We take the web and its applications for granted, but here’s to the pioneers who developed HTML and TCP/IP. These standards mean that you can visit, say, baldguyweb.com from an iPad, a smart phone, a Chromebook, a desktop computer, or even a smart watch, and the forms and utilities will all work. If it was up to Microsoft or Apple, we would have to run one of their devices to use the internet. But open standards rule the internet, and we can all be grateful that big corporations have been frustrated in their efforts to make it their own space. Here’s hoping net neutrality keeps Netflix and other streamers from making it theirs.

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