Gregory A. Baker



Reboot

Reboot

Anyone calling an IT support line is likely to be asked a simple question very early in the conversation, “Have you restarted your system?” This question has evolved into one of the top catchphrases of IT support, right up there with “Is it plugged in?” and “Do you see any lights blinking?” From the support […]

May the 4th

May the 4th

Unless you’ve been living under a rock on one of the Outer Rim systems, you’ve heard by now that the next installment of Star Wars will premiere later this year. For those that have spent the last couple of years on Geonosis, the new movie is called “Episode VII — The Force Awakens” and will […]

Reach Out and Touch Someone 

Reach Out and Touch Someone 

The Apple Watch is just around the corner. True to their cause, the Apple faithful will form lines out the door in anticipation of the release. Unlike other Apple products, I believe many others will observe from afar. Some skepticism is associated with this product. The size of the screen is the obvious limiting factor. […]

Then Versus Now

Then Versus Now

Growing up in Columbia County back in the early 1980s was a much different experience than you find today. The growth, of course, is easy to see. Back then, there were only two high schools (with split sessions) versus the five today. Washington Road was a two-lane road with only a single stop light between […]

The Life of Botnet Virus

The Life of Botnet Virus

Hello. Are you there? Hello. This is… hold on… what’s my MAC? Yes, this is ZeuS971741. Are you there? Hello. This is ZeuS971741 trying to check in. Is anyone out there? Please respond. Ah, the heck with this. I’ve tried all the different IPs. No one is going to respond. Command and control is down. […]

A Week of Security Onion

A Week of Security Onion

The first indication of a problem occurred at 8:27 a.m. My shift partner, Sarah, and I had just arrived at our stations when the IDS alert popped up on the SGUIL dashboard. SNORT detected network traffic that indicated the possible existence of a JAVA exploit on the network. A few seconds later, another alert indicated […]

The Real Story of Net Neutrality 

The Real Story of Net Neutrality 

It took a while, but I finally get it. Net neutrality was never about protecting the little guy. We all pretty much knew that going in. After all, the recent push for net neutrality originated from a play of crony capitalism by Netflix. (“Please, Mr. Government, protect us from those evil people at Comcast!”) Now […]

Grunt Work 2.0

Grunt Work 2.0

My grandfather built Augusta. Well, at least certain parts of it. He spent his entire life working construction. Growing up, I remember Granddaddy driving us through what are now considered old Augusta neighborhoods. He would point out every house that his crew built. He remembered every single one, and each house had a story that […]

The Beginning of the End

The Beginning of the End

Years from now, the world will look back on February 26, 2015, as the day that the Internet began to die. Today, the FCC reclassifies the Internet as a common carrier service and imposes archaic 1930s-era regulation upon the most innovative and creative culture since the Renaissance. Very soon, an avalanche of rules and compliance […]

Cogito Ergo Sum

Cogito Ergo Sum

A high school lecture… sometime in the next century… [The teacher continues…] In the winter of 2015, a group of researchers from Kaspersky Lab released their findings in regards to a suite of malware that had been discovered over the last decade. This software is attributed to the efforts of state-sponsored cyber espionage due to […]