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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 August 26, 2011 / 26 Menachem-Av, 5771

Peripheral thinking can yield great results

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Whatever you buy when you buy a computer, the main system itself is but one aspect of the purchase. There are, even a novice will soon discover, accessories and add-ons that make a simple PC into a truly useful tool.

With the burgeoning market for all-in-one PCs and Apple, Inc.'s iMac, as well as notebook computers by the carload, the question of a separate display may be less important than it once was. Items such as an extra (or different) keyboard, external speakers, even headphones for listening while traveling - all these and many others are worth considering when computer shopping this fall.

Two suggestions, based on recent tests.

BOSE COMPANION 20 SPEAKERS: A few weeks back, I suggested Antec's Sounscience Rockus speakers, list price $199, were worth a look. They still are a decent value, but the true audiophile - and many of the rest of us - will think twice, perhaps three times, if privileged to hear the incredible sound of the Bose Companion 20 speakers, a compact duo that'll compliment any desktop (or notebook) computer and deliver the kind of sound that, well, only Bose can.

Four years ago, I was astonished when Bose demonstrated its Computer MusicMonitor speakers at its Framingham, Mass., headquarters. The Companion 20 speakers, bowing at $249, or $150 less than the MusicMonitor's original price tag, are every bit as good, if not better, than the four-year old model, now selling for $299.

As with any audio product I examine, the key is to see how many notes and elements of a particular piece of music are heard when a given piece is played. Whether it's Beethoven's 7th Symphony, as recorded by the great Herbert Blomstedt and the Dresden Staatskapelle, or Duffy's soulful "Mercy," or Herb Alpert's theme for the 1967 James Bond satire "Casino Royale," and just about anything in between, the Companion 20 speakers bring out incredible sound from a small package. Crank up both the PC and speaker volume and you could easily fill a room. Play something that's thumping enough and the U.S. Geological Survey might register another seismic event.

I exaggerate, but only slightly. The Bose product does what computer speakers are supposed to do, and then some: reproduce sound so faithfully that it's at times a bit scary to imagine so much power in so compact a package. Unlike the aforementioned Rockus, the Companion 20 speakers need no separate subwoofer to produce amazing bass, and the Bose speaker's control module even offers an input for your iPad or iPhone, and a headphone jack.

For $50 more than the next-nearest competitor, Bose manages to swamp anything else out there in the marketplace. The Companion 20 speakers are likely to be an in-demand item during the holidays. I, for one, wouldn't wait that long to buy them. Details at www.bose.com.

MICROSOFT WIRELESS KEYBOARD 2000: Getting a new, or different keyboard for your computer is almost a given, it seems. Many of us want to swap out whatever comes with our computer, or we want to have something available when the notebook is "docked" on our desktop, or whatever.

My personal obsession (albeit limited) is for the "Calculator" key found on each of the many Microsoft Corp. keyboards I've used over the years. One press, on either Mac or Windows, and the calculator program pops up, ready for instant use. Apple's keyboards lack this feature and while one could program a function key to mirror this, it's a hassle.

But the calculator button is the only good feature of the $29.95 Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 2000. I've used it for a number of weeks, and no matter what I do, the wireless connection between keyboard and computer is spotty at best. I've swapped out the tiny "AAA" batteries, and when the connection goes, it's gone. Removing and replacing the transceiver, the little device that transmits the keyboard's signals to the computer is a help, but it's a king-sized bother. I'll wait for a better wireless keyboard than this one, even if the price is nice.

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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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