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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 Nov. 3, 2006 / 12 Mar-Cheshvan, 5767

Shopping for the future

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I suppose it hit me the other day when, in a grocery store, I noticed the Egg Nog in the daily case - days before Halloween. The notion that holidays are coming early this year now means holiday shopping begins sometime around, well, the Fourth of July.


Or so it seems.


Whenever you get ready to do your shopping, here are some thoughts about getting the right computer for someone else, or if you just want to give yourself a gift.


First, plan for the future - the near future, that is. Sometime in 2007, and probably sooner than we expect, Microsoft Corp. will ship Windows Vista, its new operating system. You'll need a CPU chip running at a minimum of 800 MHz for the basic Vista system, and 1.33 GHz for Vista's higher-end configurations. Memory should be at least 512 Mbytes, but a Gigabyte of RAM is required at the high end. You'll need a highly capable graphics processor, and a minimum 40 GB hard disk drive, and a DVD-ROM drive for the top Vista installation.


These are not impossible configurations; the PC at my left seems to meet them. But you'll want to check out Microsoft's Web site, www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/, to make sure that you've got - or are buying - the hardware you need.


This is not limited to PC owners, of course. If buying an Apple Mac for the holidays, you'll want to get one that can run the next generation of Mac OS X, code named "Leopard." The good news is that since Apple makes the hardware and the OS, their current models should do fine. Buying used? Intel processor-based Macs with lots of RAM are your best bet, in my opinion.


Second, plan for expansion - if you want to. There are tiny PCs and tiny Macs that'll make great adjuncts to your living room big-screen TV, and if you get one with enough RAM and hard disc space, then you'll be fine. Otherwise, buy a computer with room for growth: additional memory, an upgradeable hard disc, and other changes.


Third, check for ports, the more the merrier. If you plan to hook up a bunch of things to your computer, it's important, even vital, to have as many connections on the device as possible. Yes, you can get a USB "hub" to attach, but those generally require their own power source and become cumbersome. Smooth and streamlined is the way you want to go. If you can get internal wireless radios for both Wi-Fi networking and Bluetooth-based accessories such as keyboards and mice, by the way, using the computer in the rec room will be easier.


Fourth, make sure your computer has the best video output. VGA is fine, but XGA and above are better: the higher the resolution, the easier it'll be on your eyes, particularly on larger monitors. Again, think "living room," because that's where I believe a lot of hardware will end up, even if it's a year or two from now.


Fifth, security is important. If you can get a PC where you can lock the kids out — especially the younger children — then it's less likely than an "oops" will fry your hard drive or erase last year's tax data on April 14. Also, look for computers with good software to protect against viruses and "malware." Most of the ones on new systems are limited-trial versions that must be renewed, but it's good to have protection out of the box.


Finally, relax and enjoy. Make the computer you buy a fun project - not your second career — and it'll be good all the way around.

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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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