First Version of Perl Programming Language Released (1987)

Perl is a high-level computer programming language written by Larry Wall that combines syntax from several Unix utilities and languages. Introduced in 1987, Perl is designed to handle a variety of system administrator functions and provides comprehensive string handling functions. Its use has grown significantly since its adoption as the language of choice of many Web developers, and Perl is now one of the most popular languages for writing CGI scripts. How did the language get its name?

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Computer Worms

The Internet is a gamer's haven, a business's lifeline, and a hacker's playground. Over the past 20 years, hundreds of worms have devastated the infrastructure of millions of computers around the world, causing billions of dollars of damage—and the life of the worm is far from over. Jerusalem, Michelangelo, and Melissa may all sound innocuous, but these worms have left a trail of devastation in their wake. What are some examples of worms that were launched with non-malicious intent?

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Storm Botnet Sends Record 57 Million Emails (2007)

A botnet is a collection of software robots, or bots, that run automatically on groups of "zombie" computers controlled remotely by hackers. One of the most notorious botnets in hacking history, the so-called "Storm" botnet was named for the storm-related subject lines initially employed by its infectious emails. Of the billions of virus messages sent out by this botnet, 57 million were sent in one day alone. By September 2007, the botnet is believed to have been running on how many computers?

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Nikola Tesla Designs Smart Phones 1926

"When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole. We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance. Not only this, but through television and telephony we shall see and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face, despite intervening distances of thousands of miles; and the instruments through which we shall be able to do his will be amazingly simple compared with our present telephone. A man will be able to carry one in his vest pocket." -Nikola Tesla, 1926