Larry Tesler, The Legend Who Invented Cut, Copy, Paste And Changed Our Lives, Passes Away
Today the way you use your computer is far more convenient than how it used to be in its early days. The graphical user interface makes everything look smooth and easy, we have shortcuts to do almost anything, including the beloved cut, copy and paste.
This last feature has surely saved our life countless number of times. And today, the creator of this simple yet useful feature has passed away at the age of 75.
Larry Tesler was the man who created this feature. You might have not known his name like Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, but his contributions to the way we use computers today are noteworthy and indispensable.
He was born in 1945 in New York, he studied computer science from Stanford University. He was one of the first people to work on AI, before it became a hot marketing word for smartphone brands. He started working at Xerox PARC where he collaborated with Tim Mott to create the Gypsy text editor -- and here’s where he introduced the first-ever cut, copy and paste feature, along with several others.
In 1980, Tesler started working with Apple Computer and contributed to making the initial era of Macintosh operating system through a unique graphical user interface (GUI) that we almost take for granted today. He was also promoted to the position of Chief Scientist.
He left Apple in 1997 and went to work for Amazon, then Yahoo as well as 23andMe -- a DNA testing service. Recently, he has just been consulting for ‘user experience management’ in California.
During his career, he had been a staunch supporter of ‘modeless’ UI design. Basically, he made sure that certain applications don’t run in different modes to do different tasks and pressing one key would do only that specific function -- to make a user interface more easy to use. This is something both Apple and Microsoft have adopted in their UI designs and do even today.
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