Gregory A. Baker



When Disaster Strikes

When Disaster Strikes

Are you prepared? No, I’m not talking about the upcoming zombie apocalypse or a [insert candidate’s name here] presidency. While these are important considerations, let’s keep the conversation technical. Let’s talk about your data. First question, do you have any critical data? If I were to say that all of the information on your computer […]

Don’t Kermit

Don’t Kermit

Kermit the Frog (n.) The name of the bright green frog that is one of the central characters of the Muppets. Kermit (v.) The reaction of a computer user to particularly distressing system issue. This reaction is accompanied by a loud scream and an uncontrollable flapping of the arms. The other day I was packing […]

A Mile-High Hack

A Mile-High Hack

The meeting went long, too long if you ask my opinion, but we ended up getting everything that we needed to continue the project. Believe it or not, I’m looking forward to the trip home. The San Jose to Atlanta flight should give me enough time to catch up on email and do some birthday […]

Private Thoughts

Private Thoughts

The year is 2076. Three centuries ago, a brave band of patriots pledged their fortunes together while gathered here in Philadelphia. It’s funny how history repeats itself. Our division found ourselves outside Philadelphia after being driven from New York. We all know that the resistance is in a precarious state, and I guess that’s why […]

Battlefront Fail

Battlefront Fail

On numerous occasions I’ve shared with you my personal struggles with Minecraft. While at first Minecraft appears to be innocuous, this simplistic entrée into virtual reality guides the obsessive compulsive to their demise. The clean geometrical concepts urge the builder to push just a little further, until all that rises above the ground is transformed […]

The Nature of Things

The Nature of Things

While he’s off saving the (virtual) world, please enjoy this Greg Baker column from 2013. There’s an old saying that goes back to the 80386 generation. “In cyberspace, they can’t hear you scream.” Or something like that anyway. I remember hearing it shortly after I was first instantiated on E1M1: Hanger. “Knee Deep in the […]

This Week In Science

This Week In Science

It’s Snow More — This morning on the way to school, my daughter asked a very interesting and insightful question. “Daddy, why is the snowman still there when the snow is all gone?” Significant snowfalls only occur in Augusta every once in a while, and the snow usually doesn’t last long. The warm ground coupled […]

$5 Cash Back

$5 Cash Back

This week, we are going to spend some time with Joe. Joe is your average ordinary kind of guy. He has a technical degree and works for an engineering firm. On occasion, he watches “Downton Abbey” with his wife, but he prefers watching shows like “The Big Bang Theory” and “Face Off.” Needless to say, […]

I Can’t Sleep

I Can’t Sleep

This week’s column actually begins many, many years ago — back in the era before technology, back even before civilization. During this time, humans lived off the land, eating what they could hunt or gather. They lived in makeshift shelters, and much of their lives revolved around simply staying alive. Survival breeds some interesting features […]

Keeping Up

Keeping Up

For some reason, I was happy for the holidays to finally be over. I’m not sure why. It certainly wasn’t due to a lack of holiday spirit. This Christmas was one of the best ever! We completed our shopping early, and all the pre-Christmas holiday festivities occurred with minimal drama. Our family spent many hours […]