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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 Oct. 20, 2006 / 27 Tishrei, 5767

First Impressions: Ubuntu, BlackBerry Pearl

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Two new items arrived this week. While each has been on hand too briefly for a full review, some first impressions may be interesting.


Ubuntu (www.ubuntu.com) carries a subtitle: "Linux for human beings," which is a refreshing premise after my first encounter with the OS some six years ago. Back then, you could put Linux on a desktop computer, but only with a great deal of technical skill or someone to show you the way. The applications available for this "open source" operating system - i.e., one whose basic code is available to anyone to use, modify or improve - were not as plentiful as they are now. Nor were they as good, at least compared with the Windows and Mac alternatives of the time.


Much has changed since then. OpenOffice.org has, as noted here once or twice, released several revised versions of the Microsoft Office-compatible productivity suite. These programs work quite well, as compatible with the current versions of Office, and have a raft of good features. The Firefox Web browser is available on Linux and runs as well as it does on the other platforms. If you want to edit photos in Linux, try GIMP, the GNU Image Manipulation Program; it works very much like Adobe Corp.'s great (and expensive) Photoshop.


OK, you say, but you don't have a Linux computer. You do now: get the appropriate Unbuntu Linux distribution (for PCs, for Macs or for 64-bit processors) free via download or postal mail, sent free when you order online. Pop the CD into your machine. Restart the computer. And, if all goes well, you should be running Linux; the original OS remains undisturbed. Of course, you can also just install Ubuntu over your existing operating system, wiping it and your data away, or you can repartition your hard drive to support both systems.


I've used Ubuntu on two Macs, booting from the CD. Both work well; you can run Open Office or Firefox easily. On my home Mac, the software to play movies and music files didn't do as well; at the office, I didn't go that far. But the price, which is zero, is right, and if you backup your files from an old PC before moving to a new one, you might well find new life for the old box using Ubuntu. I'll keep working with it and let you know my progress.


RESEARCH IN MOTION takes their name very seriously. Creators of the BlackBerry (stet) handheld communicator, they're continuing to research smaller ways of packaging their technology, such as the $349 list priced BlackBerry Pearl, currently available through T-Mobile.


It's tiny - not much taller than a credit card - and it's delightful in many ways. The phone's call quality is very good; you can use a Bluetooth headset with it; and there's a built-in camera that takes 1.3 megapixel images. There's e-mail, of course, and because it's a BlackBerry, messaging is a delight.


The phone does take some getting used to. Navigation includes a built-in trackball, and getting acclimated to that may require some effort. The dialpad is nestled inside a "QWERTY" keyboard, and while there's a form of predictive analysis to help complete words based on letters pressed, there's a learning curve.


As with many devices, the BlackBerry Pearl will play music and videos. The sound quality of the internal speaker is, well, amazing.


But overall, the phone, currently marked down to $199 after instant and mail-in rebates for new T-Mobile contracts, is rather attractive. My greatest fear would be losing something so small. For more on that, and other device features, stay tuned.

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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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