Tagged With tim berners-lee

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How do you sing happy birthday to a computer? Or, more specifically, how do you sing happy birthday to a system of hyperlinked files accessible, by the internet, that live inside your computer (and phone, and tablet, and so on)? It is, after all, the World Wide Web's 25th birthday.

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Once upon a time, Tim Berners-Lee took the concept of Hypercard and turned it into a world of networked pages. Then there was the first website ever — a boring but clean and well-lit place that started with the title "World Wide Web".

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Yesterday's Olympic opening ceremony was a hallucinatory ode to western history, questionable British music, a giant baby, David Beckham's body, and — amid the athletic sprawl — one of the greatest geeks of all time.

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Tim "I helped invent the Internet" Berners-Lee testified before a federal jury earlier this week, tearing into the validity of a key patent Eolas Technologies' was exploiting to sue multiple web companies for $US600 million. He must have been persuasive because the court took mere hours to reach its decision.

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Tim Berners-Lee cites this spot (specifically that plaque on the wall!) at CERN to be the birthplace of the world wide web. Note the series of tubes on the ceiling. Those played a critical role, I understand.

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It's confirmed: the Queen loves the Web. And we have definitive proof. Two, actually. First, Her Majesty has just awarded the Order of Merit to Sir Tim Berners-Lee. That's the most exclusive club in Britain, chaps. It's limited to 24 living members and getting that funny cross is a personal decision by The Lady herself, not advised by any institution.

I don't know what they do when they all meet, probably have tea, plumcake and watch videos of English BDSM, but when you learn that Winston Churchill and Bertrand Russell were members, you get the idea of how important this is for good ole Liz.

Second and definitive proof: we got an exclusive GizmodoShotâ„¢ of the Queen using a MacBook reading her favorite blog, right after the jump.