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.

A crucial chapter in gaming history is receiving a fresh look
Tech Time Warp: How Street Fighter II revolutionized gaming

Tech Time Warp: How Street Fighter II revolutionized gaming

A crucial chapter in gaming history is receiving a fresh look in the new book Like a Hurricane: An Unofficial Oral History of Street Fighter II by Matt Leone.

/ March 17, 2023
Pioneers in Tech: Adele Goldberg, graphical user interface guru

Pioneers in Tech: Adele Goldberg, graphical user interface guru

“Behind every great man is a great woman.” No conversation about the success of Apple would be complete without a nod to the work of Adele Goldberg, a computer scientist and early pioneer in the world of graphical user interfaces...

/ March 10, 2023
Tech Time Warp: LA Times story raises awareness of assistive technology

Tech Time Warp: LA Times story raises awareness of assistive technology

Efforts to make technology accessible to all through assistive devices and international standards for HTML and CSS are still relatively new. The Computer History Museum cites a March 5, 1993, Los Angeles Times story as an early example of the...

/ March 3, 2023
Tech Time Warp: First computer storage warrant issued

Tech Time Warp: First computer storage warrant issued

Nowadays, everyone knows the first things sought with a search warrant will be laptops and smartphones. The digital trails we all leave are revealing whether one is involved in something illegal or simply has a potentially embarrassing health condition. But...

/ February 24, 2023
Tech Time Warp: Mocmex sneaks in via digital photo frame

Tech Time Warp: Mocmex sneaks in via digital photo frame

“Beware of Greeks bearing gifts” is the old saying associated with the story of the Trojan horse—the same story that gives Trojan viruses their name. In 2008, however, a more appropriate saying would have been “Beware of relatives bearing digital...

/ February 17, 2023
Pioneers in Tech: Roy L. Clay, the black godfather of Silicon Valley

Pioneers in Tech: Roy L. Clay, the black godfather of Silicon Valley

The technology chapter of any Black history textbook would have to start with the life story of this week’s “Pioneers in Tech”, Roy L. Clay. After, he has more than earned the moniker the “Black Godfather of Silicon Valley.”

/ February 10, 2023
Tech Time Warp: The first published reference to “vaporware”

Tech Time Warp: The first published reference to “vaporware”

We all know people who are long on ideas and short on execution. In the software world, one might say these people create “vaporware.” Let’s get into this week’s Tech Time Warp. This term was first used in a Feb....

/ February 3, 2023
Computer Virus
Tech Time Warp: Blackworm Offers Rare Chance to Analyze Spread of a Virus

Tech Time Warp: Blackworm Offers Rare Chance to Analyze Spread of a Virus

In late January 2006, stopping the worm known as Blackworm (aka Nyxem, MyWife, Blackmal and, interestingly, Kama Sutra) was at the top of most network administrators’ to-do lists.

/ January 27, 2023
Tech Time Warp: Apple introduces the Lisa, its first personal computer

Tech Time Warp: Apple introduces the Lisa, its first personal computer

“Do you know, I put together that entire project—including the presentation slides—just this morning?” One might think the man at the start of this 1984 Apple demo video is starting to “mansplain” something to his female colleague. But then he...

/ January 20, 2023 / 6 Comments
Pioneers in Tech: Guido van Rossum, creator of the Python Programming Language

Pioneers in Tech: Guido van Rossum, creator of the Python Programming Language

Happy early birthday to this month’s ‘Pioneers in Tech’ spotlight, Guido van Rossum, born Jan. 31, 1956, in the Netherlands, and creator of the Python programming language. Until 2018, he was known as Python’s “Benevolent Dictator for Life (BDFL),” a...

/ January 13, 2023