Category: Tech Insight

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
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
Tech Time Warp: You’ve seen the world’s most famous photograph

Tech Time Warp: You’ve seen the world’s most famous photograph

If you don’t know the story of this week’s Tech Time Warp, this will be one of the coolest bits of trivia you’ll learn all year. Remember the out-of-the-box Windows XP wallpaper? The grassy green hills and the brilliant blue...

/ January 6, 2023
Tech Time Warp: Ringing in the new year and waiting for Y2K chaos

Tech Time Warp: Ringing in the new year and waiting for Y2K chaos

Do you remember holding your breath on New Year’s Eve 1999, wondering if technological balls would start to drop after the ball dropped in Times Square? After governments and corporations spent an estimated $300 billion to $600 billion worldwide to...

/ December 30, 2022
Tech Time Warp: The first text message sent 30 years ago carried a timeless sentiment

Tech Time Warp: The first text message sent 30 years ago carried a timeless sentiment

Most of us send dozens of meaningless texts every day: ETAs, LOLs, emojis and snarky screenshots. With unlimited data plans, it’s easy to be fast and loose with SMS messaging. But the first text message—sent just over 30 years ago,...

/ December 23, 2022
Tech Time Warp: The Kriz virus was no Kris Kringle

Tech Time Warp: The Kriz virus was no Kris Kringle

Even cybercriminals get into the holiday spirit. Over the years, network administrators have dealt with the likes of the CHRISTMA EXEC, the Father Christmas worm, and the Santy worm when they would have rather been drinking eggnog. In December 2000,...

/ December 16, 2022
Pioneers in Tech: John Backus makes programming accessible with FORTRAN

Pioneers in Tech: John Backus makes programming accessible with FORTRAN

If you ever feel like the chips are down, consider the story of A.M. Turing Award recipient John Backus, who overcame academic difficulties, expulsion due to poor attendance, and a cranial bone tumor to develop the ground-breaking FORTRAN programming language....

/ December 9, 2022
Tech Time Warp: Apple, Quicktime, and the long-forgotten San Francisco Canyon Company

Tech Time Warp: Apple, Quicktime, and the long-forgotten San Francisco Canyon Company

Apple’s business strategy includes software and hardware innovations, intuitive user experiences, and attractive product design that is catnip to the creative set. But another arrow in Apple’s quiver is the hard-fought intellectual property lawsuit. Let’s get into this week’s Tech...

/ December 2, 2022
Tech Time Warp: The malware RAT known as Regin

Tech Time Warp: The malware RAT known as Regin

On Nov. 25, 2014, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) issued an alert about Regin, a “sophisticated backdoor Trojan used to conduct intelligence-gathering campaigns.” Journalists reported the entities affected by Regin included airlines, telecom companies, energy companies and private individuals....

/ November 25, 2022
Tech Time Warp: Long Before FTX, There Was DigiCash

Tech Time Warp: Long Before FTX, There Was DigiCash

The headlines about the FTX cryptocurrency scandal likely either having you scratching your head or ruing your investment decisions. But FTX is hardly the first such company to declare bankruptcy. One of the first electronic currency platforms, DigiCash, lasted for...

/ November 18, 2022