May 13, 2013
David G. Savage:
Church-state, literally? Supreme Court weighing public school graduation in a church
May 10, 2013
Rabbi Berel Wein: Be all that you should be
May 8, 2013
Peter Ford: Why China is welcoming both Israel's Netanyahu and Palestinians' Abbas
Obama administration quietly backs out of appeal over new contraceptive mandate
At Kerry-Putin meeting, US-Russia relations thaw --- a tad
The Kosher Gourmet by Leela Cyd Ross :
Almost too pretty to eat, this colorful salad with Sicilian inspiration will tickle the taste buds and delight your visual sensibility
May 6, 2013
May 3, 2013
Kids, kittens the Same?
With employee perks at struggling Internet pioneer Yahoo! it's hard to tell
Artificial kidney offers hope to patients tethered to a dialysis machine
April 29, 2013
Poland's new Jewish museum celebrates life, doesn't revisit Holocaust
Terrorism in America: Is US missing a chance to learn from failed plots?
Boston Bomber's 'Svengali' Revealed
Tiny satellites + cellphones = cheaper 'eyes in the sky' for NASA
April 26, 2013
Clifford D. May:
Defense in the Age of Jihadist Terrorism
Sharon Palmer, R.D.:
How to feel your best -- with plenty of energy, a healthy weight and optimal mental and physical function -- without driving yourself batty
April 24, 2013
Admit it: No one has any idea what's going on
April 22, 2013
US man departing country arrested on terror charges
An unorthodox but growing treatment in a 9-year-old's battle against cancer
April 19, 2013
Caroline B. Glick:
Why Obama's visit to Israel had no impact on public opinion or government policy
Gold collapse: The start of something big?
Livable super-Earths? Two candidates among Kepler's latest finds
April 17, 2013
Too much of a good thing? 'Palestinians' realize downside of foreign aid boom
BAD NEWS: EVERYONE IS RIGHT!
April 15, 2013
Egyptian Christians respond with harsh words to attack -- rocks, Molotov cocktails, and gunfire -- against main cathedral
Marcy Darnovsky and Karuna Jaggar:
High Court to decide if you should own your DNA
US bracing for more Russian blowback after taking action against 18 more human rights violators
April 12, 2013
New cybersecurity bill: Privacy threat or crucial band-aid?
Jewz in the Newz by Nate Bloom:
The Kosher Gourmet by Susan Russo:
Jackie Robinson's Friend, Hank Greenberg; CNN's Jake Tapper; Texas County in the News is named for 19thC. Jewish soldier and Congressman
FRUITY QUINOA STUFFED PEPPERS: A flavorful, colorful and edible vessel of delicately fluffy, mildly nutty filling combined with chewy apricots, tangy cherries, and crunchy pistachios
April 10, 2013
North Korean missiles: Could US shoot them down?
Warning: Don't waste your capital being fooled by profit prophets
Donald Hensrud, M.D.:
Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Take vitamin supplements with caution --- even approved, they may actually do damage
74 DNA discoveries move cure closer for three cancers
April 8, 2013
Jonathan Tobin: What Part of No Preconditions Do American Jews Not Get?
Is Putin finally trading his own party for a new power base?
Jewish World Review
Dec. 29, 2006
/ 8 Teves, 5767
Why buy software?
It's the day after Christmas (as this is first published) and there
are figures dancing in your head. They're not images of toy soldiers
or dancing nutcrackers, but rather the balance on your credit card
If that's the case, and if you have a new computer which is hungry for
software applications, I've got a few ideas for you, whether your
machine is a PC or a Macintosh.
OPENOFFICE.ORG has one of the better "office" productivity suites
around - a word processor and a spreadsheet, along with programs for
presentations, drawing, as well as for database and math equations.
I'm not a big fan of their database, which is designed to work with a
number of commercial programs including Microsoft Access. But the rest
of the suite is more than decent, it's often quite good.
The price is the best part - free, zero, zip, nada, as has been
mentioned here before. The program is under constant development;
support for Microsoft's newest word processing file format, called
"DocX," is due to be added early next year, developers say. If
you're using a Mac, the rather stable Beta version of NeoOffice's
Aqua, or OS X-friendly, porting of OpenOffice is available, also free,
I'm not sure what percentage of what people do on a computer involves
these productivity applications, but my guess is the percentage is
rather high. Thus, this kind of software is foundational to owning
(and enjoying) a PC; to get it free is a nice bonus.
GOOGLE PACK is a collection of tools and utilities for Windows-based
PCs that, the firm claims, can make computing more fun. "In just a few
clicks, users can easily discover, install and maintain software to
surf the web faster and safer, communicate better, and effectively
manage information," a spokeswoman wrote.
By and large this is true: the included Google software encompasses a
browser for Google Earth images, a great way to see spots on this
planet, such as your home, school or office; Picasa, which is photo
sharing software; and Google Desktop, a way to organize your computer
stuff and retrieve it easily (on the Mac, Apple has Spotlight for that
as part of the operating system). The Google toolbar - for both
Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox Web broswers - is a very handy
device to make Internet use easier.
I also like Adobe Acrobat Reader 7 (even if version 8 is now out) and
the basic version of Norton AntiVirus, for which a subscription is
required to keep the program current after six months, as well as an
anti-spyware program called AdAware . These latter two utilities
are helpful in the war against junk on our computers.
Optional programs include voice and instant messaging software, as
well as audio and video players, and a program for viewing
high-definition photo images. Of the options, Skype is one of my
favorites, a way to use broadband computer communications to bypass
the phone company. All these programs are free, and all are useful.
Details at http://pack.google.com/.
Where else to go for free or very-low-cost software? There's C-Net's
excellent Download.com, which covers Windows and Mac. Readers of
MacAddict magazine (www.macaddict.com), will want to get the January
2007 issue for its socko roundup of freeware and shareware worth
having. The included CD has most of the programs, too. In February,
however, MacAddict will assume a new identity, Mac|Life
magazine. My guess is it will still be worth reading.
And whatever you choose to install or delete from your computer's hard
drive, may you enjoy a wonderful 2007. See you next year.
Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.
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.
© 2006, News World Communications, Inc. Reprinted with permission of The Washington Times. Visit the paper at http://www.washingtontimes.com
Richard Z. Chesnoff
Frank J. Gaffney
Victor Davis Hanson
A. Barton Hinkle
Judge A. Napolitano
Cokie & Steve Roberts
Debra J. Saunders
J. D. Crowe
Ask Doctor K