Tag: Tech Time Warp

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

Charles Babbage
Tech Time Warp: Happy Birthday to Charles Babbage, Father of Computing

Tech Time Warp: Happy Birthday to Charles Babbage, Father of Computing

Amid the time warp that is the week between Christmas and New Year’s, don’t forget to raise a glass of eggnog in honor of Charles Babbage, the “Father of Computing,” born on Dec. 26, 1791. The English mathematician’s prescient plans—some...

/ December 29, 2017
Christma Exec
Tech Time Warp: The Not-So-Merry Christmas Tree Exec

Tech Time Warp: The Not-So-Merry Christmas Tree Exec

As an MSP, you might want to remind clients not to let holiday cheer get in the way of smart Internet use and security best practices. Thirty years ago, users of the European Academic Research Network (EARN) and its U.S....

/ December 22, 2017 / 1 Comment
CAN-SPAM Act
Tech Time Warp: The CAN-SPAM Act Turns 14

Tech Time Warp: The CAN-SPAM Act Turns 14

The “Nigerian princes” of the world were dealt a semi-blow on Dec. 16, 2003, when Congress passed the awkwardly named “Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act,” or CAN-SPAM Act. Legitimate email marketers were required to include a...

/ December 15, 2017
Apple QuickTime
Tech Time Warp: A quick look back at QuickTime’s beginnings

Tech Time Warp: A quick look back at QuickTime’s beginnings

For today’s Mac user, QuickTime is nothing special—just part of the base package, lost among other bells and whistles. But travel back to this week in December 1991, when consumers got their first taste of QuickTime 1.0, and you’ll understand...

/ December 8, 2017
MP3 history
Tech Time Warp: The Surprisingly Long History of the MP3

Tech Time Warp: The Surprisingly Long History of the MP3

In May, the creators of the MP3 called time of death on their revolutionary file format. The Fraunhofer Institute in Germany announced that its licensing program for MP3-related patents—the first of which was issued in the United States on Nov....

/ December 1, 2017
tech turkeys
Tech Time Warp: A look back at some of the biggest tech turkeys

Tech Time Warp: A look back at some of the biggest tech turkeys

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then your Black Friday shopping list probably includes some of the year’s hottest technology. Maybe you’re eyeing a VR headset, wearables, or smart home devices. The trouble with being an early adopter,...

/ November 24, 2017
Conficker mystery
Tech Time Warp: The Confounding Case of Conficker

Tech Time Warp: The Confounding Case of Conficker

One of the most insidious worms of all time made its debut Nov. 21, 2008, and it’s still alive and kicking today. Conficker continues to spread, thanks to installations of the beloved but now out-of-support Windows XP. Eleven million devices...

/ November 17, 2017
Timesharing computing
Tech Time Warp: Happy birthday to a father of timesharing computing

Tech Time Warp: Happy birthday to a father of timesharing computing

Cloud computing might seem like a modern convenience, but its roots lie in the timesharing computers developed at MIT in the 1960s. Project MAC was directed by Italian-American computer pioneer Robert Fano, born on Nov. 11, 1917. Funded by the...

/ November 10, 2017
Morris worm
Tech Time Warp: Morris worm exposes Internet security issues

Tech Time Warp: Morris worm exposes Internet security issues

The morning of Nov. 3, 1988, the Internet discovered stranger danger thanks to a 24-year-old grad student whose intellectual curiosity got out of hand. The Morris worm was the creation of Cornell University student Robert Tappan Morris Jr. and provided...

/ November 3, 2017
ARPANET
Tech Time Warp: The ARPANET crash of 1980

Tech Time Warp: The ARPANET crash of 1980

A network-wide crash equals one of the worst work days ever, right? Hopefully you won’t be faced with one anytime soon, but if you are, take solace in the knowledge that they’ve always been a problem. On Oct. 27, 1980,...

/ October 27, 2017