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Hamstringing Security in Pursuit of Blue Bubbles

By Timothy R. Butler | Apr 10, 2024 at 10:38 PM

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the wrongheadedness of the Department of Justice’s antitrust witch hunt against Apple. One reason amongst the many deserves its own consideration.

The Tyranny of a Thousand Zooms

By Timothy R. Butler | Mar 27, 2024 at 10:52 PM

The Department of Justice’s antitrust suit against Apple is one of the worst calamities to hit computer privacy in recent memory. If we want to understand where this could very well take us, we don’t need a hypothetical future horrible privacy mess, we need only look at Zoom video conferencing software.

The AI Revolution a Year In

By Timothy R. Butler | Feb 07, 2024 at 9:24 PM

A year after Microsoft unveiled its big push into AI riding on the early wave of ChatGPT excitement, we haven’t come to terms with how AI fits into our world. Sorting it out will take time, but we need to start doing so with the assumption it is here to stay.

The Procrastinator's Nifty Gadget Gift Guide

By Timothy R. Butler | Dec 13, 2023 at 10:46 PM

Looking for something more unusual than a gift card to give this Christmas? Here at OFB we have a sampler of options that are (mostly) inexpensive and useful for those with a wide variety of interests.

The Demo Disk Waiteth

By Timothy R. Butler | Nov 08, 2023 at 9:29 PM

There’s something lost in the instantaneous gratification of today’s technology. Anticipation.

Apple's Mac Event's Star was the iPhone Camera

By Timothy R. Butler | Nov 01, 2023 at 8:59 PM

Viewers paying close attention to Apple’s first prime-time product announcement event on Monday were treated to the most impressive product highlight: one that wasn’t even spoken. The whole event was filmed on iPhone.

Don’t Miss Prime (and Anti-Prime) Tech Deals Today

By Timothy R. Butler | Oct 11, 2023 at 1:12 PM

With the artificial “holiday” of the “Prime Deal Days” going on right now, there are plenty of mediocre deals, but a few you may want to nab before it ends tonight.

More deals will be added throughout the day.

I Hate Captchas

By Timothy R. Butler | Sep 20, 2023 at 10:49 PM

Is it me or have they gotten more annoying? Those little puzzles to separate out the robots from humans that appear on web sites constantly?

Amplifying the Craft, Not Short-circuiting It

By Timothy R. Butler | Sep 06, 2023 at 9:47 PM

In a recent column for Christianity Today, Yi-Li Lin argued for a significant increase in usage of AI-related tools in church work. I’m sympathetic, but he goes too far. The ways he does are revealing to the challenges every profession is facing, or will face, with this technology.

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.

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