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.

Pioneers in Tech: Frances Allen, first female Turing Award winner

Pioneers in Tech: Frances Allen, first female Turing Award winner

Legendary IBM computer scientist Frances Allen, who passed away on her 88th birthday in August 2020, is an exemplary technology pioneer to recognize during Women’s History Month. Allen grew up on a dairy farm and attended a one-room school in...

/ March 12, 2021
Tech Time Warp: Torpig malware collects stolen financial data

Tech Time Warp: Torpig malware collects stolen financial data

Once upon a time, you could avoid malware by staying away from “seedy” websites. But the Torpig botnet—aka Sinowal, aka Mebroot—proved that even reputable business websites could be compromised and refer traffic to malicious download sites. First spotted in late...

/ March 5, 2021
Tech Time Warp: Harvest computer decodes secrets for the NSA

Tech Time Warp: Harvest computer decodes secrets for the NSA

On February 27, 1976, a ground-breaking supercomputer was quietly decommissioned at the National Security Agency, with its story only to be told years later, once declassified. The one-of-a-kind Harvest computer—a special model of the IBM 7030, or Stretch—was specifically built...

/ February 26, 2021
Tech Time Warp: Technology and the right to privacy

Tech Time Warp: Technology and the right to privacy

One of the great ironies of modern life: Technology has made life easier, but it’s also made life more complex. It’s great that location data has made the road atlas obsolete, but how much privacy can you reasonably expect when...

/ February 19, 2021
Pioneers in Tech: The first African American PhD in Computer Science

Pioneers in Tech: The first African American PhD in Computer Science

The contributions of the Black community to technology history are only just beginning to be recognized, with “hidden figures” such as NASA’s Katherine Johnson finally receiving the accolades they deserve. Another tech pioneer that should be a household name is...

/ February 12, 2021 / 2 Comments
Five Super Bowl commercials from tech companies we can’t forget

Five Super Bowl commercials from tech companies we can’t forget

When it comes to the Super Bowl, not everyone’s a football fan, but we can all agree the commercials are at least half the fun — and the tech industry has contributed some of the most memorable big game ads...

/ February 5, 2021
Tech Time Warp: Remembering the magic of GeoCities

Tech Time Warp: Remembering the magic of GeoCities

Like so many relics of the internet, GeoCities is now a common punch line, as the pre-MySpace home of sparkly GIFs and questionable web design. But if you can shuck your too-cool-for-school UX eye, it’s no stretch to appreciate GeoCities...

/ January 28, 2021
Tech Time Warp: SQL Slammer reveals a harsh truth

Tech Time Warp: SQL Slammer reveals a harsh truth

Network admins the world over had a bad weekend in late January 2003. That’s when the SQL Slammer took the world by storm and, in the process, reminded everyone of a harsh truth: A security patch does no good if...

/ January 22, 2021
Tech Time Warp: Wikipedia launches as a side project to Nupedia

Tech Time Warp: Wikipedia launches as a side project to Nupedia

Still not a solid entry in a bibliography, Wikipedia is a highly useful place to find answers to your pressing questions—and it’s definitely a mainstay of contemporary life. The website at the top of your search results was launched January...

/ January 15, 2021
Pioneers in Tech: The ENIAC Six

Pioneers in Tech: The ENIAC Six

On Feb. 14, 1946, John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert unveiled one of the U.S. Army’s best-kept secrets of World War II: the ENIAC. The Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer was built behind closed doors in a restricted area at...

/ January 8, 2021 / 1 Comment