Gregory A. Baker



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 […]

That’s No Moon Pie

That’s No Moon Pie

Freshly off our celebration of PI day, and as we come to the end of PI month, I hope that you’ve taken the opportunity to ponder over PI. PI is a magical quantity, and its importance cannot be understated. We would be remiss, however, if we didn’t recognize that PI has its flaws. First of […]

Caught in a Mesh

Caught in a Mesh

This week I thought that I was going to introduce an amazing overlooked piece of technology. I was so proud that I was able to weed it out from all the fluff — that my contribution for once was going to be compelling and relevant! I imagined all my devoted fans overwhelming Twitter with compliments […]

PI Day, Part 2

PI Day, Part 2

First of all, I need to share how my PI Day ended. As you know, last Friday night, my wife and I were set for a date night to go see “Veronica Mars.” Oh, but wait… did it even occur to us that no theater in this city would pick up the movie? That’s right. […]

Happy π Day

Happy π Day

Two significant events occur on March 14 this year. The first is the release of the “Veronica Mars” movie. The second is the annual celebration of PI (or π) Day! Yes, PI Day — the geekiest of all the observed holidays. This is the day we get to reflect and pontificate on all things PI. […]

Bing — They Finally Get It!

Bing — They Finally Get It!

Could it be possible that Microsoft has finally seen the light? Since its inception, Microsoft’s business model is based on receiving a license fee from each copy of its operating system. This model is great when you own a 95 percent market share as Microsoft did during the 1990s. However, it’s not so good when […]

Everything Is Awesome!

Everything Is Awesome!

“The Lego Movie” is awesome! My daughters and I went to go see it with some family friends this past weekend, and we had a blast. The Lego Universe comes alive on the screen right before you. And the depth of character found in those one-inch plastic figures… well, you would have never thought it […]

Prepper Status: EPIC FAIL!

Prepper Status: EPIC FAIL!

Every once in a while, we get the opportunity to see just how well we are really doing. For example, the Great Ice Storm of 2014 gave us the chance to see how prepared we are to handle extreme circumstances. Before last week (if had I even thought about it), I would have thought that […]