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.

Microsoft
Tech Time Warp: Highlights from Bill Gates’ 1995 Internet Memo

Tech Time Warp: Highlights from Bill Gates’ 1995 Internet Memo

For a guy quoted in 1993 as saying “The Internet? We’re not interested in it,” Bill Gates certainly had a major change of heart by May 26, 1995, when he sent a memo titled “The Internet Tidal Wave” to his...

/ May 25, 2018
Sniffer
Tech Time Warp: Network General — Maker of The Sniffer — Founded

Tech Time Warp: Network General — Maker of The Sniffer — Founded

Time for a pop quiz. Was “The Sniffer”: A.     The title of a 1959 B-movie B.     A piece of barware C.     A revolutionary diagnostic tool for Local Area Networks If you guessed C, then you are either a network administrator or...

/ May 18, 2018
Hollerith tabulator
Tech Time Warp: The First Ethical Hacker

Tech Time Warp: The First Ethical Hacker

These days, the concept of an ethical hacker is so commonplace the profession has its own Certified Ethical Hacker designation, bestowed and governed by the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants. The ethical hackers of the world put their genius to...

/ May 11, 2018
Spam email
Tech Time Warp: Spam email celebrates its 40th birthday

Tech Time Warp: Spam email celebrates its 40th birthday

As you work long hours to ensure your company complies with GDPR by May 25, it’s worth noting that proper use—or misuse—of data has been an issue for at least 40 years. Just ask Gary Thuerk, the self-described “father of...

/ May 4, 2018
Sasser worm
Tech Time Warp: The Sasser worm teaches a lesson

Tech Time Warp: The Sasser worm teaches a lesson

In early May 2004, computer users worldwide learned a hard lesson: Don’t procrastinate when it comes to installing a security patch. Users at the Taiwanese post office, the train station in Sydney, and some of Wall Street’s biggest banks found...

/ April 27, 2018
LISP programming language
Tech Time Warp: John McCarthy introduces LISP

Tech Time Warp: John McCarthy introduces LISP

Ask Alexa who coined the term “artificial intelligence,” and she’ll tell you John McCarthy. As a computer pioneer, John McCarthy provided the world with much more than a name for AI. He also developed the LISP programming language, one of...

/ April 20, 2018
Java
Tech Time Warp: Java gets its start

Tech Time Warp: Java gets its start

The software that runs millions of smartphones and made the Internet more functional celebrates an anniversary this week. On April 8, 1991, James Gosling and a Sun Microsystems development team—then known as the “Green” development team, working on a project...

/ April 13, 2018
Trojan horse
Tech Time Warp: Even UNIVAC was susceptible to viruses

Tech Time Warp: Even UNIVAC was susceptible to viruses

It’s easy to think about viruses as a product of the PC era. But, one of the first viruses ever created affected UNIVAC computers. Although ANIMAL was ultimately a benign creation—a game spread by a separate program called PERVADE—its creator...

/ April 6, 2018
UNIVAC
Tech Time Warp: U.S. Census Bureau signs UNIVAC contract

Tech Time Warp: U.S. Census Bureau signs UNIVAC contract

With the next census just two years away—it takes place April 1, 2020—it’s worth remembering the machine that computerized the U.S. Census Bureau’s operations. The bureau signed a contract on March 31, 1951, to use the UNIVAC, or the UNIVersal...

/ March 30, 2018
Giants Brains
Tech Time Warp: Edmund Berkeley, a giant brain of computing

Tech Time Warp: Edmund Berkeley, a giant brain of computing

Computer history is filled with quirky individuals—and Edmund Berkeley, born March 21, 1909, is among the most fascinating. It’s hard to pinpoint what Berkeley should be most known for: Founding the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)? (Relations with ACM later...

/ March 23, 2018