By: Sue Marquette Poremba, MSNBC
Computers come equipped with many pieces of software and programming platforms that most of us don't know we have and don't know what they're for.
One of those programming platforms, Java, has been in the news lately because of its security problems involving the Apple Macintosh operating system, Mac OS X. It's caused many headaches for Windows users as well.
Java was first introduced by Sun Microsystems in 1995 as a self-contained platform to create and run thousands of computer applications.