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: Happy 50th Birthday, Intel!

Tech Time Warp: Happy 50th Birthday, Intel!

Your Intel insides are officially middle-aged. On July 18, 1968, Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore, formerly employees of Fairchild Semiconductor, officially founded microprocessor giant Intel in Santa Clara, California. Differing from other tech fairy tales, Intel didn’t get its start...

/ July 20, 2018
Tech Time Warp: Zeus, Ruler of Malware?

Tech Time Warp: Zeus, Ruler of Malware?

Like its Greek god namesake, the Trojan malware Zeus is powerful and virile. Since it first surfaced in July 2007 in an attack on the U.S. Department of Transportation, Zeus, aka Zbot, and its variants have wreaked havoc on the...

/ July 13, 2018
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Tech Time Warp: A Technological Whirlwind at MIT

Tech Time Warp: A Technological Whirlwind at MIT

July 4, 1956, doesn’t quite rank with July 4, 1776, in terms of independence, but it was a remarkable day in terms of freedom for computer users—freedom from punch cards, dials, and switches, that is. On July 4, 1956, researchers...

/ July 6, 2018
Tech Time Warp: A Look Back at Antennagate

Tech Time Warp: A Look Back at Antennagate

In general, Apple products work so well—and the company has such a devoted customer base—that it’s easy to forget that even Apple has had its missteps. It’s been eight years since Antennagate, when the launch of the revolutionary iPhone 4...

/ June 29, 2018
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Tech Time Warp: First UPC Scanned in Troy, Ohio

Tech Time Warp: First UPC Scanned in Troy, Ohio

The UPC is so ubiquitous for today’s shopper that it’s jarring to shop at one of the few retail establishments not using it (looking at you, Hobby Lobby). But it was just 44 years ago that the Uniform Product Code...

/ June 22, 2018
Tech Time Warp: DESCHALL Project Cracks 56-Bit Encryption

Tech Time Warp: DESCHALL Project Cracks 56-Bit Encryption

On June 17, 1997, a group of friends proved that it didn’t take too much effort—or computer power—to bring down 56-bit symmetric encryption, then the U.S. Department of Commerce’s standard for security. Since 1976, the government and financial institutions had...

/ June 15, 2018
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Tech Time Warp: Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center Connects to NSFNET

Tech Time Warp: Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center Connects to NSFNET

If you’re schooled in tech history, you’ve heard of ARPANET, the U.S. Department of Defense precursor to the Internet. But ARPANET wasn’t the only network to pave the way for the Information Superhighway. Also worthy of mention is NSFNET —a project...

/ June 8, 2018
SimCity
Tech Time Warp: Maxis, Creator of SimCity, Goes Public

Tech Time Warp: Maxis, Creator of SimCity, Goes Public

Once they’ve taken care of their basic needs, your Sims should get busy celebrating June 1. After all, on that date in 1995, software company Maxis—the gaming company founded by Will Wright and Jeff Braun—went public. Wright developed the idea...

/ June 1, 2018
Microsoft
Tech Time Warp: Highlights from Bill Gates’ 1995 Internet Memo

Tech Time Warp: Highlights from Bill Gates’ 1995 Internet Memo

For a guy quoted in 1993 as saying “The Internet? We’re not interested in it,” Bill Gates certainly had a major change of heart by May 26, 1995, when he sent a memo titled “The Internet Tidal Wave” to his...

/ May 25, 2018
Sniffer
Tech Time Warp: Network General — Maker of The Sniffer — Founded

Tech Time Warp: Network General — Maker of The Sniffer — Founded

Time for a pop quiz. Was “The Sniffer”: A.     The title of a 1959 B-movie B.     A piece of barware C.     A revolutionary diagnostic tool for Local Area Networks If you guessed C, then you are either a network administrator or...

/ May 18, 2018