My father wasn't much for gardening, InformationWeek reports. Our house had a lawn of about 12 feet by 10 feet. He didn't like to mow it and neither did I, so every year he cemented over a little more of it, saying: "A fool and his lawnmower are soon united." But he was voted Man of The Year by the American Concrete Institute. I bring up this tangential point only because if you asked me what the Most Outstanding Development in Technology has been over the past 200 years, I would have to say the internet and the world wide...

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