Articles by Timothy Butler

Timothy R. Butler is Editor-in-Chief of Open for Business. Tim founded Universal Networks, a technology consulting firm, in 1996. He holds a B.A. (Hons.) in English Literature, Religious Studies and Philosophy from Lindenwood University. In the past, he has done freelance writing for a number of publications. Recently, he contributed to the the Snow Leopard Bible, published by John Wiley & Sons.

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Gifts of Christmas 2010: Procrastinator’s Edition

By Timothy Butler | Dec 23, 2010 at 6:06 PM

So, here we are two days before Christmas. For the most part, it is growing too late to get gifts shipped to you (or to whomever you are shopping for) before Christmas. Never fear – thoughtful gift ideas are still within reach. Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, there are many nice gifts you can give that show more thought than the ever-present gift card, yet, like the gift card, can be delivered electronically.

Gifts of Christmas 2010: Smart Phones

By Timothy Butler | Dec 22, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Last week, we looked at some of the most recent and interesting Android phones available this Christmas. But, of course, Android is not alone when it comes to smart phone platforms and today we have excellent contenders from the Windows Phone, BlackBerry and iOS camps, along with a handy little 4G Wi-Fi router from Clear.

Gifts of Christmas 2010: Android Phones

By Timothy Butler | Dec 17, 2010 at 11:46 PM

Cell phones are always amongst the items that show up on Christmas wish lists. But, amongst the vast array available, how can you pick the right one to give? Over the next few days, we will look at some of the most interesting phones of the year, starting with four current Android models today, highlighting just whom they will best serve.

What a Young Soldier, Uncle Sam and a Swiss Theologian Can Teach About Power

By Timothy Butler | Dec 15, 2010 at 10:01 PM

Earlier today, I found myself reading an article on Bradley Manning, a soldier in the U.S. army who is suspected of being the source of the material that WikiLeaks has been disseminating. Since his arrest, the private has been placed in solitary confinement without any crimes charged against him – a seemingly arbitrary decision enabled by the army’s virtually absolute power over him. As we contemplate situations like this, supporters of such policies would likely argue that granting the government such near absolute power to hold people without charges is permissible because it is for the greater good. Opponents might say only God ought to have absolute power. Maybe God doesn’t want such power, either.

Now that Verizon is Going 4G, Should You Take Note?

By Timothy Butler | Dec 05, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Hours before Verizon officially unveiled its LTE service plans last Wednesday, I was invited to a preview event that the company held at the Kemp Auto Museum here in St. Louis. At the event, I was able to see the new network, which officially launches today, in all of its glory. With other networks having laid claim to 4G service for months or even years now, is the hype around Verizon’s new network justified?

The Monocultural Plague

By Timothy Butler | Nov 15, 2010 at 9:35 PM

The American culture has a tendency to gravitate towards charismatic personalities. For all of the foundational principles of the separation of powers in the U.S. government, we have a bad habit of essentially handing over power to one party and then scratching our collective head when things go wrong. The same, unfortunately, is true in churches. The problem is the problem of monoculture.

Drawing Windows Users to the Mac? There’s an App for That.

By Timothy Butler | Oct 22, 2010 at 1:23 PM

The concept of an “app store” in which normal, everyday people easily download applications for their devices vaulted to the public consciousness two and a half years ago with Apple’s iPhone App Store. The store shook up the way people view and use mobile phones. The Mac App Store announced on Wednesday appears poised to be just as big of a seismic shift. This is not an attempt to simply make a little revenue on Mac software sales; it is Apple’s plan to translate iPhone and iPad momentum into a full-fledged attack on Microsoft’s Windows stronghold.

Grace, Love and Fire: On the Burning of Books

By Timothy Butler | Sep 10, 2010 at 11:15 PM

Up until a few short weeks ago, the name Terry Jones would have garnered blank stares from most quarters. Now, his back and forth plans to burn the Qur’an have elevated the obscure pastor into the most talked about clergyman of the season. Whether or not this burning or others like it actually proceed, those of us who claim to follow Christ must grapple with what people like Jones bring to the image of the Church and the Gospel.

Droid X Excels at More than Just Screen Size

By Timothy Butler | Aug 25, 2010 at 10:28 PM

Since Motorola’s Droid first arrived last year, the Droid fleet has been expanding at a dizzying pace. Now, just months after the excellent HTC Droid Incredible showed up, Verizon and Motorola have unleashed the Droid X and Droid 2. Over the last few weeks, we put the Droid X through a grueling variety of tests to find out if this mammoth phone has what it takes.

The All Too Averaged American Road

By Timothy Butler | Aug 19, 2010 at 11:23 PM

While traveling from place to place by car is hardly the glamorous thing it once was, it certainly has grown easier. As I went through Southern Missouri twice this week – once going down the Interstate and once back up via the remains of Route 66, I wondered if easier had any relation to better.

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