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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. 17, 2006 / 26 Mar-Cheshvan, 5767

When new isn't improved

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If, as discussed last week, "planned obsolescence" is a hallmark of many businesses, "new and improved" is perhaps one of the hucksters greatest phrases. Last year's product can't possibly suffice this year, they say, so let's add some features and relaunch.


Sadly, while something may be "new," it isn't always "improved."


For example, take the Magellan RoadMate 6000T, a $699.99 GPS system that is the same price as last year's RoadMate 360. Where the former item was well worth the same price Magellan is asking for this year's model, this new product suffers greatly from feature overload.


Users can, for example, plug in a SecureDigital (SD) flash memory card and you can either view photos on the device or listen to music. Of course, you can do both on a video-equipped iPod, and plugging the Apple Computer music device into a car stereo will produce better sound than the Magellan unit. So, why the features?


Magellan also placed a Bluetooth speaker phone into the unit, which means you can speak through it when answering or making calls, something useful in places such as the District of Columbia, where the law requires "hands-free" use of cell phones. Sound quality is uneven, however, and while that may be a function of the telephone one is using, it again seems a bit of an unnecessary add-in, considering the seemingly wide adoption of handsfree headsets.


What's more. once I had invoked the phone menu during a given session, the device wouldn't get away from that no matter what I tried. I could only boot up the GPS, let it warm up and manually "escape" from the phone menu into navigation. And, after all, navigation is what one buys a GPS to have.


In navigation, the 6000T is acceptable, but not necessarily the best choice for the job. It works well, but its promise of "live traffic reports" and presumably re-routing seemed uneven; the only feature that would be invoked is a slow traffic indicator that urges you, for example, to jump from the express lanes of I-270 south into the local lanes. Fair enough, except when you're stuck in the middle of traffic and there's no way to get into those lanes. A few lines of software code might solve that contradiction.


I'm also disappointed in Magellan's lack of options for voices and the on-screen display. Friends who have the TomTom GPS report they can select several voices for the device, including one with a British accent. By contrast, Magellan gives you the choice of either male or female and that's it. A little more variety, instead of, say, the photo viewer — a great driver distraction if I ever heard of one — might be welcome.


Because Magellan is asking one penny less than $700 for this unit, it should be subject to the same kind of scrutiny a notebook PC — also available at $700 or less in some cases — should get. After all, you can hook up a USB-attached GPS antenna to a notebook PC equipped with Microsoft's Streets & Trips 2007 software, recently released at a list price of $129, though it's available for less at online stores and some retailers. The Microsoft software does its job very, very well, calculates alternate routes, speaks directions and, since it uses a notebook display, offers a much better viewing experience than the Magellan. If I were driving a great deal, I'd consider getting some kind of auto mount for a PC and use a notebook instead of the Magellan RoadMate 6000T. Details on the Microsoft software can be found at www.microsoft.com/streets; I won't tell you where the find the Magellan product, since I'm not recommending it.

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