Gregory A. Baker



The New iMovie is a Maverick

The New iMovie is a Maverick

My first encounter with iMovie was a total disaster. It happened about five years ago as I was trying to put together a marketing video. The user interface was less than intuitive. I couldn’t figure out how to upload raw video clips, never mind the tasks of editing and overlaying. I had purchased the Mac […]

A Scientific Rush

A Scientific Rush

I see this week’s column shaping up in one of two ways: 1. Last week, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a critically important decision on net neutrality that will most likely transform the relationship between Internet user and Internet provider. I can walk through this horribly complex and tedious topic, perhaps boring you […]

How Google Will Rule the World (Part I)

How Google Will Rule the World (Part I)

Every once in a while a random blogger will pose a question that seems dumb at first, but after some thought and further reading, turns out to hold a greater meaning. Here’s the proposition: You are an alien species seeking to invade the Earth. In order to collect information prior to the invasion, you have […]

New Gadgets for a New Year

New Gadgets for a New Year

Have you noticed that it’s been cold outside? I’m not sure where these polar vortex things originate, but when they hit, the only thing we can do is stay inside. Fortunately, the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show kicked off this week. I guess since we’re stuck inside, we might as well jump over to CNET and […]

Whizzing Through Atlanta

Whizzing Through Atlanta

I’m proud to be from Augusta, Georgia. As one of the oldest Southern cities, Augusta holds a special place in the development of Southern hospitality and charm. Manners are important, and we all teach our children to follow the golden rule. Similarly, for the sake of Southern decency, some topics just don’t need to be […]

‘Twas the Day After Christmas

‘Twas the Day After Christmas

‘Twas the day after Christmas and all through the home, Sounded the screech of the alarm, causing the father to moan. A holiday so sacred, new memories so sweet, Why must it fall in the middle of the week?   The father, he stirred, “I must tend to my shop.” The sandman gave a push, […]

A Riff in Space-Time

A Riff in Space-Time

“Captain, we’ve been pulled into an alternate dimension due a riff in the space-time continuum.” If you heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times. It’s the trump card of science fiction. No matter how ridiculous or contrived, any plot line can be restored to order through a simple tear of the space-time fabric. […]

Time For a Change

Time For a Change

“We understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens. But this summer’s revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide. The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual — rights that are enshrined in our Constitution. […]

Crossing the Air Gap

Crossing the Air Gap

badBIOS — It’s a fundamental rule of computer security: The only way to absolutely protect yourself from intruders is to take your computer off the wire. In other words, create an “air gap” between yourself and the Internet. No hardwire. No Wi-Fi. No Bluetooth. Just a computer, a user and maybe an encrypted thumb drive […]

The llama whipping is over

The llama whipping is over

Aningaaq — Do you remember the point in the movie “Gravity” where Ryan Stone makes a distress call from the Soyuz capsule? She makes contact, but the person on the other side of the call doesn’t speak English. The writers of “Gravity” have released a short film that shows the other side of that call. […]