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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.

The HTC Thunderbolt: Sometimes Faster Really Is Simply Better

By Timothy Butler | May 23, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Last year, choosing a cellular network for a smartphone was easy enough: pretty much any phone you might buy was a “3G” capable one and, for the most part, the speed those phones achieved on their respective networks was about the same.. Today, all four of the big cellular companies are proclaiming the arrival of 4G phones. In this series, we will be looking at the latest and greatest phones to hit the market and examine whether they live up to the hype, starting with the first nationally available 4G LTE phone: the HTC Thunderbolt.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Not Everything Should be Looked Upon As Sport

By Dennis Powell | May 16, 2011 at 12:24 AM

Why have we come to treat everything as if it were a sporting event? Come to think of it, why do we treat sporting events as we do? I can’t imagine that I’m the only one who wondered this while watching last week’s reaction to the good news that Osama had gotten popped in the noggin (and as a result learned that it was a mistranslation and the “72 virgins” are really “72 white raisins,” which ain’t much to get by on when you’re talking all eternity, even if you eat them slowly).

RHEL 6 for the Clueless: Multimedia Capability

By Ed Hurst | May 16, 2011 at 12:13 AM

RHEL (and clones) does not come with very much multimedia capability. It has to do with politics, copyrights, and philosophical debates. Even if we tried to outline all the issues here, chances are quite good you don't care a whit. You want to play your music and videos, and there is no good reason you shouldn't. There are plenty of Linux developers willing to join you in seeking to play what Windows can play, and a lot more besides, but Red Hat is being careful and sticking to their commitment to the corporate client base.

The View from Mudsock Heights: When Men Were Men, Radio was Radio, and Tape Editing was Tape Editing

By Dennis Powell | May 04, 2011 at 8:16 PM

The email message was a happy surprise. A fellow in California, at something called the “L.A. Theatre Works,” was putting together a project (he did not say what) and wondered if I still have the original tapes (I don’t) from a radio report I did in 1983. His email note to me was above a long series of messages and replies he had sent to and received from others, in pursuit of the missing audio.

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