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: 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
Tech Time Warp: Bagle worm spreads through its simplicity

Tech Time Warp: Bagle worm spreads through its simplicity

On Jan. 18, 2004, computer users were served a “bagle” that would ruin anyone’s appetite. Also known as the “Beagle” worm, Bagle does not refer to the popular breakfast food that it shares a pronunciation with, despite their different spellings....

/ January 24, 2020
Tech Time Warp: Yahoo! domain name registered

Tech Time Warp: Yahoo! domain name registered

Like many tech companies that made it big, Yahoo! has a rather inauspicious origin story. Initially, Yahoo! was the pet project of Jerry Yang and David Filo, graduate students in electrical engineering at Stanford University. “Jerry’s Guide to the World...

/ January 17, 2020
Tech Time Warp: Party On, Windows 7

Tech Time Warp: Party On, Windows 7

Support for the beloved Windows 7 operating system ends Jan. 14, 2020. Microsoft is reminding users they will no longer receive security support and thus be more vulnerable to cyberattacks. The 10-year-old technology still has legions of devotees — Netmarketshare...

/ January 10, 2020
Tech Time Warp: The lesson to learn from Y2K, 20 years later

Tech Time Warp: The lesson to learn from Y2K, 20 years later

It’s cool 20 years later to snicker about the non-event Y2K turned out to be. However, the programmers who spent long hours ensuring it was a non-event get a bit defensive about that — and rightfully so. After all, their...

/ January 3, 2020
Tech Time Warp: Father Christmas worm visits NASA

Tech Time Warp: Father Christmas worm visits NASA

Even hackers get into the holiday spirit. The Santy worm brought unwelcome gifts in December 2004, and the CHRISTMA EXEC brought a charming ASCII tree to screens in 1987. On December 22, 1988, the Father Christmas worm traveled to NASA...

/ December 27, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Why Perl — the “duct tape of the internet” — was such a gem

Tech Time Warp: Why Perl — the “duct tape of the internet” — was such a gem

The programming language Perl ended up becoming the backbone of Yahoo and a million other websites, but when Larry Wall released Perl 1.0 for machines running the UNIX operating system December 18, 1987, he was simply sharing his personal code...

/ December 20, 2019
Tech Time Warp: The high and lows of the AltaVista search engine

Tech Time Warp: The high and lows of the AltaVista search engine

Since “google” is now legitimately considered a verb (per Merriam-Webster), it’s hard to remember a world in which another search engine was considered innovative. However, there was life before Google — and it was called AltaVista.

/ December 13, 2019