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Articles by Timothy R. Butler

Timothy R. Butler is Editor-in-Chief of Open for Business. He also serves as a pastor at Little Hills Church and FaithTree Christian Fellowship.

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We're Regulating the Wrong Thing

By Timothy R. Butler | Aug 23, 2023 at 8:48 PM

Standardization is a good thing. Forced standarization can appear beneficial, too. But the two are not the equivalent. Consider the increasingly ubiquitous USB Type-C cable.

Strange Smoke

By Timothy R. Butler | Aug 16, 2023 at 11:23 PM

I’ve always been a fan of smoking, as long as that refers to smoking delicious meats. Barbecuing and related culinary feats let us taste summer. This year, though, is a year of strange smoke.

T-Mobile's Hard Work to Lose a Customer

By Timothy R. Butler | Aug 09, 2023 at 12:17 PM

T-Mobile managed to do what a massive rebrand and years of advertising couldn’t do. They’ve managed to make the thought of dealing with my cable company, Spectrum, seem appealing.

A Love Letter to a Piece of Fabric

By Timothy R. Butler | Aug 02, 2023 at 8:01 PM

One of my favorite products is, of all things, a small piece of fabric. This strip of material I ran across during my jump into the Mac world two decades ago is something I now use every day. As ridiculous as that may sound, RadTech’s Optex products tend to sell themselves: usually if I show someone what it does and how well it works, RadTech ends up with another customer.

X Doesn't Mark the Spot

By Timothy R. Butler | Jul 26, 2023 at 9:42 PM

Twitter has changed its name to “X.” The way that change reverberated from newsrooms to dining rooms was revealing. It shows how dangerously dependent our society has become on this one, privately owned soapbox.

A Threads I Can Follow

By Timothy R. Butler | Jul 05, 2023 at 11:08 PM

Meta has launched another social network, “Threads.” I signed up but already knew when I did that I wouldn’t be an active user. I hope many others will join me in not using it. I also hope it succeeds for the good of the Internet.

Fickle Concerns

By Timothy R. Butler | Jun 21, 2023 at 8:00 PM

A tragic, fatal accident with a water and land tour by “Duck” killed the long time attraction in Branson and brought outrage across the state for safety violations. Where is that outrage when it comes to marijuana?

If WWDC23 Had Steve Jobs Instead of a Vision Pro

By Timothy R. Butler | Jun 12, 2023 at 9:30 AM

Last week, I grumbled about Apple’s “vision” which is visionless at worst and horribly dystopian at best. What could have been different? I found myself imagining what WWDC23’s big announcement might have been if Steve Jobs were still living.

Some Visions Aren't Worth Having

By Timothy R. Butler | Jun 07, 2023 at 10:20 PM

I watch Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote every year like people watch the Superbowl — snacks, celebratory anticipation, the works. The greatest ones over the years remain memorable long after, conveying master showmanship and a clarity of vision for technology that makes life better. Ironically, while introducing a device called Vision Pro, this year’s conference felt like an aimless stumble towards dystopia.

A Pitch for Decency

By Timothy R. Butler | May 31, 2023 at 8:56 PM

We’ve gotten weird as each successive round of the Culture Wars seems further proof. In this week’s edition, we learn that mocking someone else’s religion is apparently inclusive while defending other people’s beliefs is far-right. Got that?

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