Gregory A. Baker



#ROBOTLIVESMATTER

#ROBOTLIVESMATTER

It’s been a bad couple of months for robots. A few weeks ago we talked to hitchBot about his ill-fated adventures to the United States. If you missed the interview, hitchBot is a pioneer of hitchhiking robots. His story rose to prominence after successful hitchhikes across Canada and Europe. Unfortunately, while attempting to hitchhike across […]

Granddaddy Knows All

Granddaddy Knows All

My father has a number of different sayings that he uses from time to time. By far, his favorite is “Stay out of the way of crazies.” This saying requires no explanation, and the number of times that we’ve applied this principle is incalculable. This saying has proven so valuable, Dad gave it a name […]

Virus Alert!

Virus Alert!

The last two weeks reminded me of something that I had forgotten — I hate viruses. Now since I know that you read this column for my brilliant technical insight, I’ll forgive you for jumping to the conclusion that today’s column will be related to malware. No, it’s a quite bit simpler than that. My […]

Please Help

Please Help

Yes? Hello? I need to talk to someone about my printer. … Well, the darn thing doesn’t print… More specific? Well — let’s see — I’m in my Word, and I click on the printer button, and nothing happens. It’s usually does, but I just can’t get it to work this time. … Well, I’ve […]

Power Off

Power Off

I learned something today. It’s nothing earth-shattering. It’s just a tidbit of information that I found useful. I hope that others would find it useful as well. Unbeknownst to myself, Georgia Power publishes a webpage that is actually quite useful. This webpage displays the current status of outages across the state of Georgia. For example, […]

Something That Lasts

Something That Lasts

Do you know how hard it is to build something that lasts 100 years? Think about it. Of all the items that you touch or see on a daily basis, how many of them were created more than 100 years ago? Certainly, your iPhone or anything electronic you might own is less than five years […]

The Fish, the Rat and the Cat

The Fish, the Rat and the Cat

Toward the end of last year, our family adopted a stray kitten. This was not a planned event. On the scale of cosmic coincidences, this would certainly qualify as a “fortuitous moment.” Apparently, a poor little kitten escaped from a nearby litter. While this would result in certain doom for most kittens, this one quickly […]

Interview with a Robot

Interview with a Robot

“I still can’t believe those bastards in Philly…” The robot sat across from me, a pained expression etched in his face. His gaze focuses generally on nothing as the events of the past few weeks continue to dominate his thoughts. He raises his eyes up to me, and you can clearly see a spark of […]

Drone Wars

Drone Wars

It’s official — the next new thing is here. Like most new things, it didn’t arrive overnight. Unmanned aerial vehicles, i.e. drones, have slowly and steadily integrated themselves into niche areas of our everyday lives. And like all novelties that turn out to actually be useful, the drones are here to stay. Before preceding any […]

The Law (©2015)

The Law (©2015)

Okay, so this is the type of craziness that bugs a lot of people. Of all documents, I can think of no other publication that justifies being in the public domain more so than the set of laws and regulations we use to govern ourselves. Developed by elected representatives at the expense of taxpayers, these […]