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: Dan Farmer and Wietse Venema unleash SATAN on the world

Tech Time Warp: Dan Farmer and Wietse Venema unleash SATAN on the world

Amid the health, economic, and technology concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s nice to take a break and look back at a simpler time. This week, we take a look back to when a Purdue University student named Dan...

/ April 3, 2020
Tech Time Warp: A look back at the first VPN

Tech Time Warp: A look back at the first VPN

As more white collar employees are instructed to work from home to contain the spread of COVID-19, there has been an abrupt uptick in VPN usage. It’s estimated VPN use has increased almost 66 percent since March 11, 2020, in...

/ March 27, 2020
Tech Time Warp: The evolution of videoconferencing

Tech Time Warp: The evolution of videoconferencing

Remember a couple of weeks ago, before you knew the term “social distancing,” when you dreaded your next conference call? Fast forward a few days, and your next Zoom/GoToMeeting/WebEx is your lifeline to the outside world during the COVID-19 pandemic.

/ March 20, 2020
Tech Time Warp: Twitter takes flight at SXSW 2007

Tech Time Warp: Twitter takes flight at SXSW 2007

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey made headlines this year as one of the first big names to pull out of the now-canceled SXSW 2020 — due to the spread of Coronavirus. With the hallways of the Austin Convention Center empty this...

/ March 13, 2020
Tech Time Warp: MyLife virus tempts users with screensavers

Tech Time Warp: MyLife virus tempts users with screensavers

Sometimes a computer user gets tired of flying toasters. That was the gamble taken by the creators of MyLife, a worm with multiple variants infecting PCs in March and April 2002.

/ March 6, 2020
Tech Time Warp: The Leap Year Bug, Y2K’s lesser known counterpart

Tech Time Warp: The Leap Year Bug, Y2K’s lesser known counterpart

As we like to chuckle about now, Y2K ended up being a bit of a yawn. But do you recall the year 2000’s other calendar-based tech issue, the Leap Year Bug? Ultimately, it didn’t result in any major catastrophes either,...

/ February 28, 2020
Tech Time Warp: Mocmex sneaks in via digital photo frame

Tech Time Warp: Mocmex sneaks in via digital photo frame

“Beware of Greeks bearing gifts” is the old saying associated with the story of the Trojan horse — the same story that gives Trojan viruses their name. In 2008, a more appropriate saying would have been “beware of relatives bearing...

/ February 21, 2020
Tech Time Warp: The arrest of hacker Kevin Mitnick

Tech Time Warp: The arrest of hacker Kevin Mitnick

The story of the man who calls himself the “world’s most famous hacker” contains a moral: It’s often the human element, not the high-tech, that allows intrusion into the most secure of systems — and allows hackers to exist in...

/ February 14, 2020
Tech Time Warp: The 2005 Academy Awards phone hack

Tech Time Warp: The 2005 Academy Awards phone hack

When Hollywood’s elite stroll the red carpet at the 92nd Academy Awards on February 9, they’ll need to watch out for flashing cameras, Ryan Seacrest, and… hackers? It’s happened before.

/ February 7, 2020
Tech Time Warp: Remembering the commercials of the “Dot-Com” Bowl

Tech Time Warp: Remembering the commercials of the “Dot-Com” Bowl

As we await the premiere of Facebook’s first Super Bowl commercial — a 60-second feel-good spot featuring Chris Rock and promoting the benefits of Groups — it’s easy to get nostalgic about a time 20 years ago when the internet...

/ January 31, 2020