Dec 25 2005 Sun
4:10 pm PHT
Tim Berners-Lee has a blog! If you don’t know who he is, then you either probably haven’t read Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons, or you haven’t carefully read Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons. For the still clueless, he’s the reason you’re reading this blog entry now; he’s the inventor of the World Wide Web.
Right now, there are only two posts on the blog. And the first got inundated with a lot of thank-you comments from gratified World Wide Webbers. Subsequently, Tim closed off the comments and wrote a humble second post acknowledging the giants whose shoulders he stood upon.
My first brush with the Internet was more than eight years ago and the World Wide Web was the first Internet service I played around with, even before e-mail. I remember that we signed up then with the ISP Philworld. One weird recollection I have of that time was that the MIDI format of U2’s song “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” became my soundtrack to the World Wide Web. I would play that file to distraction while surfing the websites.
My first website, still up but long dormant, is SEAV Softwares. It’s my personal page about my QBASIC hobby back in 4th year high school and early college. I was active then in the QB scene and became one of the veteran programmers in the online community. Then I sort of got tired of it after the turn of the century.
It was at that time that I got more interested in the WWW itself. I taught myself Perl, devoted my time to the study of (X)HTML and CSS, got more into web development, and devoted my time to Wikipedia.
I’d like to think of myself as a pioneer on the Web in some rather narrow fields. I was the most high-profile South-east Asian QB programmer in the online QBASIC community, then I became the first significantly active Filipino contributor on the Wikipedia. I’d also like to think that I’m somewhere near the forefront of the leading edge in front-end web development (sadly, I’m not up-to-date on the back-end technologies).
The point being, is that I’m truly a Web geek. And I’ve got TBL to thank for that.