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"Copy" "Paste" "Cut" Command Inventor Dies At 74 by Biodun556(m): 9:59am On Feb 20, 2020

Larry Tesler: Computer scientist behind cut, copy and paste dies aged 74
20 February 2020

Larry Tesler, an icon of early computing, has died at the age of 74.

Mr Tesler started working in Silicon Valley in the early 1960s, at a time when computers were inaccessible to the vast majority of people.

It was thanks to his innovations - which included the "cut", "copy" and "paste" commands - that the personal computer became simple to learn and use.

Xerox, where Mr Tesler spent part of his career, paid tribute to him.

"The inventor of cut/copy & paste, find & replace, and more, was former Xerox researcher Larry Tesler," the company tweeted. "Your workday is easier thanks to his revolutionary ideas."

Mr Tesler was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1945, and studied at Stanford University in California.

Larry Tesler: The Silicon Valley history man
After graduating, he specialised in user interface design - that is, making computer systems more user-friendly.

He worked for a number of major tech firms during his long career. He started at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (Parc), before Steve Jobs poached him for Apple, where he spent 17 years and rose to chief scientist.

After leaving Apple he set up an education start-up, and worked for brief periods at Amazon and Yahoo.

Media captionIn 2012, Larry Tesler spoke with the BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones
In 2012, he told the BBC of Silicon Valley: "There's almost a rite of passage - after you've made some money, you don't just retire, you spend your time funding other companies.

"There's a very strong element of excitement, of being able to share what you've learned with the next generation."

'A counterculture vision'
Possibly Mr Tesler's most famous innovation, the cut and paste command, was reportedly based on the old method of editing in which people would physically cut portions of printed text and glue them elsewhere.

The command was incorporated in Apple's software on the Lisa computer in 1983, and the original Macintosh that was released the following year.

Image caption
Mr Tesler, pictured in 1991, developed the "copy and paste" command
One of Mr Tesler's firmest beliefs was that computer systems should stop using "modes", which were common in software design at the time.

"Modes" allow users to switch between functions on software and apps but make computers both time-consuming and complicated.

So strong was this belief that Mr Tesler's website was called "nomodes.com", his Twitter handle was "@nomodes", and even his car's license plate was "No Modes".

Silicon Valley's Computer History Museum said Mr Tesler "combined computer science training with a counterculture vision that computers should be for everyone".



Re: "Copy" "Paste" "Cut" Command Inventor Dies At 74 by bigiyaro(m): 10:32am On Feb 20, 2020
RIP! you touched n helped your lives than all the religions combined.
Re: "Copy" "Paste" "Cut" Command Inventor Dies At 74 by obiekunie2: 10:39am On Feb 20, 2020
one of the less appreciated legends of our time.
Re: "Copy" "Paste" "Cut" Command Inventor Dies At 74 by Macsjebs: 2:41pm On Feb 20, 2020
RIP Great Inventor
Re: "Copy" "Paste" "Cut" Command Inventor Dies At 74 by kehinde2436(m): 2:54pm On Feb 20, 2020
RIP to a legend...

Have just even Copied and Pasted the above words sef cry cry cry
Re: "Copy" "Paste" "Cut" Command Inventor Dies At 74 by IeatPussy: 6:29pm On Feb 20, 2020
RIP great man.. Without you, I don't know how I would have copied and paste 500 pages of my project.
Re: "Copy" "Paste" "Cut" Command Inventor Dies At 74 by Landargas: 3:25pm On Feb 22, 2020
That's really cool to say thanks to him, but it's really reminder to real pioneer of everything like IBM and Xerox, giants about which people really do not even know these days probably. So I assume it's something like that anyway. Hopefully mighty Google will be beaten up.

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