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: Chernobyl virus turns twenty

Tech Time Warp: Chernobyl virus turns twenty

Twenty years ago, after dealing with the aftermath of the Melissa virus — launched on March 26 — network administrators weren’t prepared for what happened next. A month later, on April 26, a particularly nasty version of the CIH virus known as...

/ April 26, 2019
Tech Time Warp: The hidden surprises of technology Easter eggs

Tech Time Warp: The hidden surprises of technology Easter eggs

Have you ever typed “answer to life, the universe, and everything” into Google? In a nod to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Google returns “42” as a calculator result. Or perhaps you’ve noticed a white X in front of...

/ April 19, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Apple co-founder Ronald Wayne says goodbye after only 12 days

Tech Time Warp: Apple co-founder Ronald Wayne says goodbye after only 12 days

They say hindsight is 20/20, or — in the case of Apple’s lesser-known third co-founder Ronald Wayne — billions of dollars. On April 1, 1976, Wayne drew up a contract with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to found Apple Computer...

/ April 12, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Appreciate Windows 3.1 for all of its 16-bit glory

Tech Time Warp: Appreciate Windows 3.1 for all of its 16-bit glory

If you’re in search of some nostalgia on April 6, head over to the Internet Archive to celebrate the 27th anniversary of Microsoft’s release of Windows 3.1. Thanks to the hard work of dedicated developers, you can once again play...

/ April 5, 2019
Tech Time Warp: A Cold War-era April Fools’ joke

Tech Time Warp: A Cold War-era April Fools’ joke

Google’s April Fools’ Day hoaxes have become an annual tradition, but long before Larry and Sergey met at Stanford, another Internet pioneer was having some fun online. On April 1, 1984, a message appeared on Usenet, an early online network...

/ March 29, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Pentium processor makes its debut

Tech Time Warp: Pentium processor makes its debut

Pentium. Even a quarter-century after the processor first made its debut, the brand name still carries connotations of speed and innovation. Intel’s famous product processor line was introduced March 22, 1993, and despite some notable issues, Pentium was above all...

/ March 22, 2019
Tech Time Warp: This worm might have been “Witty,” but it certainly wasn’t charming

Tech Time Warp: This worm might have been “Witty,” but it certainly wasn’t charming

Some viruses are merely pesky; others are downright nasty. The Witty Worm, which made its debut at approximately 8:45 p.m. PST March 19, 2004, falls into the latter category. Within a swift 45 minutes, the Witty Worm had corrupted the...

/ March 15, 2019
Tech Time Warp: AOHell was a long way from “You’ve got mail”

Tech Time Warp: AOHell was a long way from “You’ve got mail”

The speed of fiber Internet makes it easy to view the days of America Online with rose-colored glasses. Recalling the dulcet tones of the “You’ve got mail,” one tends to overlook the nefarious activities that occurred on AOL. It turns...

/ March 8, 2019
Tech Time Warp: The story of Herman Hollerith, inventor of the punch card

Tech Time Warp: The story of Herman Hollerith, inventor of the punch card

A 5-inch floppy is a quaint relic today, but even it had a predecessor: the punch card. Invented by Herman Hollerith in 1887 to solve the problem of tabulating census data, punch cards were the standard for business accounting well...

/ March 1, 2019
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 22, 2019