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 Nov. 10, 2006 / 19 Mar-Cheshvan, 5767

New, and improved?

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Once upon a time in American business, "planned obsolescence" was a dominant ideology: things would be built to last X number of years and then they'd fall apart and would have to be replaced.

As consumers, many of us have experienced this with cars, refrigerators and toaster ovens, to name but three, and I believe that latter product is today's most egregious example of planned obsolescence. Worse still, the potential replacements are, by and large, easy to spot as being inferior to the older models.

But I digress.

The subject of this column, after all, is computers, and in technology obsolescence takes on different shades. For example, Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 2000 operating system, once incarnated as "Windows NT," should still run happily well into the future, perhaps as far as the year 2020, if not longer. But Microsoft's Web site lists little in the way of support for Windows 2000, which had primarily been "pushed" as a networker server operating system, and instead is promoting Windows Server 2003, at least until the server edition of Windows Vista arrives.

It's Microsoft's right, of course, to say which products it will, and won't, support, and to set lifespans for those products. And, it can be argued, that today's operating systems - and tomorrow's - will deliver a lot more computing power and capability, and do so better than their predecessors.

But it's an open question whether adding more features and more overhead to products necessarily makes them better. Some new items, still in review at On Computers Central, raise that question.

The "Dana Wireless" a $429 "smart" terminal and more from Renaissance Learning of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, is the successor to the old AlphaSmart 3000; it even bears an AlphaSmart name. Unlike the older model, the Dana uses the Palm operating system. However, the new machine's implementation is puzzling at times. The pre-loaded e-mail program, which supposedly goes to the Web via a built-in WiFi radio, won't touch my e-mail account, no matter how I try. Thus, sending a word processing file via e-mail isn't possible right now.

While the predecessor model didn't offer either WiFi or e-mail, at least the AlphaSmart 3000 was up front about that. You got a terminal you could use to write and store text files with, and that's not bad. It had only a four-line display, not the eight lines of the Dana, but that was manageable, too.

The new product is nice, light and seems to be useful in many ways. I'm not sure I'll like it as much as the old one, though. The "getting used to it" curve seems steeper in part because of the improved display: the new lines seem a bit hard to read, although you can enlarge the font, sacrificing the number of lines for greater legibility.

The new Dana does offer a pair of SecureDigital (stet), or SD, memory card slots, boosting the already-useful 16 Mbytes of memory to far greater amounts. Pop the card out and place it in a desktop computer's adapter, and file transfers are a breeze; there's also software and a USB cable that'll take care of such connections.

Weighing only 2 pounds, the Dana Wireless promises a lot in a small package. I do wish elements of the delivery, such as the e-mail and the WiFi transmitter, were a bit more reliable and consistent. For those looking for a way to take notes and compose writing on the go, however, this is a product worth some consideration. Details at www.alphasmart.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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