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Mark A. Kellner

Mark A. Kellner

Mark A. Kellner is a religion columnist for The Washington Times. He can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Mark A. Kellner

KELLNER: OnStar mirror reflects poor technology grasp

The General Motors Co., in the form of its OnStar LLC subsidiary, would like you to hie yourself to your nearest Best Buy and plunk down $300 for a new rearview mirror for your car. Published September 7, 2011

KELLNER: Avoiding high-priced 'anti-virus' scam

A reader in Chantilly received a bit of a shock about three weeks ago, and then got what nearly became a very expensive online education. One of the latest scams, or rip-offs if you prefer, to hit computer users via the Internet is an "anti-virus" scam, where slick operators promise to fix your computer online, and maintain it for two years, all for the "low" price of just under $270. Published August 31, 2011

Jobs' legacy likely to endure

Whatever happens to Apple Inc. in the post-Steve Jobs era, the legacy of its enigmatic, charismatic co-founder appears secure. Published August 25, 2011

KELLNER: Peripheral thinking can yield great results

Whatever you buy when you buy a computer, the main system itself is but one aspect of the purchase. There are, even a novice will soon discover, accessories and add-ons that make a simple PC into a truly useful tool. Published August 24, 2011

KELLNER: HP offers an also-ran tablet computer

For $399, Hewlett-Packard Co. will sell you a 16 gigabyte tablet computer called the HP TouchPad. Along with that amount of storage, you get a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor, a 9.7-inch XGA-quality display (1024 by 768 pixel resolution), and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. There's a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera for video calling and what the maker says are "internal stereo speakers and Beats Audio," the latter promising sound enhancements. Published August 17, 2011

KELLNER: MacBook Air flies out of store, with good reason

A chance visit to the Apple Inc. retail store in Columbia, Md., on Sunday revealed some interesting behavior: Many customers - three to five whom I could see during my time there - were walking out with the firm's recently relaunched MacBook Air, a portable computer whose price starts at $999. Published August 10, 2011

Verizon, unions 'far apart' as Sunday strike looms

Verizon Communications Inc., the region's top telephone service provider, is facing a 12:01 a.m. Sunday strike deadline, at which time 45,000 union employees in nine states, including Maryland and Virginia, as well as Washington, D.C., may walk off their jobs. Published August 4, 2011

Verizon, unions 'far apart' as Sunday strike looms

Verizon Communications Inc., the region's top telephone service provider, is facing a 12:01 a.m. Sunday strike deadline, at which time 45,000 union employees in nine states, including Maryland and Virginia, as well as the District, may walk off their jobs. Published August 4, 2011

Mark Kellner

KELLNER: How (not) to choose a computer for college

It may be broiling hot outside, but the thoughts of many of our nation's youth are on the beginning of college in a few weeks. Off to the halls of academe they will go, clutching something I couldn't have imagined in my Pleistocene Era college career: A portable computer. Published July 27, 2011

Mark Kellner

KELLNER: Apple's new 'Lion' purrs, doesn't yet roar

It was perhaps one of the most quiet launches in computer software history: the July 20 debut of Apple Inc.'s Mac OS X Lion, usually a cause for long lines outside of Apple retailers or anxious waiting for the FedEx truck, crept in, as Robert Frost said of the fog, "on little cat feet." Published July 20, 2011

Illustration: Rupert Murdoch by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

KELLNER: Is Murdoch the last newspaper mogul?

Irrespective of the fate of News Corp. and its chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch, those who can barely contain their delight at this man's current troubles might want to check their enthusiasm. Published July 19, 2011

KELLNER: Google, Apple 'get' customer service

Though the notion might evoke thoughts of an old "Twilight Zone" episode, a book titled "How to Serve Your Tech Users" should be required reading in many precincts. Published July 13, 2011

Mark Kellner

KELLNER: Peel is an iPhone-based remote, except when it isn't

You have an Apple iPhone, and you have a flat-panel TV, a home sound system perhaps and certainly a cable/satellite box with a digital video recorder, or DVR. Maybe you also own a Roku player or an Apple TV to stream additional video content to the aforementioned TV. Published July 6, 2011

Mark Kellner

KELLNER: A successful test drive for Canon T2i

This was supposed to be a column about a personal triumph: finding a spot along Chocorua Lake, located in the New Hampshire town of Tamworth, and snapping off some wonderful shots of this glistening lake and its reflection of the sky and nearby Mount Chocorua. It wasn't to be. Published June 29, 2011

Mark Kellner

KELLNER: Tech progress impressive in Kenya

This booming Nairobi suburb of Ongata Rongai, Kenya, about 45 minutes from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, is growing so rapidly that land prices have multiplied exponentially in the past eight years. In the past six years, population here has doubled to 1 million people. Published June 22, 2011

Mark Kellner

KELLNER: Acer's tablet shows promise, but Android worries a bit

Plop down $449 or so for Acer's new Iconia A500 Tablet computer and you get something with a good-sized screen, a nice operating system, Wi-Fi and (potential) wireless broadband data connectivity. It's not a toy, and it can certainly hold its own against the category leading (if not crushing) Apple Inc. iPad 2. Published June 15, 2011

KELLNER: 'Quirky' connections, raising a 'rockus'

For at least the foreseeable future, I intend to have an Apple Inc. iMac computer on my desk at home. The model I'm using, vintage 2009, has a 24-inch display screen that's just right for my eyes, not to mention many other nice features. Published June 8, 2011

Lowly shrub grows in stature as biofuel

A plant that some have scorned as a predator might well turn out to be part of the answer to rising fuel bills for consumers. Published June 7, 2011