All posts by Kate Johanns

Kate Johanns is a communications professional and freelance writer with more than 13 years of experience in publishing and marketing.

Tech Time Warp: ‘Here You Have’ Virus Spams the World

Tech Time Warp: ‘Here You Have’ Virus Spams the World

The ‘Here You Have’ virus—which kept IT departments busy in early September 2010—has all the makings of a good Jack Ryan outing. Major corporate and government disruption? Check. (Entities from Disney to NASA were affected.) A hacker claiming credit on...

/ September 7, 2018
Tech Time Warp: Miss Manners Tackles Computer Etiquette

Tech Time Warp: Miss Manners Tackles Computer Etiquette

You know that writing in all caps equates to shouting online, and that emoticons in professional emails are a no-no, but did you know that Miss Manners has been doling out computer etiquette for almost 40 years? On Aug. 26,...

/ August 31, 2018
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Tech Time Warp: Meet AROK the Robot

Tech Time Warp: Meet AROK the Robot

Remember Rosie the Robot, George Jetson’s trusty maid? Well, Rosie had nothing on AROK, the robotic assistant created by Chicagoan Ben Skora in the late 1970s. Weighing in at 275 pounds and standing 6 feet, 8 inches, tall, AROK (that’s...

/ August 24, 2018
Tech Time Warp: The backstory behind your HP printer

Tech Time Warp: The backstory behind your HP printer

For the modern user, HP is just another big-name brand in the world of PCs and printers. But the history of Hewlett Packard (which incorporated on Aug. 18, 1947) is downright charming — and predates the start of Apple, Microsoft,...

/ August 17, 2018 / 1 Comment
Tech Time Warp: Microsoft Issues Alert on Blaster Worm

Tech Time Warp: Microsoft Issues Alert on Blaster Worm

Fifteen years ago, Microsoft had a big problem on its hands. Machines running Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT were being infected by a nasty worm known as Blaster. On Aug. 11, 2003, Microsoft issued an alert warning of Blaster, which exploited a vulnerability...

/ August 10, 2018
Tech Time Warp: Code Red worm puts users on high alert

Tech Time Warp: Code Red worm puts users on high alert

Following a month of DDoS attacks and security bulletins, computer users were on high alert Aug. 1, 2001, as they waited to see whether the Code Red Worm would reappear to wreak more havoc.

/ August 3, 2018 / 2 Comments
Tech Time Warp: Happy 50th Birthday, Intel!

Tech Time Warp: Happy 50th Birthday, Intel!

Your Intel insides are officially middle-aged. On July 18, 1968, Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore, formerly employees of Fairchild Semiconductor, officially founded microprocessor giant Intel in Santa Clara, California. Differing from other tech fairy tales, Intel didn’t get its start...

/ July 20, 2018
Tech Time Warp: A Look Back at Antennagate

Tech Time Warp: A Look Back at Antennagate

In general, Apple products work so well—and the company has such a devoted customer base—that it’s easy to forget that even Apple has had its missteps. It’s been eight years since Antennagate, when the launch of the revolutionary iPhone 4...

/ June 29, 2018
Tech Time Warp: DESCHALL Project Cracks 56-Bit Encryption

Tech Time Warp: DESCHALL Project Cracks 56-Bit Encryption

On June 17, 1997, a group of friends proved that it didn’t take too much effort—or computer power—to bring down 56-bit symmetric encryption, then the U.S. Department of Commerce’s standard for security. Since 1976, the government and financial institutions had...

/ June 15, 2018
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Tech Time Warp: Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center Connects to NSFNET

Tech Time Warp: Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center Connects to NSFNET

If you’re schooled in tech history, you’ve heard of ARPANET, the U.S. Department of Defense precursor to the Internet. But ARPANET wasn’t the only network to pave the way for the Information Superhighway. Also worthy of mention is NSFNET —a project...

/ June 8, 2018