Kate Johanns

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Kate Johanns is a communications professional and freelance writer with more than 13 years of experience in publishing and marketing.

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Tech Time Warp: Tennis for Two, the World’s First Video Game

Tech Time Warp: Tennis for Two, the World’s First Video Game

Today’s gaming vloggers owe a lot to a nuclear physicist. On Oct. 18, 1958, during Brookhaven National Laboratory’s annual visitors’ day, attendees played “Tennis for Two,” considered by many to be the world’s first video game. Brookhaven physicist William Higinbotham...

/ October 20, 2017
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Tech Time Warp: Steve Jobs’ NeXT Move

Tech Time Warp: Steve Jobs’ NeXT Move

If someone tells you the NeXT computer was “Steve Jobs’ biggest failure,” consider that person uninformed (or a purveyor of clickbait). After all, if you’re reading this blog post on an Apple device, you’re benefiting from Jobs’ NeXT-level thinking. Like...

/ October 13, 2017
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Tech Time Warp: Ghostball virus haunts PC users

Tech Time Warp: Ghostball virus haunts PC users

In October 1989, some PC users received a nasty visitor in the form of the Ghostball virus, malware with double the tricks and none of the treats. Discovered by Icelandic virus expert Fridrik Skulason, Ghostball was one of the first...

/ October 6, 2017
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Tech Time Warp: Happy Birthday to Microsoft Word

Tech Time Warp: Happy Birthday to Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is so synonymous with office life it’s hard to consider it groundbreaking. But next time you’re plodding through TPS reports, think back to October 1983, when word processing wasn’t quite so easy. A lucky few had access to...

/ September 29, 2017
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Tech Time Warp: Copyright protection for computer code

Tech Time Warp: Copyright protection for computer code

Sept. 22, 1986, marked a milestone in a protracted legal battle between Intel and NEC Corp. over copyright protection of computer code. As they fought for control of the microprocessor market, the two semiconductor companies—Intel American, and NEC Corp. Japanese—found...

/ September 22, 2017
CryptoLocker
Tech Time Warp: CryptoLocker takes ransomware mainstream

Tech Time Warp: CryptoLocker takes ransomware mainstream

These days, every MSP is well aware of the risks of ransomware (and hopefully using cloud backup to protect against it). But back in September 2013, the concept of malware that encrypted your files and demanded payment within a 72-hour...

/ September 15, 2017
Tech Time Warp: Grace Hopper’s Computer Bug

Tech Time Warp: Grace Hopper’s Computer Bug

“It must have a bug” is the easy way to explain away technology troubles, but few of us have pondered why we say that. Turns out computer pioneer Grace Hopper plays a role in the etymology (not entomology) of the...

/ September 8, 2017
Tech Time Warp: W3 Catalog Makes the Internet Searchable

Tech Time Warp: W3 Catalog Makes the Internet Searchable

“Let me Google that for you.” A few of us still remember life before Google. Turns out that even before there was an Excite or a Lycos, there was a W3 Catalog. Making its debut on Sept. 2, 1993, the...

/ September 1, 2017
Tech Time Warp: When Internet Explorer Was Cool

Tech Time Warp: When Internet Explorer Was Cool

Let’s time-travel back to August 1995, when Bill Gates and his company introduced the world to Internet Explorer 1.0. Making its debut on August 16, 1995, this wasn’t the IE you later spurned for Chrome and Firefox. No, this was...

/ August 18, 2017
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Tech Time Warp: The story behind five everyday tech terms

Tech Time Warp: The story behind five everyday tech terms

Given technology’s fast pace, it’s easy to forget someone in 1995 would look at you like you were from Mars if you mentioned your Bluetooth. Turns out the stories behind commonly used tech terms are fairly fascinating. For instance, thank...

/ August 11, 2017