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
Pioneers in Tech: Nikola Tesla’s vision for wireless communication

Pioneers in Tech: Nikola Tesla’s vision for wireless communication

This edition of Pioneers in Tech looks at the legend of Nikola Tesla—not only do electric cars bear his name, but also his alternating-current (AC) electric system remains the basis of electricity today. Plus, the “Tesla coil” he invented is...

/ July 12, 2024
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Tech Time Warp: California adopts groundbreaking ergonomics standard

Tech Time Warp: California adopts groundbreaking ergonomics standard

Texting thumb. Mouse shoulder. Computer hunchback. In today’s always-on world, it’s far too easy to overdo your use of technology. You can effortlessly end up on the path toward a repetitive stress injury (RSI). In this edition of Tech Time...

/ July 5, 2024
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Tech Time Warp: The curious history of QWERTY

Tech Time Warp: The curious history of QWERTY

From time to time, your inner Mavis Beacon might wonder about the seemingly nonsensical arrangement of your keyboard. What’s the story behind QWERTY? You’ll find out in this edition of Tech Time Warp! On June 23, 1868, Christopher Latham Sholes,...

/ June 28, 2024
Tech Time Warp: Far past time to move to AES encryption

Tech Time Warp: Far past time to move to AES encryption

In May 2024, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications (FPIC) released a whitepaper warning government agencies about the dangers of relying on the Data Encryption Standard (DES)—a nearly 50-year-old technology—for cybersecurity. Let’s get...

/ June 21, 2024
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Pioneers in Tech: Nicholas Metropolis & and the MANIAC

Pioneers in Tech: Nicholas Metropolis & and the MANIAC

While not the namesake of an Academy Award-winning film, “Nicholas Metropolis” is a name you’re not likely to forget once you’ve read this edition of Pioneers in Tech. Born on June 11, 1915, in Chicago, Nicholas Constantine Metropolis was recruited...

/ June 14, 2024
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Tech Time Warp: ExploreZip offers yet another reminder to beware the unexpected attachment

Tech Time Warp: ExploreZip offers yet another reminder to beware the unexpected attachment

The timing of news that pirated versions of Microsoft Office software are spreading “malware cocktails” is interesting. After all, it was also in early June (back in 1999) that the ExploreZip virus destroyed Microsoft Office files the world over. Let’s...

/ June 7, 2024
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Tech Time Warp: The staying power of COBOL

Tech Time Warp: The staying power of COBOL

In this edition of Tech Time Warp, we see how technology moves quickly. Each new iPhone renders the previous generation obsolete, with the earliest models now firmly in the quaint antique category. That’s why it’s so remarkable that COBOL, a...

/ May 31, 2024 / 1 Comment
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Tech Time Warp: A look back at the “Woodstock of the Web”

Tech Time Warp: A look back at the “Woodstock of the Web”

“The feeling of delicious possibility was immense.” This evocative line comes from the founding curator of the Computer History Museum, Marc Weber. It sums up what it must have been like to attend the first web conference 30 years ago...

/ May 24, 2024
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Tech Time Warp: A nostalgic look at Mattel’s Computer Warriors

Tech Time Warp: A nostalgic look at Mattel’s Computer Warriors

Children of the 1980s are familiar with Transformers and can likely still sing “More than meets the eye…” but how many of us remember Mattel’s Computer Warriors? Produced only in 1989 and 1990, the Computer Warriors were in some ways...

/ May 17, 2024
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Pioneers in Tech: An Wang, a key player in technology’s core memories

Pioneers in Tech: An Wang, a key player in technology’s core memories

The layperson might not immediately name An Wang as a 20th-century technical giant, but we certainly should. The Chinese American computer engineer invented the magnetic pulse transfer controlling device, which, as you will learn in this edition of Pioneers in...

/ May 10, 2024