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March 3, 1972: Pioneer 10 Launched

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Jeffrey Powers

Madison, WI

Description: For the Tech History Geek in all of us

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March 3, 1972: Pioneer 10 Launched

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1972 - NASA launched the Pioneer 10 (a.k.a. Pioneer F) from Cape Canaveral, FL. This was the first spacecraft to traverse an astroid belt. The craft collected the environmental information around Jupiter. This included solar wind, cosmic rays and other events. Pioneer 10 successfully reached Jupiter in November 1973. It took 60 days to collect multiple pieces of information as the craft was in range of the planet. It continued on an unknown journey - passing Saturn in 1976, Uranus in 1979 and Neptune in 1983. The craft continued to send data even after the mission had officially ended in 1997. In 2003, Pioneer 10's signal was too weak to retrieve data - 12 billion KM away. No response has been received, so we don't know if the spacecraft continues on its course or was destroyed. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 3 Unix Timestamp hits 9 decimal places Rodney King beating caught on tape Gibson vs. Guitar Hero case thrown out

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March 2, 1995: Delphi is Released

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1995 - Programming language Delphi was released by Borland. Delphi is an object oriented derivative of the Pascal programming language meant for Windos and Mac OS in 32-bit and 64-bit. It was the successor to Borland Pascal...

March 1, 1990: The Raid of Steve Jackson Games

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1990 - The secret service and Austin TX police raided Steve Jackson Games, along with the home of Loyd Blankenship, writer of GURPS Cyberpunk. Four computers, two laser printers and all of the companies' hardware was seized. This was a part of a nationwide data piracy investigation...

February 28, 1983: Goodbye MASH (and Feb 29th)

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1983 - The last episode of M*A*S*H - Goodbye, Farewell and Amen aired to a record 125 million viewers (estimate). It became the most watched television episode in the US - where it stays today. Some even speculate this will never get bumped off due to Over the Top Television options like Hulu Plus...

February 27, 1998: Apple Newton Discontinued

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1998 - After Steve Jobs takes the role of Acting CEO (After the firing of Gil Amelio) he decides to trim some of the product fat. In result, the Apple Newton - it's attempt at a PDA - was officially discontinued after 5 years.  But not all was lost off this, for the mobile applications got shifted...

February 26, 1999: Intel Pentium III

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1999 - Intel introduces the Pentium III processor. This is based on the sixth generation P6 microarchetecture. The 32-bit x86 "Katmai" (code-name) had a 250 nanometer core, added 2 million more transistors (9.5 million total), improved the L1 cache and followed the cartridge architecture of the Pen...

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