Tag: Tech Time Warp

Tech Time Warp is a weekly feature that looks back at interesting moments and milestones in tech history.

Tech Time Warp: Patent issued for Williams Tube, an early form of RAM

Tech Time Warp: Patent issued for Williams Tube, an early form of RAM

After World War II, British electrical engineer Frederic Williams found himself on the hunt for his next project. During the war, he had developed radar technology that could identify friendly aircraft, using “Friend or Foe,” or IFF, radar. So, what...

/ December 14, 2018
Tech Time Warp: The modern-day Robin Hoods of the Chaos Computer Club

Tech Time Warp: The modern-day Robin Hoods of the Chaos Computer Club

The Chaos Computer Club, Europe’s self-described “largest association of hackers,” has always taken an unorthodox approach to saving the world. Founded in 1981 by activist Wau Holland, the club — also known as the CCC — boasts 5,500 members and works to...

/ December 7, 2018
Tech Time Warp: The Birth of Pong and the Video Game Industry

Tech Time Warp: The Birth of Pong and the Video Game Industry

The patrons of Andy Capp’s Tavern in Sunnyvale, California, didn’t know they were witnessing history during the night of Nov. 29, 1972. On that evening Al Alcorn installed the game Pong at the bar, jumpstarting the video game industry.

/ November 30, 2018
Tech Time Warp: Bill Gates and the Lakeside Programmers Group

Tech Time Warp: Bill Gates and the Lakeside Programmers Group

Never underestimate the PTA’s power to change the world. If you need proof, look no further than Bill Gates. The Microsoft co-founder, billionaire philanthropist, and 1973 Lakeside Prep School alum got his start in technology when the Lakeside Mothers Club...

/ November 23, 2018
Tech Time Warp: Fred Cohen’s work leads to the term “virus”

Tech Time Warp: Fred Cohen’s work leads to the term “virus”

It’s usually difficult to pinpoint the origins of a physical virus, but when it comes to the term “computer virus,” we can trace that back to the graduate school work of computer scientist, Fred Cohen. On Nov. 10, 1983, he...

/ November 9, 2018
Tech Time Warp: The first electronic message between two computers

Tech Time Warp: The first electronic message between two computers

An estimated 281 billion emails are sent each day worldwide — and lo and behold, they all got their start with the letters “LO.” On Oct. 29, 1969 — just three months after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon —...

/ November 2, 2018
Tech Time Warp: The curious cases of early hackers

Tech Time Warp: The curious cases of early hackers

These days, cybersecurity is such a pervasive concern that it’s easy to forget law enforcement and the courts once had no idea what to do with hackers. Some of the earliest cases of hacking and computer fraud predate the federal...

/ October 19, 2018
Tech Time Warp: Spotlight on the FBI Cyber Division

Tech Time Warp: Spotlight on the FBI Cyber Division

These days, a sexy, offbeat hacker is a movie trope — a recent example Rihanna’s portrayal of “Nine Ball” in the glamorous Ocean’s Eight. Armed with laptops in chunky cases, these hackers use a few keystrokes to hack into government...

/ October 5, 2018
Tech Time Warp: Happy fake birthday, Google

Tech Time Warp: Happy fake birthday, Google

Sept. 27, 2018, marked Google’s 20th birthday — or did it? Since 2006, the omnipresent search giant has celebrated its founding on Sept. 27, but the occasion was celebrated as early as Sept. 7 in years prior. Google acknowledges the...

/ September 28, 2018
Tech Time Warp: RSA doesn’t stand for really secure authentication (but it should)

Tech Time Warp: RSA doesn’t stand for really secure authentication (but it should)

The encryption algorithm frequently used to make online shopping sprees secure celebrates two anniversaries this week — the issuing of its patent (Sept. 20, 1983) and the expiration of said patent 17 years later.

/ September 21, 2018