Tag: Tech Time Warp

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

Java
Tech Time Warp: Java gets its start

Tech Time Warp: Java gets its start

The software that runs millions of smartphones and made the Internet more functional celebrates an anniversary this week. On April 8, 1991, James Gosling and a Sun Microsystems development team—then known as the “Green” development team, working on a project...

/ April 13, 2018
Trojan horse
Tech Time Warp: Even UNIVAC was susceptible to viruses

Tech Time Warp: Even UNIVAC was susceptible to viruses

It’s easy to think about viruses as a product of the PC era. But, one of the first viruses ever created affected UNIVAC computers. Although ANIMAL was ultimately a benign creation—a game spread by a separate program called PERVADE—its creator...

/ April 6, 2018
UNIVAC
Tech Time Warp: U.S. Census Bureau signs UNIVAC contract

Tech Time Warp: U.S. Census Bureau signs UNIVAC contract

With the next census just two years away—it takes place April 1, 2020—it’s worth remembering the machine that computerized the U.S. Census Bureau’s operations. The bureau signed a contract on March 31, 1951, to use the UNIVAC, or the UNIVersal...

/ March 30, 2018
Giants Brains
Tech Time Warp: Edmund Berkeley, a giant brain of computing

Tech Time Warp: Edmund Berkeley, a giant brain of computing

Computer history is filled with quirky individuals—and Edmund Berkeley, born March 21, 1909, is among the most fascinating. It’s hard to pinpoint what Berkeley should be most known for: Founding the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)? (Relations with ACM later...

/ March 23, 2018
Atanasoff-Berry computer
Tech Time Warp: John Vincent Atanasoff named inventor of the digital computer

Tech Time Warp: John Vincent Atanasoff named inventor of the digital computer

The story of the Atanaoff-Berry Computer, or the ABC, has plenty of interesting twists—not the least of which is a March 19, 1972, court ruling pronouncing co-inventor John Vincent Atanasoff the rightful inventor of the electronic digital computer. Previously that...

/ March 16, 2018
Tech Time Warp: Homebrew Computer Club Meets in a Garage

Tech Time Warp: Homebrew Computer Club Meets in a Garage

Never underestimate a group of guys who want to hang out in the garage. After all, the Homebrew Computer Club began meeting In programmer Gordon French’s Menlo Park, California, garage in March 1975 — and while the neighbors might have...

/ March 10, 2018
Tech Time Warp: A Look Back at the Ping-Pong Virus

Tech Time Warp: A Look Back at the Ping-Pong Virus

Thirty years ago, a little bouncing ball was driving computer users bonkers. Discovered at Italy’s University of Turin in March 1988, the Ping-Pong virus was a boot sector virus affecting MS-DOS machines. It spread via infected floppy disks. (Remember those?)...

/ March 2, 2018
Tech Time Warp: A Language That’s Anything But, Well, Basic

Tech Time Warp: A Language That’s Anything But, Well, Basic

Basic is such a loaded term these days. The kids use it as a synonym for unremarkable and uninteresting—interestingly enough, words that could not describe BASIC, the computer language co-invented by John Kemeny and Thomas E. Kurtz at Dartmouth University.

/ February 23, 2018
Tech Time Warp: Meet ENIAC, the First Digital General Purpose Computer

Tech Time Warp: Meet ENIAC, the First Digital General Purpose Computer

It might lack the immediate name recognition of Harvard’s Mark I or Bletchley Park’s Colossus, but the University of Pennsylvania’s ENIAC stands right next to them in the annals of computer history. The Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer made its...

/ February 16, 2018
Tech Time Warp: First published reference to vaporware

Tech Time Warp: First published reference to vaporware

In Texas, they call it “all hat, no cattle.” In Silicon Valley, they call it vaporware, and the first use of the term was in a Feb. 3, 1986, Time Magazine article by Philip Elmer-DeWitt about the delayed release of...

/ February 2, 2018