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: This worm might have been “Witty,” but it certainly wasn’t charming

Tech Time Warp: This worm might have been “Witty,” but it certainly wasn’t charming

Some viruses are merely pesky; others are downright nasty. The Witty Worm, which made its debut at approximately 8:45 p.m. PST March 19, 2004, falls into the latter category. Within a swift 45 minutes, the Witty Worm had corrupted the...

/ March 15, 2019
Tech Time Warp: AOHell was a long way from “You’ve got mail”

Tech Time Warp: AOHell was a long way from “You’ve got mail”

The speed of fiber Internet makes it easy to view the days of America Online with rose-colored glasses. Recalling the dulcet tones of the “You’ve got mail,” one tends to overlook the nefarious activities that occurred on AOL. It turns...

/ March 8, 2019
Tech Time Warp: The story of Herman Hollerith, inventor of the punch card

Tech Time Warp: The story of Herman Hollerith, inventor of the punch card

A 5-inch floppy is a quaint relic today, but even it had a predecessor: the punch card. Invented by Herman Hollerith in 1887 to solve the problem of tabulating census data, punch cards were the standard for business accounting well...

/ March 1, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Technology and the right to privacy

Tech Time Warp: Technology and the right to privacy

One of the great ironies of modern life: Technology has made life easier, but it’s also made life more complex. It’s great that location data has made the road atlas obsolete, but how much privacy can you reasonably expect when...

/ February 22, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Windows Refund Day, 20 years later

Tech Time Warp: Windows Refund Day, 20 years later

It is a universally acknowledged truth that Linux users are not Microsoft fans. At no time was this more apparent than on Feb. 15, 1999, when approximately 100 Linux users stormed Microsoft’s Silicon Valley offices in Foster City, California to...

/ February 15, 2019
Tech Time Warp: The one with Anna Kournikova

Tech Time Warp: The one with Anna Kournikova

Think before you click. It’s a mantra that could have stopped so many email viruses in their tracks. After all, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is — and that was the case with the Anna...

/ February 8, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Augmented Reality’s journey to the Super Bowl

Tech Time Warp: Augmented Reality’s journey to the Super Bowl

CBS has announced that Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams will feature unprecedented use of augmented reality. Four cameras — including the popular Skycam — offer live augmented reality graphics will be used...

/ February 1, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Microsoft takes down the Waladec botnet

Tech Time Warp: Microsoft takes down the Waladec botnet

Waladec would be just another botnet that churned out spam if it weren’t for Microsoft’s groundbreaking approach to stop it. The botnet — which first began noticeably proliferating in January 2009 — was sending 1.5 billion spam messages daily. Microsoft’s...

/ January 25, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Happy birthday, Blackberry!

Tech Time Warp: Happy birthday, Blackberry!

On Jan. 19, the Blackberry turns 20. Not quite old enough to drink, but still relegated to the history books. (Although a spot at the Smithsonian isn’t too shabby.)

/ January 18, 2019
Tech Time Warp: The brothers behind the “Brain” PC virus

Tech Time Warp: The brothers behind the “Brain” PC virus

Over the years, the motives for malware creation have ranged from simple curiosity to monetary gain. In the case of the Alvi brothers from Pakistan, it was revenge, dished up on a floppy disk.

/ January 11, 2019