Monday, February 28, 2005

A good apple

Among notable deaths this weekend was Penn State alumnus and native New Yorker Jef Raskin (his master's thesis at PSU was a computer program), one of the founders of the team that created the Apple Macintosh. He's credited with naming the product line after his favorite kind of apple (which is spelled a little differently -- McIntosh -- although as a result of the computer, it's easy to think that's the way the fruit variety is spelled as well). His obit also credits him with popularizing two other phrases of the tech vernacular: "font" and "click and drag." In general, he's remembered as a guy who championed a computer interface more friendly to common users. (Some of his book "The Humane Interface" has been posted online via Google Print.)

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