Tag: Tech Time Warp

Tech Time Warp is a weekly feature that looks back at interesting moments and milestones in tech history.

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
tech turkeys
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
Conficker mystery
Tech Time Warp: The Confounding Case of Conficker

Tech Time Warp: The Confounding Case of Conficker

One of the most insidious worms of all time made its debut Nov. 21, 2008, and it’s still alive and kicking today. Conficker continues to spread, thanks to installations of the beloved but now out-of-support Windows XP. Eleven million devices...

/ November 17, 2017
Timesharing computing
Tech Time Warp: Happy birthday to a father of timesharing computing

Tech Time Warp: Happy birthday to a father of timesharing computing

Cloud computing might seem like a modern convenience, but its roots lie in the timesharing computers developed at MIT in the 1960s. Project MAC was directed by Italian-American computer pioneer Robert Fano, born on Nov. 11, 1917. Funded by the...

/ November 10, 2017
Morris worm
Tech Time Warp: Morris worm exposes Internet security issues

Tech Time Warp: Morris worm exposes Internet security issues

The morning of Nov. 3, 1988, the Internet discovered stranger danger thanks to a 24-year-old grad student whose intellectual curiosity got out of hand. The Morris worm was the creation of Cornell University student Robert Tappan Morris Jr. and provided...

/ November 3, 2017
ARPANET
Tech Time Warp: The ARPANET crash of 1980

Tech Time Warp: The ARPANET crash of 1980

A network-wide crash equals one of the worst work days ever, right? Hopefully you won’t be faced with one anytime soon, but if you are, take solace in the knowledge that they’ve always been a problem. On Oct. 27, 1980,...

/ October 27, 2017
first video game tennis for two
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
Steve Jobs
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
Ghostball virus
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
Microsoft Word
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