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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. 30, 2012 / 17 Kislev, 5773

What Google's un-computer says about the future

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Along with those hyper-annoying Target ads, holiday weekend viewers got a flashy, almost Apple-esque spot touting the Google, Inc., Chromebook, a portable device, starting at $199 that is neither a PC nor a tablet, certainly not in the traditional sense.

Getting my hands on one has proven difficult - Amazon.com and other online sellers are out of stock - but from what I've seen, and experienced in a sense via the firm's Chrome Web browser - I'll confess the Chromebook is mighty tempting, and might well disrupt a good chunk of the computer industry. My apologies to Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman if that news disturbs her sleep patterns.

The basic idea behind the Chromebook is that the device would largely function while connected to the Internet. Data is stored on Google's servers, presumably secure, and applications, such as they are, are also in the "cloud." That means the Chromebook doesn't need much in the way of onboard storage, and its manufacturers (mainly Samsung) can use reasonably priced microprocessors and "splurge" on better displays and smaller form factors.

In plain English, if you can get something that does a lot of what Apple's MacBook Air does, but at one-quarter of the price, or less, would you do it? No, the Chromebook does not give you access to Apple's vast array of programs, and for multimedia creation and editing, the Mac platform wins hands down. For now, that is.

But when and as more programs are available for Chrome, the eponymous operating system of the, er, Chromebook, that equation might change. To the Chrome OS (and to the Mac version of the Google Chrome Web browser, which I use constantly), one can add all sorts of programs, from productivity app Zoho Office to Bible study app Biblia, and while I've added several programs, I haven't paid a cent yet.

How Google and its partners will monetize this is unclear, but for now, I'm a happy camper.

Using the Google Chrome apps hasn't presented too many challenges. Zoho Office is fine, and certainly good enough for most productivity needs. The Biblia app comes from the people behind Logos Bible Software, and is also quite nice.

But my computers have all sorts of ways of connecting to the Internet, including a hard wired Ethernet connection to a local-area network. The $249 Samsung Chromebook, unless you buy a model with a wireless data radio for $80 more (and optional data plan), is largely limited to Wi-Fi connections.

Not all of those are free (although buyers get a nice amount of credit with Gogo Wireless for its airplane-based Wi-Fi), but there are enough free Internet outlets around, including the McDonald's near my house, that one could go out and about without too much computing loss.

But still, are you willing to sacrifice those elements to which users have become so attached? The Chromebook people say you can do work offline, but how much work, and how much storage - that $249 model has 16 Gbytes of storage, which is a fair amount, but could be more.

The answer could well come as our computing future evolves. Many of us have already moved from using programs on our computers to smaller applications on our tablets and smartphones. Mint.com has replaced Quicken as the go-to personal finance tracking method for millions, and it's why Intuit, Quicken's publisher, bought Mint.com a while back.

On Nov. 25, the Pew Research Center reported that "fully 85 [percent] of American adults own a cell phone and now use the devices to do much more than make phone calls." The group said 82 percent of cell phone users take pictures with their devices, 56 percent access the Internet on them, and 43 percent download apps to use.

When you look at those numbers, the idea of a Chromebook with cloud-based apps isn't that far fetched after all. Meg Whitman mightn't be the only person in the industry losing some shut-eye in the months ahead.

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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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