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.

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
Koobface Worm
Tech Time Warp: Koobface worm begins to spread

Tech Time Warp: Koobface worm begins to spread

Back in August 2008—when you were still juggling Facebook and MySpace profiles—unsuspecting social networkers found their machines infected by Koobface, a particularly nasty computer worm. Koobface (an anagram for Facebook) caught its victims by tempting them with tantalizing Facebook links...

/ August 4, 2017
Apple's Lisa computer
Tech Time Warp: Apple begins work on the Lisa

Tech Time Warp: Apple begins work on the Lisa

While everyone else was at the beach during the summer of 1979, Steve Jobs began work on—you guessed it—another product that would change the world. The Lisa, introduced to the marketplace in 1983, was Apple’s first foray into personal computers...

/ July 28, 2017
Email outage chaos
Tech Time Warp: Email Outage Chaos

Tech Time Warp: Email Outage Chaos

The Internet makes life so much easier … except when it doesn’t. Just like a bad cold makes you appreciate breathing through your nose, an Internet outage makes you realize your reliance on email and texts and streaming services. The...

/ July 21, 2017