Rest In Peace Larry Tesler, Tech Legend

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Portrait of Larry Tesler, from Apple Computer, at the annual PC Forum, Palm Springs, California, March 19-22. (Photo by Ann E. Yow-Dyson/Getty Images)

Larry Tesler recently passed away on February 16, and is best known for creating the copy, cut, and paste tools that are used everyday. He developed the tools while part of Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, and the tools became vital for text editors and operating systems. Larry Tesler also helped develop the idea of “modeless” computing with his colleague Tim Mott. Tesler and Mott both believed that a computer should not have different modes. Back in the day in the day, computers had different modes. In these different modes, certain inputs had different functions. These two wanted to do away with that system of computing. He was so devoted to this ideology that he even started a website embracing the “modeless” ideology. Tesler jumped between companies such as Apple, Amazon, Yahoo, and Stagecast.

Tesler was an unsung hero of the tech community and his loss will impact tech nerds everywhere. It’s a shame that he passed and it saddens all to hear that he’s gone. Even though this is the case, he will still live on in memory and in what he’s contributed to the tech world.