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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. 24, 2006 / 3 Kislev, 5767

Apple's twin wonders

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Over the course of the past 30 years or so in which Apple Computer has done business, it's quite possible that 2006 will go down as one of the firm's best, if not its best so far. That's in no small measure due to something which might well have been thought impossible: a super-successful migration from the PowerPC processor to various CPUs made by Intel Corp.


Within the past two weeks, Apple has upgraded the Intel processors in two of its portables, the MacBook and MacBook Pro, offering greater speed at the same price as earlier models. If the former computers were good values, the new models are superb values worth weighing for an end-of-year purchase or for holiday gift giving.


The MacBook Pro, with its 15-inch screen and 2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processors, will be a very good choice for many traveling business people, I'd suspect. The screen is large without being overbearing (Apple offers a 17-inch version, but it's unwieldy) and as delivered for review, with 2 GB of RAM and a 160 GByte hard drive, it certainly offers enough capacity for most road warriors. Configured as described, count on spending $2599, or $100 than the base price, for this model.


Along with size and a marginally more powerful CPU chip than the smaller MacBook sent for review, what's nice about the MacBook Pro is its made-for-business styling, the ability to handle up to 3 GB of RAM, or 50 percent more than a maxed-out MacBook, and a better graphics card, ATI's Mobility Radeon X1600, with 256 Mbytes of dedicated RAM. By contrast, the MacBook uses an Intel graphics processor which shares 64 Mbytes of RAM with the main system memory.


What this means is that for the on-the-road photographer or filmmaker, the MacBook Pro - and probably a 17-inch version for Mr. Spielberg - is your best bet. Ditto for other "creative" types who need a bit more power and performance. Processor-to-processor, however, I don't know if the .33 GHz advantage of the MacBook Pro over its smaller sibling is compelling; when the RAM and graphics are factored in, it becomes a different story for many of us.


For me, though, I'd probably want to spend about $800 less on a very nicely equipped MacBook and spend the balance on a digital camera or some such. The MacBook, with which I fell in love last summer while toting one around southwestern Turkey, is back in a new and improved model with a 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo chip and up to 2 GB of RAM and a 160 Gbyte hard disk drive, all this for $1774 from Apple. All that's more than enough for yours truly, and perhaps for many other people. You can go up to a 200 Gbyte hard drive on both the MacBook and Pro models, however.


In performance, the MacBook earns my respect for several things. One is its sleek design, which isn't James Bond-like, but is stylish enough. The "Chiclets" style keyboard grows on you; at least it grew on me, and I prefer typing on it a bit more than the MacBook Pro's keys.


Other features of the MacBook work very nicely, including the built-in Wi-Fi antenna and iSight camera. Sound quality is very good, and there are enough ports to connect a range of peripherals. I wish the trackpad offered a few more scrolling options, but at least you can tap on it to duplicate a mouse click, once you specify this in the system settings.


My earlier endorsement of both MacBook models, basic and Pro , stands, and is enhanced with more bang for your computing buck. Oh, and do I need to remind you that with Parallels Workstation software, you can run Microsoft Windows (if needed) alongside the Mac OS? Details on the machines at http://www.apple.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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