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.

Pioneers in Tech: Elizabeth “Jake” Feinler’s domain names

Pioneers in Tech: Elizabeth “Jake” Feinler’s domain names

The use of .com, .edu, .org, etc., is so commonplace you might not have contemplated its origin story. But someone had to make sense of what became the internet—and that someone is Elizabeth “Jake” Feinler, who managed the internet’s host...

/ April 9, 2021
Tech Time Warp: Remembering Microsoft’s Z80 SoftCard

Tech Time Warp: Remembering Microsoft’s Z80 SoftCard

Microsoft’s recent success with the Surface doesn’t change the fact the tech giant is primarily known for software. After all, Windows and Microsoft Office are ubiquitous in corporate life. But don’t let these juggernauts erase memories of the Z80 SoftCard,...

/ April 2, 2021
Tech Time Warp: Melissa virus opens eyes to risks of cybercrime

Tech Time Warp: Melissa virus opens eyes to risks of cybercrime

In 1999, the internet seemed like a more innocent place. Few of us were aware of the risks associated with logging on. But then the Melissa virus came along and opened our eyes. Reportedly named after a Florida stripper, the...

/ March 26, 2021
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 19, 2021
Pioneers in Tech: Frances Allen, first female Turing Award winner

Pioneers in Tech: Frances Allen, first female Turing Award winner

Legendary IBM computer scientist Frances Allen, who passed away on her 88th birthday in August 2020, is an exemplary technology pioneer to recognize during Women’s History Month. Allen grew up on a dairy farm and attended a one-room school in...

/ March 12, 2021
Tech Time Warp: Torpig malware collects stolen financial data

Tech Time Warp: Torpig malware collects stolen financial data

Once upon a time, you could avoid malware by staying away from “seedy” websites. But the Torpig botnet—aka Sinowal, aka Mebroot—proved that even reputable business websites could be compromised and refer traffic to malicious download sites. First spotted in late...

/ March 5, 2021
Tech Time Warp: Harvest computer decodes secrets for the NSA

Tech Time Warp: Harvest computer decodes secrets for the NSA

On February 27, 1976, a ground-breaking supercomputer was quietly decommissioned at the National Security Agency, with its story only to be told years later, once declassified. The one-of-a-kind Harvest computer—a special model of the IBM 7030, or Stretch—was specifically built...

/ February 26, 2021
Tech Time Warp: Technology and the right to privacy

Tech Time Warp: Technology and the right to privacy

One of the great ironies of modern life: Technology has made life easier, but it’s also made life more complex. It’s great that location data has made the road atlas obsolete, but how much privacy can you reasonably expect when...

/ February 19, 2021
Pioneers in Tech: The first African American PhD in Computer Science

Pioneers in Tech: The first African American PhD in Computer Science

The contributions of the Black community to technology history are only just beginning to be recognized, with “hidden figures” such as NASA’s Katherine Johnson finally receiving the accolades they deserve. Another tech pioneer that should be a household name is...

/ February 12, 2021 / 2 Comments
Five Super Bowl commercials from tech companies we can’t forget

Five Super Bowl commercials from tech companies we can’t forget

When it comes to the Super Bowl, not everyone’s a football fan, but we can all agree the commercials are at least half the fun — and the tech industry has contributed some of the most memorable big game ads...

/ February 5, 2021