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Happy 21st birthday world wide web [Video]

So the web is 21 today, and what’s a 21st without something unique to mark the occasion? This year, in celebration of this momentous occasion, a South African startup as created a tribute video to Sir Tim Berners-Lee to thank him for inventing the web.

After many proposals to use hypertext “to link and access information of various kinds as a web of nodes in which the user can browse at will”, on 6 August 1991 Berners-Lee and Belgian computer scientist Robert Cailliau gave life to the web.

Moneysmart, the startup in question, is an online personal finance manager (PFM) that launched on 6 August 2011. As it shares its birthdate with the web, the company embarked on a mission to send the father of the web a message.

The company has asked South Africans and anyone who wants to, to send their tribute to the web, by posting it on the Moneysmart Facebook page or tweeting their tribute with the hashtag #web21. According to Moneysmart, at 5pm today the messages will be sent to Sir Tim Berners-Lee via a youtube video card.

The tribute video showcases some of South Africa’s web entrepreneurs thanking Berners-Lee for his great invention. Check it out.

Happy birthday world wide web, now you can legally drink, buy a car and adopt a child if you fancy.

Author | Mich Atagana

Mich Atagana
Mich started out life wanting to be a theoretical physicist but soon realized that mathematics was required. So, she promptly let go of that dream. She then decided that law might be the best place for her talents, but with too many litigation classes missed in favour of feminist... More
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  • Eric

    Herb the Wind and Sun are not Coming up with the Technology, Humans Are..Sure Every Great inventions Struggles See Every Great Invention lol…..Pessimist WHY?……….No one thought man Could Sail the Seas, or Go into Space or Land on the Moon or Fly or Talk in an Instant to someone on the other side of the Planet. We can do it all Herb if we put our Minds to it….See The Evolution of Human Science for Evidence ; )

  • Laz

    Because there are many, many technologies already in production that would do this job at much less cost an risk.

  • Skye

    to Herb – These roadways won’t need direct sunlight, the places that get more light will be able to share energy with those that get less, and rain or shine, the sun DOES rise every day….I don’t see anything stupid about this project, except the closed-mindedness of the people who refuse to even try and wrap their heads around it.

    Instead of coming up with fear-based obstacles, why not help bring fact-based solutions? This roadway is a viable solution to vastly improve the entire world’s environmental AND economic struggles, let’s not dismiss or ignore it people!

    to Laz – Really, like what? What technology is already in production that could generate clean energy in abundance and make our roadways safer at a lower cost and risk? And if it’s already here, why aren’t we using it?

    to Eric – Exactly!

  • Herb Borkland

    I salute your optimism, and thank you for your civility. I do not dispute the possibilities of new tech, Eric, I question the trustworthiness of those who rush to implement it. This states my position, and it will chill your blood. http://herbork.com/2013/08/08/the-lords-of-life/

  • Herb Borkland

    Skye, thank you, and, as I told Eric, I am not a Luddite. I am braced and encouraged by the spirit you men show. What concerns me are the ultimate aims of those who manipulate your good faith in this tech. How sane are their intentions? This will chill your blood… http://herbork.com/2013/08/08/the-lords-of-life/

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