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: Did you forget about the first iPhone?

Tech Time Warp: Did you forget about the first iPhone?

As ubiquitous as the iPhone is today (and as many competitors as it has inspired), it can be difficult to think back to June 2007, when the first iPhone went on sale. Disrupting the Blackberry world, the iPhone of 2007 was...

/ June 24, 2022
Tech Time Warp: The Early Days of IBM

Tech Time Warp: The Early Days of IBM

The monolith we know today as IBM got its start June 16, 1911, when the forward-thinking Charles R. Flint merged the International Time Recording Company, Computing Scale Company and the Tabulating Machine Company—all “computing and tabulating enterprises”—into the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company,...

/ June 17, 2022
Tech Time Warp: Computer users smell a RAT

Tech Time Warp: Computer users smell a RAT

The tech acronym “RAT” has two meanings: “remote administration tool,” or the software your friendly network administrator uses to install software or troubleshoot your computer issues, and “remote access trojan,” or the malware a nefarious individual uses to wreak havoc...

/ June 3, 2022
Tech Time Warp: The 411 on the 404 page

Tech Time Warp: The 411 on the 404 page

For this week’s Tech Time Warp, we’re talking about the origin story of the 404 Page Not Found error code. This error code is about as frustrating as actually reaching a 404 page. For years, a neat story has circulated...

/ May 20, 2022
Tech Time Warp: The Love Bug Bites

Tech Time Warp: The Love Bug Bites

One might say more than 3 million computer users had a bad date on May 4, 2000. In this week’s edition of Tech Time Warp, we’re going back to the day those users downloaded the ILOVEYOU virus, a Visual Basic...

/ May 6, 2022
Tech Time Warp: The Sasser worm teaches a lesson

Tech Time Warp: The Sasser worm teaches a lesson

In this week’s edition of Tech Time Warp, we’re traveling back to early May 2004, when computer users worldwide learned a hard lesson: Don’t procrastinate when it comes to installing a security patch. Users at the Taiwanese post office, the...

/ April 29, 2022
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
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