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 Oct. 27, 2006 / 5 Mar-Cheshvan, 5767

Internet Explorer, Again

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's the season for new/old releases — "Casino Royale" is due in theatres again, this time as Ian Fleming's original drama, not a comic pastiche — so it should be little surprise that Internet Explorer, Microsoft's "original" Web browser is appearing in a new form: slayer of Firefox.

Well, if 007 can be reinvented as a blonde, why can't an old software "dog," as some users would call it, learn a few new tricks? Along with dressing up the interface to Internet Explorer, or IE as it's widely known, this new version 7 is said to offer some greater security and anti-phishing (stet) features designed to help safeguard users against attempts to steal their personal information and, thus, their identities.

I haven't tried the phishing-protection features just yet, as I try to stay away from any such sites overall. But the security seems to be good: I was able to log onto my online banking portal without hassle; ditto for Google's Gmail service as well as other secure sites. It would appear that security in IE 7 is good; though time will tell whether hackers and other nefarious types will succeed in breaking through somehow.

At the same time, IE still works with the Google and AOL toolbars that had been installed on a previous version. Bookmarks carry over as well, as you might expect. And the general user interface hasn't changed: the screen looks a little cleaner, but "Ctrl-L" will still open a window where you can enter the next Web address you'd like to visit.

One test I made with IE 7 was on a three-year-old computer running an Intel Pentium III CPU at 1.33 GHz. There are newer and faster machines on the market, and several are on loan here. But it's nice to see that a rather new piece of software still ran nicely on an older system.

In operation, IE7 performs well. Its default home page is for services offered under the "Windows Live" banner, and those services are chiefly Web based. Some, such as Windows Live Mail are perhaps capable of growing into full Web services; others, such as news and weather headlines are more informational. Either way, Microsoft apparently is positioning this software to take advantage of such services, which only makes sense. Many software makers are repositioning themselves to deliver "subscriptions" to programs via the Web, making updates — and price increases — easier to deliver.

But that's cynical, to say the least. Right now, Internet Explorer 7 delivers a satisfying Web experience with what seems to be better security and ease of use. No number of security features, however, will make up for common sense, and any Internet user would do well to bring a highly refined skepticism to their online travels. If an offer sounds too good to be true, if an "official" looking Web site asks for too much information (your bank card's personal identification number, or PIN, is one such example), then you need to run to the hills.

Overall, though, the Internet remains a good place to buy and sell and research and learn. To do this, you need a good, reliable guide to the "terra incognita" you might find out there, and Internet Explorer 7 seems to be such a guide. You can find it at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/default.mspx.

At the same time, I bring a similar skeptic's eye to Web browsers that I do to the Web overall, which is why the latest version of Mozilla Firefox (www.getmozilla.org), is always on my computer, too.

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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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