On this episode of Dave's Garage, Dave looks at the development and history of the PKZip computer file compression program and the sad life and tragic ending of its creator, Phil Katz.
Like many of us, I assumed online dating was a fairly recent invention — certainly something that came about post-2000, right? But apparently that's not the case (or at least, not entirely). In a great new article, The Cut explores the history and experience of Operation Match, a computer-facilitated dating service that launched in the… READ THE REST
In 1947 computer scientist Grace Hopper found a moth that had been electrocuted inside the Harvard Mark II computer. She wrote in her notebook that it was the "first actual case of a bug being found." This story, according to Bryan Lunduke, is false. He says the notebook was not Hopper's because the handwriting doesn't… READ THE REST
USB has been with us for 26 years. At the time, the technology's co-developer Ajay Bhatt thought it would just be a "[one-off] $40 million opportunity" for Intel. And without his persistence, it wouldn't have happened at all. From IEEE Spectrum: In the early 1990s, Bhatt told his boss about his idea of developing a… READ THE REST
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We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. The holidays are around the corner, and the holidays are a time to show gratitude to others. We're thankful for you this time of year, so we're showing our appreciation by… READ THE REST