Gregory A. Baker



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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 […]

Google in the Sky

Google in the Sky

“Ah, the peace and quiet of outer space,” sighs Biff as he floats along in Low Earth Orbit. These cleanup missions are probably the favorite part of his job, almost like a vacation. No doubt when others think about getting away, their first thoughts are usually about the ocean or maybe a mountain retreat. But […]

All Hail Our Toaster Overlords

All Hail Our Toaster Overlords

The call came in around 10 o’clock this morning. It was another cardiac case where the pacer became self-aware and stopped accepting inputs. These are never fun. Hopefully, the device would still accept a wireless firmware patch. But I grabbed my other gear — laser scalpel, smart defib and sub-dermal patch kit — just in […]

What I Learned from “The Croods”

What I Learned from “The Croods”

I watched “The Croods” with my daughters this weekend. The movie was a surprisingly good story of a caveman family as they transition to life in the modern world. (Of course, since the movie came from DreamWorks, I shouldn’t have been surprised… has anything they done been bad?) At the beginning of the movie, the […]

How Well Are You Keeping Up?

How Well Are You Keeping Up?

The fast-paced world of technology maintains a single, steadfast constant — change. Do you like that laptop you’re using today? Too bad. After the new operating system upgrade, it’ll be dog slow. How about that cool, new smart phone? Forget about it. The technology that makes it obsolete was released last week. Let’s face it: […]

Get Out!

Nothing To Do   My Xbox One sits patiently below my television set. For the last few months, that’s about all it has done. When I first got the Xbox, we hooked it up to the cable box so that we could change channels through voice command. That was very cool… for about 15 minutes. […]