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: District judge rules that computer code is protected by copyright

Tech Time Warp: District judge rules that computer code is protected by copyright

Sept. 22, 1986, marked a milestone in a protracted legal battle between Intel and NEC Corp. over copyright protection of computer code. As they fought for control of the microprocessor market, the two semiconductor companies—Intel American, and NEC Corp. Japanese—found...

/ September 23, 2022
Tech Time Warp: Fondness and appreciation for the floppy disk

Tech Time Warp: Fondness and appreciation for the floppy disk

The BBC recently reported Japanese digital minister Taro Kono had “declared war” on floppy disks. Approximately 1,900 Japanese government activities still require the use of floppy disks, along with CD-ROMs and other outdated technology. Kono vowed to seek regulatory updates...

/ September 16, 2022
Pioneers in Tech: Charles Simonyi, the brain behind Word and Excel

Pioneers in Tech: Charles Simonyi, the brain behind Word and Excel

It’s estimated at least 1.2 billion people worldwide use Microsoft Office products. The tech pioneer behind the flagship Office programs Word and Excel is the fascinating Charles Simonyi, whose Microsoft success has enabled him to become the first repeat space...

/ September 9, 2022
Tech Time Warp: News leaks about Library of Congress plan to go digital

Tech Time Warp: News leaks about Library of Congress plan to go digital

Nowadays, one expects major museums and institutions such as the Library of Congress (LOC) to have online catalogs and exhibitions. But it wasn’t that long ago that such an online presence was a groundbreaking proposition. This week’s Tech Time Warp...

/ September 2, 2022
Tech Time Warp: Linus Torvalds introduces Linux

Tech Time Warp: Linus Torvalds introduces Linux

They say hindsight is 20/20, which is why Linus Torvalds’ Aug. 25, 1991, message to a MINIX newsgroup is so humorous now: “I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu) … it...

/ August 26, 2022
Tech Time Warp: Shamoon virus makes its first appearance

Tech Time Warp: Shamoon virus makes its first appearance

On Aug. 15, 2012, someone with high levels of network access at Saudi Aramco, one of the world’s largest oil companies, unleashed a virus that wiped data from more than 30,000 computers. The release of Shamoon is considered one of...

/ August 19, 2022
Pioneers in Tech: Mina Rees, a mid-century technology trailblazer

Pioneers in Tech: Mina Rees, a mid-century technology trailblazer

Like so many “pioneers in tech,” Mina Rees did not let much dissuade her from her ultimate goals. Born Aug. 2, 1902, in Cleveland, Ohio, Rees grew up in New York City. After graduating summa cum laude from Hunter College...

/ August 12, 2022
Tech Time Warp: The truth about shatter attacks

Tech Time Warp: The truth about shatter attacks

In this week’s Tech Time Warp, we’re looking back at August 2002, when security researcher Kristin Paget published a whitepaper on the dangers of “shatter attacks,” and Microsoft had more than a few quibbles with it.

/ August 5, 2022
Tech Time Warp: Koobface Worms Its Way Through Facebook

Tech Time Warp: Koobface Worms Its Way Through Facebook

For this week’s Tech Time Warp, we’re going back to August 2008—when you were still juggling Facebook and MySpace profiles—unsuspecting social networkers found their machines infected by Koobface, a particularly nasty computer worm. Koobface (an anagram for Facebook) caught its victims...

/ July 29, 2022
Tech time warp: ode to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System

Tech time warp: ode to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System

News that a gamer has made freely and publicly available a comprehensive collection of Super Nintendo game manuals has opened the door to a wave of ’90s gamer nostalgia. The hundreds of manuals collected by Kerry Hays—known as “Peebs” on...

/ July 22, 2022