Macintosh inventor Jef Raskin passes away

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  1. tpjunkie macrumors 65816

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    Although he left the project before completion, and his original concept of the macintosh is quite different from what finally shipped, he did provide the original idea and impetus for the creation of the macintosh


    http://macdailynews.com/index.php/weblog/comments/5096/
     
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    One of the first threads I posted here at MR was about Jef Raskin... I think he died a slightly bitter man.

    Still, respect is massively due.
     
  3. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    This is a man who meant as much to the Macintosh computer as Steve Jobs. I'm sorry to hear he has died. He was still working on a major computing project, the Humane Interface, so this must have been quite sudden.
     
  4. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Wow, that's sad. I ran into Jef at MacWorld a couple of years ago. I looked over and saw the name tag and couldn't hardly believe I was standing next to a legendary Mac figure. When I introduced myself, I'll never forget, the first thing he said was, "Welcome to my expo!" Reading Bill Atkinson's book, I realize now this was a classic Jef Raskin line. We spend quite a while chatting about one thing and another (I remember him saying he didn't like the OSX user interface), and he sent me a copy of his book "The Human Interface." Somewhere around here I've got a photo I took of him that day. I'll try to locate and post it.
     
  5. Applespider macrumors G4

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    It's a great shame for a man who really did have a vision of what computing could be. I hope the newspaper obits recognise him - although I doubt they'll give him the credit he thought deserved.
     
  6. CrackedButter macrumors 68040

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    If they don't give him credit at least a lot of his customers know and recognise him for what he did.

    How old was he anyway?
     
  7. daveL macrumors 68020

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    62 next month.
     
  8. rosalindavenue macrumors 6502a

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    This slashdot thread has a lot of good info and appreciation of Mr. Raskin.
     
  9. CrackedButter macrumors 68040

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    btw, I didn't mean his customers since he never sold anything, but I think we know what I meant.
     
  10. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I also send my prayers to his family and friends. He was a pioneer of the Mac and certainly will be missed.
     
  12. MacFan26 macrumors 65816

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    Sad news, definately. The Joy of Tech has also created a comic in tribute to him.
     

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