Gregory A. Baker



New Gadgets for a New Year

New Gadgets for a New Year

Have you noticed that it’s been cold outside? I’m not sure where these polar vortex things originate, but when they hit, the only thing we can do is stay inside. Fortunately, the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show kicked off this week. I guess since we’re stuck inside, we might as well jump over to CNET and […]

Whizzing Through Atlanta

Whizzing Through Atlanta

I’m proud to be from Augusta, Georgia. As one of the oldest Southern cities, Augusta holds a special place in the development of Southern hospitality and charm. Manners are important, and we all teach our children to follow the golden rule. Similarly, for the sake of Southern decency, some topics just don’t need to be […]

‘Twas the Day After Christmas

‘Twas the Day After Christmas

‘Twas the day after Christmas and all through the home, Sounded the screech of the alarm, causing the father to moan. A holiday so sacred, new memories so sweet, Why must it fall in the middle of the week?   The father, he stirred, “I must tend to my shop.” The sandman gave a push, […]

A Riff in Space-Time

A Riff in Space-Time

“Captain, we’ve been pulled into an alternate dimension due a riff in the space-time continuum.” If you heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times. It’s the trump card of science fiction. No matter how ridiculous or contrived, any plot line can be restored to order through a simple tear of the space-time fabric. […]

Time For a Change

Time For a Change

“We understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens. But this summer’s revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide. The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual — rights that are enshrined in our Constitution. […]

Crossing the Air Gap

Crossing the Air Gap

badBIOS — It’s a fundamental rule of computer security: The only way to absolutely protect yourself from intruders is to take your computer off the wire. In other words, create an “air gap” between yourself and the Internet. No hardwire. No Wi-Fi. No Bluetooth. Just a computer, a user and maybe an encrypted thumb drive […]

The llama whipping is over

The llama whipping is over

Aningaaq — Do you remember the point in the movie “Gravity” where Ryan Stone makes a distress call from the Soyuz capsule? She makes contact, but the person on the other side of the call doesn’t speak English. The writers of “Gravity” have released a short film that shows the other side of that call. […]

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I learned to type way back in the day at Evans High School. The typing class was a one-semester elective, and I have no clue why I took it. If it was to meet girls, it must have been an unqualified disaster. I remember being one of only a few guys in a 30-person class, […]

More Data Please

More Data Please

One of my co-workers is blessed to have three kids of prime Internet age. That means, of course, a constant river of TCP/IP packets streams into his household. Online gaming, HD movies, social networking, video chat… if the media can be digitized, it’s being consumed. For these kids, however, limits exist. A total disappearance into […]

Steamed

Steamed

My wife doesn’t know this yet, but we’re getting a Playstation for Christmas. Or maybe an Xbox. I haven’t decided. Either way, this gift is a purely altruistic offering to my daughters. They’ve been so good about playing Minecraft on their hand-me-down original iPad and iPhone 3s. (Yes, they play Minecraft on an iPhone 3s […]