I haven't been a fan of instant messaging, but many of my co-workers swear by it. I just don't like constant interruptions when I am thinking, writing, researching or working on anything for that matter. I'm considering using MSN instant messenger with my new Suunto watch, but I still haven't decided if I want to be that reachable.
Tim Berners Lee is the first winner of the world's largest technology award, a prize of $1.23 million awarded by the Finnish Technology Award Foundation for inventing the simple protocols that created the powerful world wide web. Definitely well deserved. The fact that he never commercialized his invention but rather made it a public good -- with the huge adoption rates that followed -- guarantees him a place as one of the innovators with the greatest impact in the history of the world. The web has completed changed the world.