Larry Tesler, creator of cut, copy, and paste, dies at 74

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Gizmodo reports that Tesler was born in 1945 and studied computer science at Stanford. He worked in AI research and took part in anti-war and anti-monopoly movements before joining the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in 1973. It was during his time at PARC that Tesler developed the cut, copy and paste concept, which was reportedly based on the old method of editing that involved physically cutting out portions of text and gluing them elsewhere. He also created 'find & replace.'

In 1980, Tesler moved to Apple, where he spent 17 years and held positions including Vice President of AppleNet and Chief Scientist. He worked on some of Apple’s most famous, and infamous, products, including the Macintosh, QuickTime, Lisa, and the Newton tablet. His cut/copy and paste commands were incorporated in the Lisa computer in 1983 and in the original Macintosh that was released the following year.

Tesler was a strong believer that computers should stop using “modes,” which was popular at the time. It allowed a user’s input to perform different actions depending on what mode they were in, making computing complicated. He advocated modeless computing, which ensured a user’s actions remained consistent across various functions and apps. Tesler believed so strongly in modeless computing that his website was called "nomodes.com", his Twitter handle was "@nomodes", and even his car's license plate was "No Modes."

Tesler worked at education software startup Stagecast after leaving Apple. He also worked at Amazon, Yahoo, and 23andMe. Since 2009, he had been a California-based UX consultant.

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Also, once upon a time someone invented the wheel. Should we all be infinitely grateful for the invention too, and sing his name?

Modern technology is a roll-over process, it provides and replaces whatever is needed. And for the most part, those are still people (not AI) who charged with those things.

Somehow, I am confident that if this guys didn't ink his invention, it would have come from someone else a tad later.
 
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Thrackerzod

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Also, once upon a time someone invented the wheel. Should we all be infinitely grateful for the invention too, and sing his name?

Modern technology is a roll-over process, it provides and replaces whatever is needed. And for the most part, those are still people (not AI) who charged with those things.

Somehow, I am confident that if this guys didn't ink his invention, it would have come from someone else a tad later.
Can't we just be respectful for a moment and appreciate the ideas he came up with?
 

Puiu

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Also, once upon a time someone invented the wheel. Should we all be infinitely grateful for the invention too, and sing his name?

Modern technology is a roll-over process, it provides and replaces whatever is needed. And for the most part, those are still people (not AI) who charged with those things.

Somehow, I am confident that if this guys didn't ink his invention, it would have come from someone else a tad later.
Yes, you should respect these people. It's that simple.
 

limericksavant

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Just think of the time we would waste
Before Tesler’s keystrokes, neatly based
On print editors’ tools.
Larry changed all the rules
With a simple ⌘x, ⌘c, & ⌘v
 
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captaincranky

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Indeed Mr. Tesler, rest in peace.

There isn't a day that goes by when I don't use at least two of those commands. (y) (Y)

Although, whoever added the "enter" command after the copy and paste protocol, "paste & go" into the browser right click menu, deserves a shout out as well.
 

toooooot

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W have come so far from that time. And we are still recycling and resuing ancient technology created by a variety of people that improved on each other modified, upgraded and tuned so many things.
People can be amazing when they dont kill and rape each other.
And it is amazing what they can achieve when they work together.
F$ck wars and those who fuel them.
And this sums up my work describing
why we need peace on earth.