WHY? Because he invented the internet without which we wouldn’t be connected in our world. So to Facebook, yesterday I decided to give Facebook a rest I’m always on it so today I did other stuff, but turning on the TV and there he is being questioned by the EU in Brussels.
Zuckerberg started Facebook when he was in college and was a way he thought would be cool to connect everyone there. Well it has certainly achieved that, he’s made billions just like Bill Gates reputedly the richest many in the world (actually on checking he’s the 2nd richest).
Tim Berners-Lee I’m sure has a modest bank account and I’m sure is quite happy with his lot. So tonight enough from me at least this kept me off Facebook.
Years ago I tried starting to write blogs like anything else its a learning curve and I’m learning new stuff everyday. Someone mentioned something that reminded me of the old post so I wanted to share and update:
Now I accept that Bill Gates already gives away a lot to Charity, and he’s said that when he pops his clogs everything will go to charity, but that kind of wealth is not only obscene, but compared to the man who gave him his opportunity, it’s more than ironic. (By the way Malta’s GDP was $9.64 billion at the last count). But I’ll bet you one thing I’m probably the wealthiest of them both, not in money but other STUFF.
Someone once said to me that www was another way of saying 666 (the sign of the devil) I laughed at the time, let’s face it without the web we couldn’t survive, we the human race are dependent on it. I got this from Wikipedia which ironically is only available on the web
Sir Timothy John “Tim” Berners-Lee, OM, KBE, FRS, FREng, FRSA, DFBCS (born 8 June 1955), also known as “TimBL”, is a British computer scientist, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. He made a proposal for an information management system in March 1989 and he implemented the first successful communication between a Hypertext Transfer Protocol client and server via the Internet sometime around mid November.
Berners-Lee is the director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which oversees the Web’s continued development. He is also the founder of the World Wide Web Foundation, and is a senior researcher and holder of the Founders Chair at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He is a director of the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI), and a member of the advisory board of the MIT Centre for Collective Intelligence.
In 2004, Berners-Lee was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his pioneering work. In April 2009, he was elected a foreign associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences. He was honoured as the “Inventor of the World Wide Web” during the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony, in which he appeared in person, working with a vintage Next Computer at the London Olympic Stadium. He tweeted “This is for everyone”, which instantly was spelled out in LCD lights attached to the chairs of the 80,000 people in the audience.
I’m going to try closing up my laptop for a week to see how that affects me. I’ll have to make sure I’ve paid all my bills before then as bill payment online is essential for me.
THAT WAS THEN BUT TODAY I WANT TO ADD:
It’s quite sad that like other things in life people/companies like Google Yahoo Microsoft etc are making billions out of what Sir Tim gave us for free. It is the greatest technological leap forward for mankind yet not many people know his name.The Crazy Brit is 4 years his senior and when the CB was 15 his mum asked him would he ‘like to learn about computers’ C.Bs reply “what are computers mum?” Thank god I didn’t know, I wouldn’t want to have B.Gs millstone for… well lets say $79.4 BILLION..think of all those zero’s
Maybe Sir Tim was naive or maybe just another crazy Brit, but as Steve Jobs (Apple another mega company making money off Sir Tim) quoted:
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”