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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 Sept. 19, 2008 / 19 Elul 5768

Portable pleaser from HP

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's another one of those incomprehensible names — Hewlett Packard dv5t — but the performance is nearly poetic.


Spend $1100 or so on this 15/4-inch display portable and you'll get a middleweight traveling companion that'll rival many larger machines. It's not ultra-light, nor is it ultra-heavy. Goldilocks might term it "just right."


And "just right" is kinda useful in portable computers these days: I keep hearing about wild and wonderful things from this or that manufacturer (Dell Computer keeps promising, but has yet to deliver anything to review), and then, a few months later, the complaints and the wailing erupt: the promise of a portable is betrayed by poor operation or execution of design. If you want some depressing reading, look at the computer magazine surveys for product reliability.


I'm doubtful that many sad tales will be told about the dv5t, however. It seems rugged, well designed and well thought-out. HP, as will be seen in several instances later this year, is putting some effort and some thought into portable design, ergonomics and usefulness. The touchpad on the dv5t does more than move a mouse: slide your finger on the right edge, and you'll scroll up or down a page. There's a Webcam built in the top of the unit's screen, and that makes it a bit easier to reposition.


The dv5t ships with Microsoft Vista Home Premium — at least my test unit did. And while the presence of Vista on a recent HP desktop, the TouchSmart, was a good part of my disappointment, Vista on the portable at least does little harm. Cute Apple Inc. ads aside, people are having real problems with Vista, and users aren't fond of it. That said, Vista is all there is on this new portable, so I suppose we'll have to suck it up and learn to live with it.


But the living isn't all that bad. I installed OpenOffice.org's productivity suite, and Google's Chrome Web browser, and both performed well. The computer didn't hiccup and operations were smooth.


I very much enjoyed the feel of this notebook's keyboard; again, it's a "just right" kind of thing. Years of playing with such keyboards confirms that many have their deficiencies. Now, though, the right combination of keyboard materials and designs seem to be coming together more often. You can spend a fair amount of time pounding away here and not get tired, nor would a new user likely find too many mis-typings in their work.


The display, though not the largest on the market, is highly serviceable and bright. I can see myself sorting and editing photos here, working with word processing easily, and even kicking back to watch a movie or downloaded TV episode.


Then again, downloading entertainment may not be a necessity. Part of the $1,200 price tag is something I'd consider a worthwhile investment: a $100 HDTV tuner and aerial, with a convenient suction cup to attach to a window pane. The picture is stunning and, after Feb. 9 of next year, digital broadcasts will be the only over-the-air TV available here in the U.S.


There are a plethora of options available for the dv5t, of which one, a $250 docking station, will give you extra ports, raise the screen to eye level at a desk, and provide a wireless keyboard and mouse. It's a nice way to make a mobile computer into a home/desktop model.


I would also spend the extra $25 (included in my $1,200 estimate) and get the Intel Wi-Fi adapter. The wireless coverage with this item is more than excellent, and well worth the investment.


This is a portable suitable for college students (albeit those perhaps flush with some summer-job cash) and certainly for many home users and home-business users. I keep smiling when I see HP's portables, because they've yet to disappoint. Details at www.hp.com.

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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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