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: Patent issued for Williams Tube, an early form of RAM

Tech Time Warp: Patent issued for Williams Tube, an early form of RAM

After World War II, British electrical engineer Frederic Williams found himself on the hunt for his next project. During the war, he had developed radar technology that could identify friendly aircraft, using “Friend or Foe,” or IFF, radar. So, what...

/ December 14, 2018
Tech Time Warp: The modern-day Robin Hoods of the Chaos Computer Club

Tech Time Warp: The modern-day Robin Hoods of the Chaos Computer Club

The Chaos Computer Club, Europe’s self-described “largest association of hackers,” has always taken an unorthodox approach to saving the world. Founded in 1981 by activist Wau Holland, the club — also known as the CCC — boasts 5,500 members and works to...

/ December 7, 2018
Tech Time Warp: The Birth of Pong and the Video Game Industry

Tech Time Warp: The Birth of Pong and the Video Game Industry

The patrons of Andy Capp’s Tavern in Sunnyvale, California, didn’t know they were witnessing history during the night of Nov. 29, 1972. On that evening Al Alcorn installed the game Pong at the bar, jumpstarting the video game industry.

/ November 30, 2018
Tech Time Warp: Bill Gates and the Lakeside Programmers Group

Tech Time Warp: Bill Gates and the Lakeside Programmers Group

Never underestimate the PTA’s power to change the world. If you need proof, look no further than Bill Gates. The Microsoft co-founder, billionaire philanthropist, and 1973 Lakeside Prep School alum got his start in technology when the Lakeside Mothers Club...

/ November 23, 2018
Tech Time Warp: If you give a mouse a patent

Tech Time Warp: If you give a mouse a patent

On Nov. 17, 1970, U.S. Patent 3541541A was issued to Douglas Engelbart, a Stanford University researcher. The patent was for the “X-Y Position Indicator for a Display System,” which — if you’re either skilled in tech speak or a computer...

/ November 16, 2018
Tech Time Warp: Fred Cohen’s work leads to the term “virus”

Tech Time Warp: Fred Cohen’s work leads to the term “virus”

It’s usually difficult to pinpoint the origins of a physical virus, but when it comes to the term “computer virus,” we can trace that back to the graduate school work of computer scientist, Fred Cohen. On Nov. 10, 1983, he...

/ November 9, 2018
Tech Time Warp: The first electronic message between two computers

Tech Time Warp: The first electronic message between two computers

An estimated 281 billion emails are sent each day worldwide — and lo and behold, they all got their start with the letters “LO.” On Oct. 29, 1969 — just three months after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon —...

/ November 2, 2018
Tech Time Warp: National Cybersecurity Awareness Month marks 15 years of service

Tech Time Warp: National Cybersecurity Awareness Month marks 15 years of service

Fifteen years ago, in recognition of the massive “stranger danger” present online, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NSCA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) observed the first National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

/ October 26, 2018
Tech Time Warp: The curious cases of early hackers

Tech Time Warp: The curious cases of early hackers

These days, cybersecurity is such a pervasive concern that it’s easy to forget law enforcement and the courts once had no idea what to do with hackers. Some of the earliest cases of hacking and computer fraud predate the federal...

/ October 19, 2018
Tech Time Warp: Big-time data breaches and the cybersecurity sins that led to them

Tech Time Warp: Big-time data breaches and the cybersecurity sins that led to them

Cybersecurity often seems like a moving target. The bad guys have a seemingly endless supply of spammy servers, plus all the time and budget in the world, whereas those charged with protecting companies from cybercrime face normal business constraints in...

/ October 12, 2018