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: 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
Tech Time Warp: Andy Warhol and the Amiga

Tech Time Warp: Andy Warhol and the Amiga

The format of the Apple product launch is legendary, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the July 23, 1985, launch of the Commodore Amiga 1000. Held at Lincoln Center, with Commodore employees sporting tuxes and the music of a...

/ July 27, 2018
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: Zeus, Ruler of Malware?

Tech Time Warp: Zeus, Ruler of Malware?

Like its Greek god namesake, the Trojan malware Zeus is powerful and virile. Since it first surfaced in July 2007 in an attack on the U.S. Department of Transportation, Zeus, aka Zbot, and its variants have wreaked havoc on the...

/ July 13, 2018
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Tech Time Warp: A Technological Whirlwind at MIT

Tech Time Warp: A Technological Whirlwind at MIT

July 4, 1956, doesn’t quite rank with July 4, 1776, in terms of independence, but it was a remarkable day in terms of freedom for computer users—freedom from punch cards, dials, and switches, that is. On July 4, 1956, researchers...

/ July 6, 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
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Tech Time Warp: Maxis, Creator of SimCity, Goes Public

Tech Time Warp: Maxis, Creator of SimCity, Goes Public

Once they’ve taken care of their basic needs, your Sims should get busy celebrating June 1. After all, on that date in 1995, software company Maxis—the gaming company founded by Will Wright and Jeff Braun—went public. Wright developed the idea...

/ June 1, 2018