When you think about stuff that you pretty much take for granted and would make your life way harder if it didn’t exist, then I’m pretty sure that the ‘cut, copy and paste’ function on your computer would be up there near the top.
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Just think about it – if you work in any kind of office environment then you’ve probably used it about a hundred times today at least and even if you don’t just sending emails or copying URLs or writing assignments or creating memes or whatever it is you’re doing on your computer, you’re gonna be using it pretty much on the reg. It really is a function that revolutionised the world and made things a lot easier for everyone, without pissing so much as one person off.
So with that in mind, it’s a real shame that nobody knows the name of the man who invented it until today, when he sadly passed away at the age of 74. Larry Tesler went to Stanford University to study computer science before joining Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in 1973 where he began designing a mouse based interface known as Gypsy, which is pretty much the basis for every modern day OS now. What an absolute sickhead.
Following on from his time at Xerox, Steve Jobs noticed that he was a major deal and brought him over to work for Apple in 1980 where he ultimately ascended to the role of Chief Scientist in 1993. It was then that he devised the legendary ‘Cut Copy And Paste’ function, before going on to work for Amazon and Yahoo! before his retirement.
No details about his death have been released yet but let’s hope it wasn’t painful. RIP to one of the true unsung heroes of our time.
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