This weekend, before you pay bills online, order grocery delivery, and stream your latest binge-watch, raise a glass to Tim Berners-Lee and CERN, who made the World Wide Web software public domain on April 30, 1993.
Tech Time Warp
On July 15, 1928, the Enigma machine encoded its first message, setting the stage for encrypted German communications and secret heroism at Bletchley Park during World War II. The portable Enigma machine, which looked like a typewriter, offered an astounding 150,000,000,000,000,000,000 combinations thanks to an intricate system of rotor wheels and patch cables.
It sounds so innocent: An email appears in your inbox, subject line “Pikachu Pokemon.” The message speaks of friendship and invites you to visit Pikachu on his website. And the attachment (warning bells going off yet?) features an animation of a bouncing Pikachu. Yeah. As children discovered during summer 2000, Pikachu is not always your […]
The WannaCry ransomware attack once again brings the need for backup and security solutions into focus, but ransomware is nothing new. The first case of ransomware, chock-full of “truth is stranger than fiction” details, occurred in 1989. The PC Cyborg Trojan, aka the AIDS Trojan, was created by Dr. Joseph Popp. Whether his motive was […]
Next time you watch a meticulously planned product launch, remember one of the most infamous—the April 18, 1983, announcement of the successor to the Osborne 1, the first commercially successful portable computer.
Before the dawn of the new millennium, you never felt lonely when you opened a Word doc, thanks to a pesky little character named Clippy. Remember him? You couldn’t describe him any better than Microsoft: “the little paperclip with the soulful eyes and the Groucho eyebrows.” Love him or hate him, Clippy was always popping […]
You might think you’re in a recurring nightmare because this malware keeps coming back year after year — and continues to pop up in new and unexpected ways. On Monday, the Conficker virus turned eight. With its constant modifications and more than 190 million Microsoft Windows computers and 11 million IoT devices infected so far, […]