Author Topic: R.I.P. Larry Tesler. R.I.P. Larry Tesler.  (Read 425 times)

T42

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R.I.P. Larry Tesler. R.I.P. Larry Tesler.
« on: February 20, 2020, 08:11:02 am »
The inventor of cut & paste has died.
The inventor of cut & paste has died.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51567695
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Re: R.I.P. Larry Tesler. R.I.P. Larry Tesler.
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2020, 09:21:19 am »
I may be pedantic but surely the concepts of cut and paste come from olde worlde publishing using paper, scissors and glue. All he did as to translate these into computer actions.
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ian

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Re: R.I.P. Larry Tesler. R.I.P. Larry Tesler.
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2020, 09:25:38 am »
My first ever job was cutting out pieces of text and pasting them to another piece to make CRC (camera-ready copy). The headings were added with Letraset. We had to kern by hand.

German bombers droned overhead, of course, and Victoria sat on the throne. Oh, wait, it was 1999. Old skills, like the dead, can be resurrected through the application of the appropriate rituals and suitable sacrifices.
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Re: R.I.P. Larry Tesler. R.I.P. Larry Tesler.
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2020, 09:27:58 am »
Copy.
Copy.


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ian

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Re: R.I.P. Larry Tesler. R.I.P. Larry Tesler.
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2020, 09:34:01 am »
You photocopied the original and then cut it up.

I found myself staring at an actual photocopier aboard the mothership the other way. I honestly had no idea how to make it work. I expected David Attenborough narration and here, we find the ancient beast at home in its natural environment...

It is quite a modern one. Festooned with buttons and bristling with paper trays.
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Re: R.I.P. Larry Tesler. R.I.P. Larry Tesler.
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2020, 09:42:00 am »
The first paper I did work for had a typesetting machine that spewed out ribbons of text. These were cut up and stuck on pages marked with fine blue lines. The machine operator was highly skilled. When I first did this on a Sinclair Spectrum four years later it was a revelation.
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Re: R.I.P. Larry Tesler. R.I.P. Larry Tesler.
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2020, 10:34:38 am »
I may be pedantic but surely the concepts of cut and paste come from olde worlde publishing using paper, scissors and glue. All he did as to translate these into computer actions.

Which was so obvious no one else had thought to do it before ....

In retrospect many things seem simple.

He also hated modal software. Probably an Emacs rather than a Vi user then.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

T42

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Re: R.I.P. Larry Tesler. R.I.P. Larry Tesler.
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2020, 11:00:29 am »
Wordstar was the first place I saw cut'n'pastry. It predated Jobs' fruit machines by a few years - although maybe Apple were the first to put it at OS level.

And hah! :

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Clipboards as buffers for small text snippets were first used by Pentti Kanerva when he used it to store deleted texts in order to restore them.[4] Since one could delete a text in one place and restore it in another, the term "delete" wasn't what one would expect in this case. Larry Tesler renamed this in 1973 as cut, copy, and paste and coined the term "clipboard" for this buffer, since these techniques need a clipboard for temporary saving the copied or cut data.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clipboard_(computing)

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