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Copy and Paste Command Creator Larry Tesler Dies At Age 74

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Several have come out to pay tribute to the guy without whom things would have been difficult. The creator of Copy and Paste command on computers, Larry Tesler has died. The 74-year-old scientist created one of the most revolutionizing computer commands, probably in the history of mankind even. Not just that, but some would like to refer to him as the pioneer of early computing. Perhaps this is the time where we get to know about this unsung hero. The scientist was born in Bronx, New York in 1945. He began his career working in the very early stages of first computers.

Larry Tesler – The Creator of “Copy and Paste”

The Stanford University graduate, Larry Tesler worked for blue-chip firms including Yahoo, Amazon and Apple. Initially, he was working in a photocopying company Xerox’s research centre before Steve Jobs hired him for his company. After the death of the Copy and Paste creator, Xerox a paid tribute to his invention in a tweet. They said,

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

Tesler worked with Apple for 17 years, eventually becoming their chief engineer by the time he moved on. People might be talking about him being a copy and paste creator. However, he was much more than that, he was actually specialized in interface design.

When he created the copy-paste command, Steve Jobs incorporated it in Lisa computers in 1983 and the original Macintosh the next year. Tesler was the one who introduced the concept of a computer mouse to Jobs and invented scrollbars in the Apple computers.

He believed in making computer systems without any modes. Modes allow users to switch between functions on software and apps but slow the computing power, making the system complicated. Therefore, he wanted to move to something bigger and better. Interestingly, his dislike ness towards the modes was so strong that his Twitter handle was “nomodes” and so was his vehicle number plate, and his own website was “nomodes.com”.

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