15 Years of Control Design: Flashback 1997-2012 - March

March 16, 2012
March Highlights Included Several Advances in Software, Security and Wireless Technology


 As Control Design celebrates its 15th anniversary, each month we bring you a look back at some of the events and developments that shaped technology during that time. In the month of March, highlights included several advances in software, security and wireless technology.



March 6, 1997: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II launched the first official royal website. 




March 4, 1998: Microsoft repaired software that apparently allowed hackers to shut down computers in government and university offices nationwide.



March 12, 1998: Astronomers cancelled a warning that a mile-wide asteroid might collide with Earth, saying that calculations had been off by 600,000 miles.




March 25, 1998: The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) netted almost $580 million at auction for licenses for new wireless technology.


March 8, 1999: The White House directed the firing of nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee from his job at the Los Alamos National Laboratory because of alleged security violations.




March 10, 2000: The dot-com bubble burst.


March 24, 2001: Apple Computer's operating system MAC OS X went on sale.





March 7, 2003: Scientists at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center announced that they had transferred 6.7 GB of uncompressed data in 58 seconds over 6,800 miles.



March 20, 2003: Cisco Systems announced it was buying The Linksys Group for $500 million in stock.