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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UPDATED: Black Friday Picks

By Timothy Butler | Nov 26, 2009 at 12:53 AM

Trying to sort through the noise and find a few good deals online for Black Friday? Here are some of the most interesting deals that are available right now, including great deals on MacBooks and KitchenAid stand mixers. Updated at 5:30 p.m. (CST) on November 27

Imagio is Impressivio

By Timothy Butler | Nov 12, 2009 at 9:35 PM

The Imagio is a phone that would be easy to overlook. After all, not only does it face the usual opponent, the iPhone that clearly influenced its design, it also faces the Motorola Droid, which is Verizon’s most newsworthy phone in years – and deservedly so. That the Imagio has been somewhat lost in the dizzying lead up to the Droid’s launch is too bad; the Imagio deserves some attention of its own.

What In the World Is That? The Droid Takes Off

By Timothy Butler | Nov 05, 2009 at 11:25 PM

Verizon is on a bold streak. After launching the “There’s a Map for that” campaign squarely targeting what many would call Apple and AT&T’s key weakness – network reliability – the airwaves have now been covered by “iDon’t” ads that compare what the iPhone doesn’t do with what ”Droid does.” So, what does the Droid do and does it do it well? When the device launches tomorrow, do you want to be in line to buy one?

PREVIEW: The Motorola Droid Lands

By Timothy Butler | Oct 29, 2009 at 1:48 AM

With a major ad campaign, directly targeting the iPhone, in full swing promoting the new Motorola Droid, it may be fair to say Verizon’s first Android-based phone is also perhaps its most anticipated device in recent times. Does it live up to the hype? Read on for OFB’s unboxing and short preview of this phone, which will be available for purchase next week.

Reformation 2009: Biblical Challenges to Leadership

By Timothy Butler | Oct 10, 2009 at 11:25 PM

As we find ourselves approaching Reformation Day on the five hundredth year of Protestant Reformer John Calvin's birth, it may be good to spend some time looking at the issue of Biblical leadership and challenges to that leadership's authority. One of the interesting things about the Bible is that it never is keen on presenting authorities as those who are always right.

enV Touch: A Different Spin on Touch Screen Phones

By Timothy Butler | Aug 22, 2009 at 12:29 AM

Touch mania is spreading across the mobile phone world, but in a sea of phones clamoring to catch the touchscreen wave, the enV Touch might seem at first to be a mere wannabe lost behind its more recognizable competitors. But, with unique tricks up its sleeve and a good price tag, the enV Touch proves it is different, not just more of the same.

Take Three: Observations on iPhone Launches

By Timothy Butler | Jun 19, 2009 at 4:58 PM

I just received my iPhone 3G S, and I could not be more excited. How strange buying a new cell phone has become in the last two years.

A Close Look a OakTree’s Accordance, Part III: Tallying Up the Value

By Timothy Butler | Jun 19, 2009 at 12:01 AM

Even after reading the first two parts of this series (Part I, Part II), the question from the budget conscious person may be, “Why not a different program – QuickVerse or even SWORD – that is a lot cheaper?” That is a good question, but one Accordance can easily answer in one word: flexibility.

Looking at the Samsung Alias 2

By Timothy Butler | Jun 15, 2009 at 1:28 AM

With Father’s Day next week, ads are happily hawking a new phone for Dad as a great gift idea. Of course, many of them are anything but great, much less good gifting material. But whether you are shopping for dear old dad or for your dear old self, the Samsung Alias 2 feature phone offers a few unique tricks up its sleeve that make it worth considering. Situated comfortably below $100, it proves a budget phone does not have to be bland.

A Close Look a OakTree’s Accordance, Part II: Advanced Bible Study

By Timothy Butler | Jun 08, 2009 at 10:12 PM

In the first part of our Accordance review, I looked at Accordance from the perspective of a user looking to do basic Bible study. Here at OFB Labs we found that it passed that test with flying colors and recommended the $99 Introductory Library package as an excellent choice. But, what if you are a pastor, scholar or other in-depth student of Scripture looking for something a bit more powerful? Is Accordance right for you as well?

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