic Mouse for quite some time, and the Magic Trackpad (is that the 70's rock duo "Pilot" I'm hearing?) is just as functional and just as easy to learn.

One of the things that Apple is big on, apparently, is making the human/machine interface super easy, which is why, I'm guessing, the iPhone relies on your finger as a stylus, and why the "Magic" items, mouse and trackpad, are so finger-centric. It's a smart move, in my opinion: just about everyone has fingers, and we all certainly know how to use them.

The crucial question in using the Magic Trackpad, though, is whether or not it makes your work move more quickly or more easily. The answer seems to be, "yes." I've had the Trackpad at my day job for a few days now, and it's gotten quite a workout. Working with it is as fast, if not faster, than using the Magic Mouse, and, again, it was an intuitive transition.

The downside for Windows PC users, however, is that Apple doesn't have Magic Trackpad software or drivers for that platform. This might inspire someone to come up with such software, or perhaps a firm such as Microsoft or Logitech to develop a trackpad that works on both platforms.

But if you're a Mac user, especially if you work a lot in graphics, video or music editing, and other mouse-intensive areas, the Magic Trackpad might well be just your cup of tea.

I've yet to mention how the Magic Trackpad is powered, but you might guess: two "AA" batteries will do the trick. And while Costco might cancel my membership for saying this, buying those blessed batteries over and over again is a royal pain, not to mention an ecological challenge. That's where the Apple Battery Charger, $29, comes in.

This device is simple: take two rechargeable AA cells at a time, place them in the charger, plug the charger into an electrical outlet, and wait a while. Voila: two charged batteries, and you're ready to trackpad or mouse away. Apple supplies a total of six rechargeable AAs in the package, and the charger is tiny, easily portable and works well. Its wall plug can slide out and be replaced by other Apple-sold plugs for use overseas, so charging on the go shouldn't be a problem. It's a good product, and the price is certainly reasonable.

HP PRINTER UPDATE: About a month back, I lamented a lack of full wireless compatibility between a Hewlett Packard OfficeJet Pro 8500 and my desktop computer. The problems seem to have resolved themselves: I was able to wirelessly scan a document from the printer to the computer today, and, as I write, the computer is importing about 1,100 photos from an SD memory card inserted in the printer's card reader. The import is slow, but appears to be working.

I'm still not totally thrilled with the 8500 - there's still the envelope printing hassle of no single-slot feeder - but I'm feeling a bit better about the device now.

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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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