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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. 30, 2007 / 20 Kislev 5768

Beginning the gift parade

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | This year really flew by, didn't it? Here we are, about a week from the start of Hanukkah, and less than 30 days from Christmas, which are gift-giving times of the year. Funny, it seems as if baseball's opening day wasn't that long ago, or was it?

Anyway, the question now before us is of what to get for the high-tech aficionado on your list? It depends on what they want, and what they have, of course. Let's start with some accessories, though - these almost always make useful and wanted gifts.

GET A LAPTOP STAND - The $70 LapWorks Aluminum Desktop Stand (www.laptopdesk.net) is a great way to display a laptop computer on your desk, raising the screen close to 7 inches off the desktop, giving it a great viewing angle. Depending on the size of your laptop screen, using a stand such as this may allow you to skip having a separate monitor.

Stands such as this also help keep laptop computers cool by allowing air to flow around the device, and the LapWorks stand also swivels quite easily and nicely, letting you show the screen to someone else at the table, for example. I've been using mine for a good five months or thereabouts, and I'm very happy with it. I recommend any product with the LapWorks name on it, but can especially nominate this one.

GET A THUMB DRIVE - Officially, of course, they're called USB Flash Drives, or UFDs, connecting solid-state (i.e., memory chip) storage to a computer via a USB port. The best that I've found so far is the Cruzer line from SanDisk Corp. of Milpitas, Calif. Their latest two-inch sized device, the Cruzer Micro 8GB, has a U.S. list price of $130, but you can grab it for under $100 if you shop carefully.

Not only is that a good price - 12.5-cents per megabyte of storage, if my math is correct - but it's an incredibly generous amount of flash drive real estate. As SanDisk estimates, you can store "1,600 ultra-high-resolution digital pictures, 2,000 digital songs or five hours of high-quality home video" on the device. That's a lot of stuff, let me tell you.

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The Cruzer Micro product is also available in four smaller capacities, with list prices to match: 512 MB for $15, 1GB for $25, 2GB for $40 and 4GB for $70. Again, careful shopping can lower these costs by about one-third. What you won't lower, in my opinion, is a level of quality and convenience that SanDisk's products provide.

GET A BLUETOOTH HEADSET - I've seen, and used, plenty of Bluetooth headsets for wireless phones, but the S-800 from Cardo Systems, Inc. , www.cardowireless.com, is a rather nice item. At $85, it's not the lowest-priced headset on the market, but it's also not the highest-priced.

Sound quality is very good, especially for a device as tiny as this one is. The S-800 offers up to 8 hours talk-time and one week of standby time, the maker claims, and I've found those estimates pretty realistic. Cardo says users can operate the headset at a distance of up to 30 feet from a mobile phone, and, again, I've proved that to be correct. Among its more interesting features, the S-800 offers "Hot-Dialing," allowing users to store and speed-dial up to three different numbers with one simple click of a dedicated button. That seems a bit over the top, but I'm sure some Capitol Hill multitasker will appreciate it.

And speaking of multitasking, the headset boasts what its maker calls "SWAP technology," letting you switch the headset's connection between two mobile phones. It sounds as if this was invented with a primary campaign staff member in mind.

More shopping tips next week, with some on the Tech Blog, too. In the meantime, happy (bargain) hunting!

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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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