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March 12, 1998: V-Chip Becomes Mandatory

1998 –  The FCC announced they have come to a finalization on the video programming rating system and have fulfilled all requirements for the proposed “V-Chip”. Along with NAB, NCTA and MPAA, the chip will follow the TV Parental Guidelines and each program will be rated as follows: TV-Y (All Children — This program is designed to be appropriate for all children.) Whether animated or live-action, the themes and elements in this program are specifically designed for a very young audience, including children from ages 2-6. This program is not expected to frighten younger children. TV-Y7 (Directed to Older Children — This program...

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March 11, 2007: The Move of Daylight Savings Time

2007 – The Energy Policy Act of 2005 ammended Daylight savings time 3 weeks . The theory was to move clocks forward 1 hour 3 weeks earlier than usual and Fall back in the first week of November (instead of last week in October). From a previous study, it was concluded this change would save households 1% of energy each day of DST. The history of Daylight Savings Time dates back to Benjamin Franklin. He noticed people had their shutters closed to keep out the morning sun, then burned more candles in the evening. Through time he convinced others to change the...

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March 10, 2002: Sony Clié Announced

2003 – The Sony Clié PEG-NR70 and PEG-NR70V handheld computers were released. These were 66 MHz PDA units running the Motorola Dragonball SuperVZ processor with a 16-bit color screen and running Palm OS 4.1. The devices would go on sale on April 13, 2002 for $600 Wikazine – Full show notes for March 10 Richard D Kenadek is sentenced in the Davy Jones Locker BBS case Gene Roddenberry’s ashes are launched into space Google releases Android 1.1 Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe! Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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March 9, 2008: The Zuckerberg, Lacy Incident

2008 – SXSW Interactive keynote, Mark Zuckerberg was being interviewed by journalist Sarah Lacy. There was a lot of anticipation for the event, but things went south quickly (no pun intended). During the interview, Lacy starts talking about these books Zuckerberg writes into but never formally asked him about it. She gets a little befuddled because Mark was not picking up the ball. She verbally notes the stall, which Zuckerberg replies “You have to ask a question.”  That brought the audience into the conversation with a standing ovation. Trying to continue, Lacy finally made a question out of this story with Mark...

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March 8, 2000: Apple Settles with Daewoo, eMachines over iMac Look

2000 – Apple concluded their iMac trade dress infringement against Daewoo and eMachines. The two companies made machines too similar to the iconic iMac look – the eMachines eOne computer and the Daewoo E-Power. Apple was granted an injunction for the two machines. Daewoo didn’t even get their unibody computer form out to the public. eMachines took out all color, making it a single grey computer, which allowed them to continue with sales. Apple changed the look of the iMac with the introduction of a flat panel in the iMac G4, ultimately discontinuing the G3 CRT computer in March of 2003. Wikazine...

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March 7, 1996: Pluto Photos Released

1996 – Even though Pluto was first seen in 1930, we didn’t have the ability to take a decent picture of the furthest planet… er… dwarf planet… er… (dang you Neil deGrasse Tyson!!!). The Hubble telescope finally was powerful enough to take photos of Pluto’s surface. They spent over 6 days taking snapshots and learning all about this distant neighbor. Astronomers found that Pluto had a complex surface, just like Earth. Many basins and craters were discovered during that six day photo session. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 7 Richard Wittman Jr. admits breaking into NASA Sony announces release of Linux...


March 6, 1986: First Computer Sting Operation

EDITOR NOTE: I received documentation that shows this event actually happened on March 5th. This will be corrected on and changed for next year. 1986 –  Fremont, California police set up a BBS called “Phoenix Fortress” in order to do one thing – catch cyber criminals. Sgt. Dan Pasquale was the online contact with the handle “Revenger”. He continued to stay in contact with hundreds of of hackers and pirates in seven states through the BBS until they collected enough information to make an arrest. Stolen credit card numbers, long distance codes, selling weapons, hacking information and more were...

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March 5, 1981: Timex Sinclair ZX81 launched

1981 – The successor to the Sinclair ZX80, Britain’s most popular home computer – the Sinclair ZX81 was launched by Sinclair Research – a Timex Corporation. It was a popular computer mostly because of the price – £69.95 ($99) or £49.95 in kit form. The cheap computer had only a fraction of components that an Apple II did. Yet the Apple II was around £699. The Sinclair ZX81 only had 1 kB RAM with option to upgrade to 16 kB. The graphics were only in monochrome and the Z80 CPU ran at 3.25 MHz – 8-bit. This was actually faster than the Apple II processor...