25 years ago the Berlin wall came down; the first GPS satellite was put into orbit; Maggie reined supreme; The British economy was booming and unemployment was down to 1.8 million. 1989 was the year in whichGeorge W Bush was inaugurated; Driving Miss Daisy was the top grossing film of the year and the most famous mime act of all time topped the charts. Yep – thats the year when Willi Vanilli bounced onto our screens wearing ‘those’ shorts and barely singing a note between them.
It was the year that Sky began broadcasting the first satellite TV service in Britain; Apple introduced a new portable computer retailing for around £4,000 (£8,500 in today’s money); Microsoft first released Office and Nintendo first launched its Game Boy.
It was also the year when Sir Tim Berners Lee invented the World Wide Web (not to be confused with the Internet) which today celebrates its 25th birthday. Fast forward 25 years and its impossible to imagine life without the web. Its arguably become the most powerful communication medium the world has ever known, with over 2 billion users globally. Its changed the way we buy and sell, teach and learn, share and get informed, offer our point of view to anyone who will listen, collaborate, communicate, problem-solve, meet and fall in love.
And in amongst all of this amazing value and good that Sir Tim and his team have ultimately bought us, lets not forget that unlike almost every other tech inventor or genius out there, Sir Tim shared his awesome creation with the world for free. What a gift and what a guy!
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