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Christmas Day: On Joy and Sorrow

By Timothy Butler | Dec 25, 2011 at 2:04 AM

Here we find ourselves on Christmas day yet again. This year the meteorologists have forecast the weather in St. Louis at 50 degrees for later today – less than ideal for any dreams of a white Christmas, though certainly closer to what one might find in Bethlehem. Christmas is here, but with the warmth of much of this December, it almost feels delayed.

The Gifts of Christmas: the Procrastinator's Guide to Android Smartphones

By Timothy Butler | Dec 21, 2011 at 10:55 PM

In our general smartphone guide, we laid out the basic smartphone situation and then looked at Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 and Apple’s iOS. In this piece we move on to a sampling of Android phones available this holiday season. Whether you are looking to give someone an Android handset for Christmas, or are thinking about picking one up for yourself, these contenders cover a good deal of the Android landscape this season, ranging from the impressively affordable AT&T Impulse 4G to Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S II.

The Gifts of Christmas: the Procrastinator's Guide to Smartphones

By Timothy Butler | Dec 21, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Trying to pick out a smartphone for someone for Christmas is a difficult task. There are now dozens of potential contenders, priced from free to hundreds of dollars. How can you pick out one that will delight your recipient and serve him or her well for years to come? OFB Labs has thoroughly tested ten of the most recent smartphone offerings from AT&T, Sprint and Verizon to help you sort out which are best for your gift giving this year – or for picking up as a gift to yourself with some Christmas money.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Cats Give Us Brain Worms that Control Our Minds. All Hail Our New Feline Overlords!

By Dennis Powell | Dec 20, 2011 at 4:21 PM

What wiser heads have long suspected has now been proved by actual scientists working in real laboratories: cats control the minds of some people and make those persons insane.

Election 2012: Populism is Coming, but What Kind?

By Jason Kettinger | Dec 07, 2011 at 7:41 PM

If you haven’t been paying attention to the political process lately, I don’t blame you. It is still much too early, and there is little to calm the urge to call down a pox on all houses, no matter where you reside.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Dr. Chafetz and Marion -- A Love Story

By Dennis Powell | Dec 05, 2011 at 12:39 AM

The news was unexpected, sad, but not especially shocking: My friend and former colleague Morris Chafetz had died. He was sufficiently famous that there were long obituaries in both The New York Times and The Washington Post. Though I suppose the circumstance of his death figured into it, too.

RHEL 6 for the Clueless: Samba File Sharing

By Ed Hurst | Nov 26, 2011 at 1:53 AM

In my explorations with RHEL 6, we have come a long way towards a useful computing environment. One piece we have not taken time to explore much, however, is one of the most important for many users: file sharing. If you intend using your RHEL machine to serve files amongst Windows machines, one of the first things you should consider is using Samba.

The View from Mudsock Heights: That May Be How They Look, But It’s Not How I Remember Them

By Dennis Powell | Nov 14, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Who are all those old people? I received a URL in the email. Terrified but unable to resist, I clicked on it. I may never recover.

The Gifts of Christmas 2011: The Tablet Guide

By Timothy Butler | Nov 11, 2011 at 9:19 PM

With the Kindle Fire’s impending release adding yet another interesting dimension to the tablet market, selecting a tablet to give as a gift this season has become all the more complicated. More than likely, Amazon’s entry will dramatically change the playing field, but other tablets continue to have significant merits that make them worthy of gifting consideration this year. We look at the cream of the crop of those other tablets in light of the new Kindle, below.

Reliving Post-Season 2011 Gives Glimpse of 2012

By Jason Kettinger | Nov 10, 2011 at 9:16 PM

I admit it, I gave up. Tons of times. This Cardinals team earned my respect, my scorn, and my hope all in a vicious cycle for the last six or so months. They blew a 6-2 9th inning lead against the Mets with about a week to go before the post-season. They blew the most games they'd led in the final inning of any team in baseball. They are maddening to watch. I have almost nothing left as a fan. I just need to be honest here.

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