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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. 2, 2007 / 20 Mar-Cheshvan 5768

Apple's Leopard makes Macs purr

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Offering better integration of e-mail with syndicated Internet news updates, a new backup feature likely to decrease the impact of hardware failures, and snazzy display features by the bushel, the $129 Apple Mac OS X Leopard upgrade is more than a reasonable purchase. It's something any Mac user will want to have.


The new release, a couple of years in the making and delayed about six months so Apple could bring out the IPhone , is billed as being able to "put a new Mac in your Mac." Here are some initial impressions in less than 24 hours of use.


There's a new "sheen" to the interface, including the menu bar atop most windows. Press the "F9" key along with "Function" on a MacBook Pro, and your open windows array themselves to allow you to see how many programs, documents, or items you have open. You can set up "spaces" in which selected programs will run; "Function" and "F8" will array these workspaces for you and let you select the one you desire.


Open a file folder and highlight a file; press the space bar and you get a quick view of the file, whether a picture, a document or an audio clip, the latter playing through the computer's sound system. You can also flip through a directory of files by selecting what's called "Cover Flow," which is derived from Apple's IPod and IPhone interfaces. Combine Cover Flow with the spacebar-preview option and you've got a rather nice and quick way of finding that document.


The arrival of a new Mac OS also means the updating, usually, of two key applications: Mail.app and the Safari Web browser. Mail.app is a very good e-mail program, now enhanced with the ability to incorporate "really simple syndication," or RSS, feeds into a mailbox. That's how I can get any one of the millions of other RSS news feeds out there. It's a common-sense place for such items, and it's good that Mail.app now incorporates this. There are some other nice tweaks to the program, such as including a "notes" and "to-do" item as options. You can also click to find an address contained in an e-mail via Google Maps, so long as you're connected to the Internet.


The one option Mail.app's developers have, so far as I can tell, omitted is the ability to request a return receipt for sent e-mail: if I send you a note and you read it, I'd like your computer to send an acknowledgement. Despite years of requests from this writer, and, I presume, others, Apple has turned a deaf ear. They probably think I'm a crank, but surely I can't be the only person on Earth who might benefit from such a feature, which is found, by the way, in competitor Thunderbird. Maybe next time!


Safari's tweaks, on display since June as a "public Beta" from Apple, are more subtle but just as welcome. Several different Web sites display better in this version 3 of Safari, and I appreciate that. It's a good Web browser and is pretty much standard for Mac users, which means developers need to be current with it as well. Fortunately, there's also a Windows version.


Time and location, ironically, did not permit an examination of "Time Machine," the new backup program. But just having an automated backup system in the OS is a rather good idea, I think, and your reviewer will examine this feature here.


Most important about Leopard is that its installation is swift and easy, less than one hour in my case, and that the underlying OS doesn't crash. That's a key to Mac's superiority, and a reason why, in the past quarter, Apple's hardware sales have skyrocketed.

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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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