Weaving the Web

It is hard to believe that it's 10 years since the Web was created, and during this decade it's expanded to encompass a global flow of information. Many of us take advantage of this technology, and some of us have yet to encounter it. It is amazing to think that initially this was the idea of one man - a random thought - who wondered what it would be like if all information stored on computers everywhere was linked.

I found this a fascinating read, and very inspiring. Berners-Lee retraces the humble beginnings of his Web dream, and works hard to include the pivotal roles of the people - colleagues, friends and family - who supported him.

This is not just one man's story. Berners-Lee is successful in depicting the characters who assisted him along the way; e.g., Robert Cailleau, "a dapper dresser who methodically schedules haircuts according to the solstice and equinox". Cailleau was immediately converted to Berners-Lee's idea, and became a key player in championing the cause at CERN, where both worked.

Many of the common tools used on the Web have been around since its inception - uniform resource locators (URLs), hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP), hypertext markup language (HTML), and also the first browser - and this is testament to the forethought and design detail Berners-Lee employed in his original idea. Without his ability to look to the future, and create a simple and easily executed design, our ability to share information across the Web may never have happened.

Anyone who has ever tried to get a project under way will empathise with the groundwork, frustrations, politics and negotiations with which Berners-Lee had to deal to keep his dream alive, even when it could have been stopped at any point along the way. This is a great read that will provide an insight into a technology that will continue to grow in the next millennium, and will inspire you to think.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Amanda Conroy

PC World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Crucial Ballistix Elite 32GB Kit (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 UDIMM

Learn more >

Gadgets & Things

Lexar® Professional 1000x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards

Learn more >

Family Friendly

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Plox Star Wars Death Star Levitating Bluetooth Speaker

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles


GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy


First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni


For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell


The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi


The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott


My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?