Silicon Valley inventor of 'cut, copy and paste' dies

Silicon Valley inventor of 'cut, copy and paste' dies

Silicon Valley inventor of 'cut, copy and paste' dies

Larry Tesler, who passed away on Monday, might not be a household name like Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, but his contributions to making computers and mobile devices easier to use are the highlight of a long career influencing modern computing.

After leaving Apple in 1997, Tesler co-founded a company called Stagecast Software which developed applications that made it easier and more accessible for children to learn programming concepts. "Larry passed away Monday, so please join us in celebrating him", the company said.

"Tesler created the idea of "cut, copy, & paste" and combined computer science training with a counterculture vision that computers should be for everyone", the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley tweeted on February 19.

Mr Tesler was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1945, and studied at Stanford University in California. Tesler pioneered the concept during his time at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in the 1970s. He later went on to become the head of user experience design and research.

Throughout his long career, he worked for Xerox, Apple, Amazon and Yahoo, and is responsible for creating numerous commands that make modern computers so user-friendly.

Tesler joined Xerox at the company's Palo Alto Research Center in 1973, and it was there that he invented the now-ubiquitous cut, copy and paste commands, The Verge reported. While he's most famous for the invention of the copy-cut-paste function, that wasn't his only achievement! The cut and paste command is reportedly inspired by old-time editing which mainly involved cutting portions of printed text and fixing them elsewhere with paste.

With the upsurge of technology, many now rely widely on the command although critics would argue that this has also aided plagiarism.

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