Gregory A. Baker



Technology Can’t Solve This

Technology Can’t Solve This

Over the past couple of months, I’ve been working on a concept for a science fiction story. It’s set in the standard sci-fi universe. You know, the typical long-time-ago-in-a-galaxy-far-far-away kind of place. The story is coming together well, but I’m not sure how to resolve all the conflicts. This column seems like a great place […]

Appointment TV Is Dead (Sometime in the Future)

Appointment TV Is Dead (Sometime in the Future)

It’s always humorous when you read the crazy, archaic headlines written long ago. I mean, today they seem completely unintelligible. But at the time, you know that the writers believed the story to be some sort of grand revelation. Did they really think they were going to save the world or something? For example, last […]

Cuddles: The Feline Hacker

Cuddles: The Feline Hacker

Ah, the great outdoors. The fresh air. The sunshine on my face. The feel of the fresh grass underneath my paws. You heard me right. I said, My paws. As much as humans refer to us as being part of the family, I’m always astounded that they don’t think of us as people. Oh, well. […]

Don’t Try This at Home

Don’t Try This at Home

One of the nice things about owning a technology company is that everyone automatically thinks that you’re a computer expert. On the flip side, one of the bad things about owning a technology company is that everyone automatically thinks you’re a computer expert. Especially your family. This past Saturday, I awoke to the chorus of […]

I Know What We’re Going To Do Today!

I Know What We’re Going To Do Today!

Holy Cow! What a great month for movies! First, of course, is the new Transformers movie. Okay, fine, maybe it wasn’t the best of the franchise. But what science fiction fan doesn’t love watching Optimus Prime fighting it out during a summer blockbuster? Next comes one of the greatest science fiction plots of all time. […]

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The legions of Augusta Tek fans already know that I generally dislike video embedded into web pages. First of all, it’s just rude. I don’t know how many times I’ve had to apologize to my spouse, kids and employees for creating an interruption. Surfing the web is a private activity. Sure, you will share pics […]

Joe Pesci Got It Wrong

Joe Pesci Got It Wrong

If there was ever an operation that was in need of tech refresh, it has got to be the drive-thru window. In the 30-something years since they became widespread, nothing really has changed. Sure, the speakers may have better quality, and some upscale joints may have electronic signs showing your order. But let’s be honest […]

Credit or Debit?

Credit or Debit?

Every four or five days, my car requires a fill-up. No big deal, right? I pass two or three different Circle Ks on the way to the office (depending on which way I go), so it’s pretty convenient to fill up the tank. While they’ve been around for years, those of you born last century […]

The Evolving Internet

The Evolving Internet

When I was in graduate school, I briefly played around in a branch of computational optimization theory known as genetic algorithms. From a conceptual standpoint, it was some pretty cool stuff. Starting with a mathematical model, genetic algorithms insert random changes into an array of inputs. If the model performs better than the original, you’re […]