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: LA Times story raises awareness of assistive technology

Tech Time Warp: LA Times story raises awareness of assistive technology

Efforts to make technology accessible to all through assistive devices and international standards for HTML and CSS are still relatively new. The Computer History Museum cites a March 5, 1993, Los Angeles Times story as an early example of the...

/ March 3, 2023
Tech Time Warp: First computer storage warrant issued

Tech Time Warp: First computer storage warrant issued

Nowadays, everyone knows the first things sought with a search warrant will be laptops and smartphones. The digital trails we all leave are revealing whether one is involved in something illegal or simply has a potentially embarrassing health condition. But...

/ February 24, 2023
Tech Time Warp: Mocmex sneaks in via digital photo frame

Tech Time Warp: Mocmex sneaks in via digital photo frame

“Beware of Greeks bearing gifts” is the old saying associated with the story of the Trojan horse—the same story that gives Trojan viruses their name. In 2008, however, a more appropriate saying would have been “Beware of relatives bearing digital...

/ February 17, 2023
Tech Time Warp: The first published reference to “vaporware”

Tech Time Warp: The first published reference to “vaporware”

We all know people who are long on ideas and short on execution. In the software world, one might say these people create “vaporware.” Let’s get into this week’s Tech Time Warp. This term was first used in a Feb....

/ February 3, 2023
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Tech Time Warp: Blackworm Offers Rare Chance to Analyze Spread of a Virus

Tech Time Warp: Blackworm Offers Rare Chance to Analyze Spread of a Virus

In late January 2006, stopping the worm known as Blackworm (aka Nyxem, MyWife, Blackmal and, interestingly, Kama Sutra) was at the top of most network administrators’ to-do lists.

/ January 27, 2023
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 / 6 Comments
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