Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year to Everyone


Including Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee, who made this blog post possible in every meaning of the word. Berners-Lee is a British computer science professional who, while based at CERN in Geneva, pulled together the concepts of hypertext, Transmission Control Protocol and Domain name ideas and sent the very first hypertext message to another computer on 25 December. Twenty-one years ago.


Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee

The world we know today simply would not exist if Tim Berners-Lee had been working as an accountant in London, or selling shoes in Chicago.

No email, no weather on your desktop (probably no desktop), no internet banking (and no on-line porn or gambling), no direct deposit of your paycheck, no web sites to visit of any kind, no on-line libraries, no Amazon or eBay. Nothing would exist as we know it today if Berners-Lee hadn’t stretched his mind to pull all of those bits of technology together.

In the twenty-one years since that day the entire world has been transformed. Oddly enough, very few people have noticed. Most of them have taken it for granted, as they do just about everything else in their lives.

Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee and Santa Clause have a few things in common. On the whole, though, Berners-Lee has given much more to the world.

Below are a few links that will provide a bit more information on this most amazing individual.

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year.  May it be safe and profitable for each and every one of us.

The next time you send an email, slip a link to this blog post into it.

Be safe out there.

About Gary Showalter

Gary Showalter was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived in Aruba, Florida and the Panama Canal Zone before joining the U.S. Army during the 1960s. Following his discharge from the Army, Mr. Showalter picked cotton in East Texas, baled hay in Ardmore Oklahoma, sold light bulbs in Los Angeles, California, and built cattle pens in Fallon, Nevada (during a blizzard, of course). After settling in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Showalter worked as a professional gardener before turning his hand to furniture making. In 1981, he moved to Israel, married, and raised four children while working as a furniture maker, silversmith, goldsmith, and ornamental wood turner. He served in the Israel Defense Forces Reserves for sixteen years, and when not on active duty he worked in government and private security. He has also served in senior management positions in two software development companies in Israel. During his time in Israel, Mr. Showalter published articles dealing with international terror and the Israel-Arab conflict in the Jerusalem Post, Israel national News and several political science web sites. Mr. Showalter returned to the United States in the fall of 2003, to care for an elderly parent. He published his first novel, “The Big Bend”, in the fall of 2008. His second novel, “Hog Valley”, is now in print. Mr. Showalter's third novel, “Twisted Key”, was published in the fall of 2011, and his fourth novel, "Lonesome Cove" is now available in Kindle format and should be published in paper near the end of 2012. Those words were written a few years ago. Frankly speaking, the literary well has dried up. I now live in Dunnellon, Fl, where I amworking as the caretaker on a horse farm and looking to build a workshop here on the property where I can get back to building furniture. With any luck I will be sinking piers some time early in November and hope to have the floor joists ready for flooring by the end of the month. I'll get back to you on that.
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