things have birthdays, too

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web…

(Okay, I do have to mention that it always strikes me as pretty amazing that all of this — all of the Web-based stuff that we take for granted now — is based on the work of one man. And — maybe even the most incredible thing — he didn’t use it to become a Bill Gates or a Steve Jobs.)

Anyway.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web, made some comments recently about the state of his invention, on the occasion of its 28th birthday.

He’s right about the centralized nature of a lot of things now, with so much concentrated in the hands of a few corporations, such as social media companies. This has been a big change since some years ago, when there were a lot more personal websites and blogs and so on.

 
In addition to the birthday of the Web, there’s been another birthday recently:

Ulysses turns 100 this month, and you should totally read it

And, yes, you totally should read it.

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2 Responses to things have birthdays, too

  1. Maggie says:

    It’s strange to think that the Web has been around less than 30 years and it’s influenced so much.

    • And it wasn’t even a steady progression over those 28 years either. It took a while for Apple and Microsoft to get interested, and at first there wasn’t much demand.

      In the early years of the Web it wasn’t that easy to even get online at all (unless you were connected with a university). And for home users it was access by dial-up.

      If people got online at all in those days, it was more likely to be AOL or CompuServe (which added Web access only very slowly and reluctantly).

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