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The View from Mudsock Heights: Even Small Newspapers Can Do Great Reporting and Take Bold Stands

By Dennis Dennis | Jan 9, 2012 at 10:58

A retrospective section published a few weeks ago in the local weekly I write for reminded me of just how effective a small-town, non-daily newspaper can be. And it raised the possibility of my telling a story that ought to be heard far and wide. But you won’t find it without looking. It has to do with an heroic editor who uncovered an important story of the “Emperor’s New Clothes” variety and published it — even though it ultimately cost her her newspaper.

The Probably Pointless Iowa Caucus

By Jason Jason | Jan 3, 2012 at 0:50

Sometimes we put too much stock in the Iowa Caucus. This caucus has its share of odd results after all, like Pat Robertson winning in 1988. Or we can ask Governors Huckabee and Dean how well their Iowa victories translated to national victory. But, this year will likely be different.

The View from Mudsock Heights: It’s Time to Stop the Bigoted Attacks on Left-Handed People

By Dennis Dennis | Dec 30, 2011 at 11:02

The headline was sad but not surprising: “The Health Risks of Being Left-Handed: Lefties Face Chance Of ADHD, Other Disorders; Brain Wiring Holds Clues.” The article, published in the prestigious Wall Street Journal, cites a “research” which claims that left-handed people — called “lefties” by epithet-flinging bigots in the right-handed majority — aren’t quite as good as right-handed people.

Christmas Day: On Joy and Sorrow

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

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 Timothy | Dec 21, 2011 at 22:55

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 Timothy | Dec 21, 2011 at 20:21

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 Dennis | Dec 20, 2011 at 16:21

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 Jason | Dec 7, 2011 at 19:41

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 Dennis | Dec 5, 2011 at 0:39

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 Ed | Nov 26, 2011 at 1:53

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.

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