Gregory A. Baker



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 […]

The Sky is Falling

The Sky is Falling

As a student of aerospace, I understand that the threat is real. But nonetheless, something just seems pointless in the announcement from the United Nations: “United Nations to Adopt Asteroid Defense Plan.” Now, I know that everybody has different experiences, but honestly, do you remember the last time you worried about asteroids raining down on […]

Welcome to the Private Sector

When someone asks me about what you need to do to be a successful entrepreneur, it really comes down to some very simple stuff, as Dan Sullivan says in “How the Best Get Better.” · Do what you say. · Finish what you start. · Show up on time. · Say please and thank you. […]

Nothing but Time

It is a dark and stormy October evening as I race east down the parkway. As usual, I’m running late, my last appointment having difficulty grasping the difference between Group Policy and Active Directory. It’s the second time this month that I had to cancel dinner. If I let myself, I would probably feel a […]