Gregory A. Baker



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. […]

Who Are You Going to Call

Who Are You Going to Call

Hey, has anyone heard about this Heartbleed security flaw thing? Just kidding… by this point, even the most casual follower of tech news has heard about Heartbleed. In short, a defect was found in an open source product that is widely used to encrypt data communications. Moreover, the defect has been present in production systems […]

Can’t Get Here Fast Enough

Can’t Get Here Fast Enough

The race to a gigabit Internet is now officially underway. For the past couple of years, Google has been building gigabit services in selected cities. The system first went live in Kansas City in 2012, and it’s currently in development in Provo, Utah, and Austin, Texas. The conventional wisdom was that this was a simply […]

Something Old, Something New

Something Old, Something New

Something Old — On April 8, 2014, Microsoft officially ends support for its venerable flagship operating system, Windows XP, and productivity package, Office 2003. To many, this software still defines desktop computing and provides a comforting and reliable platform to perform daily tasks. In retrospect, though, Windows XP’s days were always numbered. The first iPod […]