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The View from Mudsock Heights: It's Always a Little Disappointing When Mysteries Get Solved

By Dennis Powell | Jun 30, 2011 at 11:06 AM

She was very old and very sick, and she knew that she did not have long to live. This was a few years ago. She was the great aunt of a friend, and I ended up speaking with her for awhile, though we did not know each other.

The Big Bang: Learning About Selling Fireworks Yields Insights About Entrepreneurship

By Timothy Butler | Jun 28, 2011 at 7:42 PM

I find myself inside a fireworks tent two days before opening at the beginning of the fireworks selling season. In this particular city, fireworks legally go on sale in temporary locations starting June 20 of each year. Sitting down a bit from me on the still bare table is an enthusiastic Chris Sander, the 28-year-old proprietor of Powder Monkey Fireworks (which, he carefully points out, is styled “powder monkey FIREWORKS”). I found myself here on a quest to learn more about how the fireworks business works, though as I listened to Sander’s insights, it became clear he was dispensing business wisdom applicable far more broadly than just his own market.

The View from Mudsock Heights: The Recent Scandal that Exposed the Dangers of that “Send” Button

By Dennis Powell | Jun 23, 2011 at 12:29 AM

The, um, member of Congress is gone, but his sorry tale should remain as a lesson: anything you do on the Internet, even when you think it is private, is there forever and can come back to bite you.

The Showdown: the 4G Contenders Square Off

By Timothy Butler | Jun 21, 2011 at 8:58 AM

In many ways, 2011 is shaping up to be the year of 4G. Although Sprint launched its 4G network several years ago and Verizon went live with its own next generation network late last year, this is the year that phones and other 4G devices have finally become widely available. With each of the major carriers claiming to have a 4G network, Open for Business investigated to find out who offers the best choice for fast Internet access on the go.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Sometimes Movies are Fine the First Time Around

By Dennis Powell | Jun 20, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Okay, I confess it: I like the Harry Potter movies. No, I’ve never read any of the books, either for my own enjoyment or to children, the usual adult excuse for having read them. My association with the long Potter saga is limited to the movies. Fact is, I was late even to those, having seen the first few on DVD years after they were in theatres.

The Perverse Glory of ‘Glee’

By Jason Kettinger | Jun 17, 2011 at 4:42 PM

This television show has already been commented on roundly—praised, lambasted, lamented—so perhaps I am undercutting our goal here at OFB. But in so many ways, it is a microcosm of America today, in both its tragedy and possibility, and as such, it cannot be ignored.

The View From Mudsock Heights: We Have Our Own National Geographic Specials Right Here

By Dennis Powell | Jun 08, 2011 at 7:21 PM

The day was sunny and warm at the Lake Placid, New York, horse show, the skies clear as can be. The altitude lent a certain dry coolness to the air — it didn’t feel as hot as it was — and made sunburn likely.

Tweet This

By Timothy Butler | Jun 06, 2011 at 12:34 AM

Today opens up WWDC, Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference. Apple has confirmed three major foci for the conference this year: iOS 5, Mac OS X Lion and iCloud. Word on the street points to major Twitter integration in the core of iOS as a key component to iOS 5, something that sounds interesting, but hardly earth shattering. Let’s go a step further: what if Apple’s Twitter integration work was a step towards an Apple purchase of Twitter?

RHEL 6 for the Clueless: File Management

By Ed Hurst | May 31, 2011 at 6:17 PM

There is a world of difference between Windows and Linux in file handling. Your immediate need is to understand the business of permissions. One of the fundamental security advantages in Linux is every file is owned by someone, and the owner gets to decide what happens to those files. Ownership, of course, is limited to those who have an identity on the computer in question.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Bird Watching Here Involves the Good Robin and the Bad Robin

By Dennis Powell | May 23, 2011 at 1:10 PM

They say that mules are stubborn, but my money is on robins. Well, at least the robin that has been trying to build a nest on my porch light.

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