Gregory A. Baker



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 […]

For Profit

For Profit

Currently in America, it is very fashionable to speak negatively of the private sector. The conventional wisdom proclaims that all corporations are rooted in greed and are run by selfish individuals. Private sector opponents argue that profits are evil and penalize hard-working Americans. These individuals also state that no matter the form, capitalism ultimately ends […]

Bugs Do Not Come From Computers

Bugs Do Not Come From Computers

This past Memorial Day holiday, thousands of travelers were stranded in New York due to a reported “computer glitch.” This “computer glitch” apparently started with a “crashed” server that brought down the entire check-in system. To keep everything from coming to a complete stop, airline agents performed manual check-ins using paper tickets. Eventually, computer operations […]

YACC (aka, Yet Another Crypto Column)

YACC (aka, Yet Another Crypto Column)

By this point in time, everyone should be familiar with the crypto-virus and its many variants. Given all the media attention regarding crypto, I find it hard to believe that folks haven’t taken steps to protect themselves. But they haven’t, and just about every week I hear about another individual or organization attacked by crypto. […]

Not a Disaster

Not a Disaster

It is a perfectly good Monday morning. The kids are off to school without drama (mostly), and I arrive at the office a few minutes early. The entire team is all smiles. Why wouldn’t they be? Someone brought donuts. Yes, indeed. The week is starting off pretty good. Until… I just sat down to continue […]

This Week in Tek

This Week in Tek

Tesla Scores Again — Have you read any of the reviews for the new Tesla Model X? It’s the latest entry in Tesla’s line of 100 percent electric vehicles. The Model X is officially listed as an SUV with seating for up to seven adults. However, this car contains a few non-SUV like features. For […]