Tim Berners-Lee Biography

March 20th, 2014

Tim Berners Lee was the man who invented WWW (World Wide Web). He is important because he changed society by inventing the internet.

He was born in 1955 in London. Both of his parents were mathematicians. He loved electronics from an early age.

He grew up as a successful man. He graduated as a physic major from Oxford University in 1976. Whilst he was there, he built the first computer using only a soldering iron, TTL gate, an M68OO processor and an old television.

His early jobs were working on barcode technology, writing typesetting software, writing a generic macro language, working on FASTBUS system software and designing a heterogeneous remote procedure call system.

Later, in 1980 he wrote, but never produced, his first programme called “Enquire,” which later foreshadowed his later work on WWW. In 1989, he proposed a global hypertext project AKA the World Wide Web. From then a lot of people started to buy the computers and Tim soon became successful in engineering and business. He said,” It is about getting excited about connections, rather than nervous.” It inspired people to work on the internet to find out more. 

Tim Berners-Lee is currently the director of WWW Consortium, the group that sets technical standards for the web. He then wrote a book, entitled “Weaving the Web”.

We can learn that if we work hard and have patience, we can achieve anything! It has affected us by inspiring us that we can change the world!  “Anyone who has track of time when using a computer knows the propensity to dream, the urge to make dreams come true and the tendency to miss lunch.” Without him, you wouldn’t have been reading this and I wouldn’t be writing this!

The Casson Family – Indigo’s Star Book Review.

March 20th, 2014

Name: The Casson Family – Indigo’s Star.

Author: Hilary McKay.

Number of Pages: 244 (262 including extracts and Q&A)

Date Published: 2013

The story: Indigo is really sick and lonely (or feeling blue), so he misses a whole term of school. Bill (Indigo’s dad) calls home to check up on the kids (he lives in London because he is an artist and his art studio is in London). Indigo soon gets well and is sent back to school by Eve (Indigo’s  mum). School bully, the red-haired gang leader, picks on Indigo, but Saffron (Indigo’s sister) and Sarah (her best friend) beat him up. A new boy from America called Tom boasts about his mum and dad and tries to be cool. He lives with his grandma (who everyone thinks is a witch because she has a house full of cats). Rose and Indigo visit Tom and find him playing a guitar on the roof.

The characters:

Indigo – Main Character – Stubborn

Tom – Friend – Adventurous

Caddy – Sister – Pretty

Saffron – Adopted Sister – Intelligent

Eve – Mum – Compassionate

Bill – Dad – Clean-Freak

Rose – Sister – Artistic

Red-Haired Gang Leader – Bully – Arrogant

Highlights:

My favourite part was when Rose called her dad and started to cry saying “I broke Tom’s guitar”. Bill rushed home and bought a guitar. He bought the guitar which Tom dreamed of having because he would always visit a music shop, which sold the guitar, every Saturday and used to play it in a corner. It was my favourite part because it is very touching and emotional, because even though her dad doesn’t visit her very much, he bought her a £450 guitar.

Any weak bits?

NO! Definitely not! This book is amazing and it has no weak bits whatsoever!

Unputdownable?

Yes, it is unputdownable. I spent every single spare second reading this book and now it is my favourite book.

I rate it 5 stars!