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: Tandy heats up PC clone wars

Tech Time Warp: Tandy heats up PC clone wars

In this week’s Tech Time Warp, we’re going back to the early days of the Tandy Corporation. Tandy became a player in personal computers with the 1977 introduction of its TRS-80 at RadioShack stores—but that was far from Tandy’s only...

/ April 22, 2022
Tech Time Warp: On the hunt for technology easter eggs

Tech Time Warp: On the hunt for 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 explored the police call box on the...

/ April 14, 2022 / 1 Comment
Pioneers in Tech: John Roach and the story of the TRS-80

Pioneers in Tech: John Roach and the story of the TRS-80

In this week’s edition of Pioneers in Tech, we’re highlighting legendary business executive John Roach. On March 20, 83-year-old John Roach died in his beloved Fort Worth, Texas, where he was a titan of the community. His legacy goes far...

/ April 8, 2022
Tech Time Warp: The End of Google Pranks on April Fools’ Day?

Tech Time Warp: The End of Google Pranks on April Fools’ Day?

Out of respect for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Google abstained from its traditional April Fools’ Day tomfoolery during 2020 and 2021. Now in 2022, it appears the pandemic has ended a 20-year streak of online pranks. For this...

/ April 1, 2022
Tech Time Warp: Jean Sammet changes her opinion of computers

Tech Time Warp: Jean Sammet changes her opinion of computers

In this week’s Tech Time Warp, we’re going back to programming in the 50’s. Introduced in 1959, the programming language COBOL—common, business-oriented language—is still heavily in use today, with an estimated 200 billion lines of code relied upon by government...

/ March 28, 2022
Tech Time Warp: First domain name registered in 1985

Tech Time Warp: First domain name registered in 1985

File this away for your next pub quiz: The first domain name ever registered was Symbolics.com, registered on March 15, 1985, by Symbolics Computer Corporation, a company that specialized in single-user machines running the LISP programming language. For this week’s...

/ March 17, 2022
Pioneers in Tech: Annie Easley, “human computer” to diversity champion

Pioneers in Tech: Annie Easley, “human computer” to diversity champion

As we transition from Black History Month to Women’s History Month, it’s hard to think of a more inspiring group of technology pioneers than the Black women who worked as “human computers” at NASA. Only a few of their stories...

/ March 11, 2022
Tech Time Warp: The great Michelangelo scare

Tech Time Warp: The great Michelangelo scare

Thirty years ago, PC users around the world were left saying “Huh?” after the much-hyped Michelangelo virus turned out to be, well, not much. The virus’ enduring legacy might say more about the media than about a security risk, as...

/ March 4, 2022
Tech Time Warp: The origins of the Cult of the Dead Cow

Tech Time Warp: The origins of the Cult of the Dead Cow

The high plains of Lubbock, Texas—a conservative, church-going area of the country to be sure—are not where you would expect a group of “hacktivists” to have gotten its start, let alone the group that coined the term “hacktivism.” But the...

/ March 1, 2022
Tech Time Warp: The history of the indestructible QR code

Tech Time Warp: The history of the indestructible QR code

In the hazy “before times” of late 2019 and early 2020, the QR Code was the butt of many jokes. A QR Code seemed passé—almost like putting “e” or “I” at the beginning of a new device’s name and considering...

/ February 18, 2022 / 1 Comment