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: Happy birthday to Douglas Engelbart, inventor of the mouse

Tech Time Warp: Happy birthday to Douglas Engelbart, inventor of the mouse

Born Jan. 30, 1925, Douglas Engelbart isn’t a household name for most people, but we all know—and many of us can’t live without—his most famous invention: the computer mouse. The Portland, Oregon, native served as a Navy radar technician in...

/ January 26, 2018
Happy99 worm
Tech Time Warp: The Not-So Happy99 Worm

Tech Time Warp: The Not-So Happy99 Worm

The email users of January 1999 were an innocent bunch. Fresh from seeing “You’ve Got Mail” at the box office, they received emails with the attachment Happy99.exe and thought nothing about double-clicking. One rather lame “fireworks” display later, most of...

/ January 19, 2018
2001 A Space Odyssey
Tech Time Warp: Happy birthday, HAL—however old you are

Tech Time Warp: Happy birthday, HAL—however old you are

Depending on your vantage point, HAL—the supercomputer at the heart of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey—is turning 21, 26, or 50 this year. In the screenplay, a malfunctioning HAL says, “I became operational at the H.A.L. Plant in Urbana,...

/ January 12, 2018
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Tech Time Warp: The Origin of the Name “Microsoft”

Tech Time Warp: The Origin of the Name “Microsoft”

Quick: Name some of the mostly widely used portmanteaus of the past 40 years. You might think of “Bennifer,” “Brangelina,” and other failed celebrity couples, but did you think of Microsoft? On Jan. 2, 1975, Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and...

/ January 5, 2018 / 3 Comments
Charles Babbage
Tech Time Warp: Happy Birthday to Charles Babbage, Father of Computing

Tech Time Warp: Happy Birthday to Charles Babbage, Father of Computing

Amid the time warp that is the week between Christmas and New Year’s, don’t forget to raise a glass of eggnog in honor of Charles Babbage, the “Father of Computing,” born on Dec. 26, 1791. The English mathematician’s prescient plans—some...

/ December 29, 2017
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Tech Time Warp: The Not-So-Merry Christmas Tree Exec

Tech Time Warp: The Not-So-Merry Christmas Tree Exec

As an MSP, you might want to remind clients not to let holiday cheer get in the way of smart Internet use and security best practices. Thirty years ago, users of the European Academic Research Network (EARN) and its U.S....

/ December 22, 2017 / 1 Comment
CAN-SPAM Act
Tech Time Warp: The CAN-SPAM Act Turns 14

Tech Time Warp: The CAN-SPAM Act Turns 14

The “Nigerian princes” of the world were dealt a semi-blow on Dec. 16, 2003, when Congress passed the awkwardly named “Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act,” or CAN-SPAM Act. Legitimate email marketers were required to include a...

/ December 15, 2017
Apple QuickTime
Tech Time Warp: A quick look back at QuickTime’s beginnings

Tech Time Warp: A quick look back at QuickTime’s beginnings

For today’s Mac user, QuickTime is nothing special—just part of the base package, lost among other bells and whistles. But travel back to this week in December 1991, when consumers got their first taste of QuickTime 1.0, and you’ll understand...

/ December 8, 2017
MP3 history
Tech Time Warp: The Surprisingly Long History of the MP3

Tech Time Warp: The Surprisingly Long History of the MP3

In May, the creators of the MP3 called time of death on their revolutionary file format. The Fraunhofer Institute in Germany announced that its licensing program for MP3-related patents—the first of which was issued in the United States on Nov....

/ December 1, 2017
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Tech Time Warp: A look back at some of the biggest tech turkeys

Tech Time Warp: A look back at some of the biggest tech turkeys

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then your Black Friday shopping list probably includes some of the year’s hottest technology. Maybe you’re eyeing a VR headset, wearables, or smart home devices. The trouble with being an early adopter,...

/ November 24, 2017