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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. 19, 2007 / 7 Mar-Cheshvan 5768

Finding perfect E-mail

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The concept of finding the "perfect" e-mail solution begs a question: aren't there people who want to get AWAY from e-mail altogether? That may be so, but for the rest of us, dealing with electronic messages is a necessary fact of life.

That said, how can you balance work and private needs, keep everything together when needed and keep it separate when required? I would propose two solutions: software and online services.

On the software front, things are looking up. The 2007 edition of Microsoft Office (for Windows-based PCs) offers more than enough tools for managing e-mail, especially when it comes from a corporate server running Microsoft's Exchange program. Don't want to pay for Office 2007? Mozilla.org's Thunderbird is a very robust program which also has support from a range of developers offering add-ins to make your e-mailing easier. Thunderbird is also probably the best bet among the passel of competing programs for the Linux platform, again, because of its wide support community.

For users of Apple's Macintosh, the firm's Mail.app will pick up some new features, probably at the end of this month, when the next version of OS X , code named "Leopard," bows. Here, the greatest advancements, according to Apple's Web site, will involve integrating e-mail with your computer's calendar, as well as to-do items and online "news feeds" such as those provided by The Washington Times' RSS, or "really simple syndication" services (available via the newspaper's Web site).

Putting these things together in one place will simplify communication and give Mail.app more ammunition to compete with Microsoft Corp.'s Entourage, which will undergo its own renaissance in January, if all goes according to plan. I haven't been briefed by Microsoft on their soon-coming Office 2008, but will be in early November. I have high expectations that the new Mac "Office" will include many of the improvements Office 2007 brought to Windows users.

But software is key: getting the right program, learning its ins and outs, will help you categorize and simplify e-mail quite a bit. As someone who deals with at least 200 e-mails in a given day, I know how important that level of control can be.

To solidify that control, however, you need to separate and segregate the kinds of e-mail you receive. It's not cool to have work e-mail come to your private account, or personal notes show up in your corporate e-mail. In the latter case, it can become truly problematic: hit the wrong key, and that rather intimate note from your significant other can suddenly become the water-cooler topic in offices worldwide. That's happened more than once in recent years; now, experts are saying such e-mails could be "discoverable" in legal proceedings and that firms could be held liable, in some instances, for the e-mails their employees send.

That's why I have a Google Mail (mail.google.com) account, along with some other personal ones. It takes discipline and determination to keep things in order, but it's to your advantage.

What's more, Web-based e-mail can feed into a desktop software program such as Thunderbird, Microsoft Outlook or Entourage, or Apple's Mail.app. This lets you read, write and send such messages with a familiar program, instead of having to fire up the Web browser.

For those who want to make utterly certain that they do not run afoul of any corporate (or agency) strictures, perhaps the best course is to make sure you do no personal e-mail at work, on a computer or Internet service you do not, personally, own or pay for. I would imagine this is a requirement in certain places, but it's also a good idea for anyone in a new work situation.

Now, if only someone could come up with a surefire way to block all those, ahem, "pharmaceutical" e-mail I keep getting!

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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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