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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Polling is Not Voting

By Timothy R. Butler | Jan 24, 2024 at 6:39 PM

The primary season is over. With New Hampshire handing President Donald Trump a decisive win and clear polling in his favor ahead, it’s time for Ambassador Nikki Haley to concede the inevitable and step aside. Er, wait a second… I haven’t voted yet!

Marvel Has Been Unique, Now It Is a Cultural Echo

By Timothy R. Butler | Jan 10, 2024 at 3:38 PM

Yesterday, Marvel Studios premiered a new streaming series on a fascinating character. I don’t plan to watch it. With Echo, Marvel has bowed to the inescapable dogma of HBO that a series must splatter blood or rip off clothes to be prestigious. Why would one of the most successful franchises in history shed the family-friendly tact that made it stand out in the explicit modern media landscape?

A Fruity New Year’s Resolution

By Timothy R. Butler | Jan 03, 2024 at 6:49 PM

Is anyone else exhausted after the rush of the holiday season? I feel as drained as my parents’ stock of batteries was when I got a Sega Game Gear one year for Christmas.

Peace on Earth

By Timothy R. Butler | Dec 27, 2023 at 5:02 PM

Christmas Day was this week and, I hope, at least some of our OFB readers are continuing the celebration with the Twelve Days of Christmas. As we do and as a New Year beckons, what do we carry from this holiday time into life?

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.

Netbird Flies to My Remote Access Rescue

By Timothy R. Butler | Dec 06, 2023 at 9:59 PM

When you write about an ongoing project it’s always risky that it’ll go south afterward. My attempt to link my home and office together with Netmaker last week had such a southerly flow.

A Cloud of One's Own

By Timothy R. Butler | Nov 28, 2023 at 11:42 PM

I’ve been spoiled by the cloud. A decade and a half after I first used Dropbox, and years after iCloud made the dream of secure, seamless “login and forget” cloud sync a reality (most of the time), it seems obvious that all of my stuff should be available from every device I have whenever I need it. But what about content too big to keep on the cloud?

Thanksgiving in the Dark

By Timothy R. Butler | Nov 22, 2023 at 11:56 PM

Today I was looking for a photo from the end of last year and inadvertently stumbled on one of my uncle from then. My Uncle Jay went on hospice a few weeks ago amid a sharp decline. The difference of a year was shouted from that picture.

Resolve

By Timothy R. Butler | Nov 15, 2023 at 8:08 PM

My feed on X has filled with posts from officials of Ukraine, Romania and the Netherlands touting the opening of the European F-16 Training Center in Romania. Highlighting this was a video of Ukrainian pilots showing off their newly acquired skills in piloting said aircraft. The word “resolve” comes to mind given that I can write that sentence at all — for a long time, the West refused the beleaguered nation access to advanced jets. “Resolve” also speaks to the dangerous test ahead hinted at in that hesitancy.

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.

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