Gregory A. Baker



Who’s On Your Network?

Who’s On Your Network?

I want you to do something when you get back to your house or apartment. Take out your phone or laptop and look at the available Wi-Fi connections. Most of you will probably see multiple connections, possibly even five or more. Hopefully, all the connections are locked, i.e., a passcode is required to connect. More […]

The Best and Brightest

The Best and Brightest

Each year, the Georgia Tech Alumni Network of Augusta conducts a send-off event for the class of rising freshmen from the local area. These individuals are among the best and brightest students in Augusta. This year, I had the honor of hosting this event, and it was a pleasure to welcome these outstanding ladies and […]

Good Attitude = Good Day

Good Attitude = Good Day

Everybody has a “Monday” experience from time to time. You know, those kinds of days that start badly and get worse as they go on. For example, the morning begins with a review of your open tickets. You wince from the sheer number of open requests. An IM pop-up informs the team that a couple […]

The TA Is Online

The TA Is Online

The last week of July. For residents of Augusta, Georgia, two things are absolutely certain during this time of the year. First, the dog days of summer are in full force with a good old-fashioned Southern layer of humidity covering the region like a blanket. Second, school is about to begin. Yes, isn’t it ridiculous […]

Happy Birthday to Me

Happy Birthday to Me

Ah, the advantages of a summertime birthday… That’s probably something you might not expect to hear. I can attest from experience that most folks gloss over summertime birthdays. Honestly, I can’t blame them. After all, it’s summer! But that’s why Leos were born in the summer. We can handle it. Fun, adventurous, playful — Leos […]

Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go

Don’t even try to deny it. Pokémon Go is pretty cool. Pokémon Go landed in the U.S. last week. The premise is simple: search for little monsters and catch them. Here’s the trick. These monsters actually live in a realm where cyberspace meets the physical. The only way you can see them is through the […]

Algorithmic Freedom

Algorithmic Freedom

At one point in time, I made the ridiculous statement to a large gathering of my peers that I was an “algorithm engineer.” This was a long time ago when I was younger and more naïve than I am now. The statement itself is one of absurdity. An algorithm engineer? Isn’t that what all engineers […]

Unpredictable

Unpredictable

In 2002, the movie “Minority Report” challenged our view of free will. In this movie, three mutated humans possessed the ability to foretell the future and identify crimes before they were committed. A new PreCrime police unit intervened and put the murderers away before they had a chance to act. A great juxtaposition of determinism […]

CM or Die

CM or Die

For the IT professional, Configuration Management is probably one of the most despised yet one of the most important functions of the job. Performing configuration management tasks is only a shade more interesting than watching paint dry. Forms, paperwork, documentation — tedious and laborious tasks by any individual’s definition. Most professionals I know would rather […]

Take a Note

Take a Note

Stop for a minute. Close your eyes, and think of something. A person. A place. A dream. Visualize it, and see it so clearly that you believe it’s real. Now take out a pen and a sheet of paper, and write it down. There’s something special about writing down your thoughts. Thoughts are fleeting, disappearing as quickly as […]