Gregory A. Baker



What’s the Good Word!

What’s the Good Word!

Black Friday — What are going to be the best tech gadgets for the 2014 shopping season? This year has been a good year for gadgets. No one type of item has exploded into relevance, although several are making significant advances. Here’s some ideas as you stake out your place in line. At the top […]

Science Fiction Fact

Science Fiction Fact

Unquestionably, the fall and winter seasons are my favorite times of the year. The days get shorter. Cool breezes temper outdoor activities. The gentle warmth of a fireplace replaces the scorching heat of the sun. This is the time of year to stay inside and travel within the world of a good book. I’ve always […]

The Smoke Screen of Net Neutrality

The Smoke Screen of Net Neutrality

Technology has historically been a great equalizer, allowing the small and meek to compete against the big and powerful. The Internet with its egalitarian access is probably the most well-known example. A single user on the Internet possesses a stature equal to the largest multi-national corporation. This reality appeals to our sense of equality and […]

You Can’t Fear Being Great

You Can’t Fear Being Great

On October 31, our quest to become a space-faring species experienced a setback as the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crashed during a test flight. The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but it appears that the spacecraft’s feathering mode was activated while the engines were still operating. The reconfigured vehicle could not withstand the […]

The Good Wife

The Good Wife

So what does one do while you’re waiting for the new Apple OS to download on a Sunday evening? There are several things, actually. You could hunker down in your man cave and watch Sunday Night Football. You could review all the email that came in over the weekend. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram — those are […]

For the Birds

For the Birds

Sometime during the summer of 2014, a group passionately opposed to the rising use of drones conducted a highly secretive meeting. Attendees to this meeting flew in from all over the country and represented a broad cross-section of the flying population. The problem is clear. The prevalence of drones creates a hazard for those creatures […]

Windows 9? Forget about it!

Windows 9? Forget about it!

How does the old saying go… it’s not easy being green. Well, it turns out if you really want to get snubbed, try being the number 9. You wouldn’t think that it would be that way. The number 9 has had a great run over the years. For example… Number 9 is the largest single […]

Staying Ahead of Murphy

Staying Ahead of Murphy

If anything can go wrong, it will. — Murphy’s Law This simple phrase is by far the most important axiom in engineering and, for that matter, any technical field. At its core, Murphy’s Law depicts a very cynical and cruel view of how the world works. Nature itself is portrayed as man’s adversary — an […]

Denying Progress

Denying Progress

The history of science is littered with periods where a grand consensus of individuals champion incorrect theories. For nearly 2,000 years, no one challenged Aristotle’s “statement of fact” that heavier objects fall faster. Galileo disproved that during the 16th century. How about the absolute fact that the Earth is the center of the solar system? […]

‘Tis the Season

‘Tis the Season

When God set the Earth in motion around the sun, you have to wonder how he had the insight to make autumn the absolute best time of the year. First of all, autumn marks the end of the dreary summer heat and a return to the blessings of outdoor comfort. During the next few months […]