Sunday, September 21, 2014
Search
  
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
Microsoft Pushes Back Xbox One Debut In China
New Oculus 'Crescent Bay' Headset Announced
Microsoft Offers iPhone Users 30 GB of Free Storage
New Tizen Device Coming in India
Samsung Launches My Knox App For Latest Mobile Device
Android L To Support Encryption By Default
Microsoft Outlines Basic Elements Of Direct3D 12
New GeForce WHQL Driver Released
Active Discussions
Yamaha CRW-F1UX
help questions structure DVDR
Made video, won't play back easily
Questions durability monitor LCD
Questions fungus CD/DVD Media, Some expert engineer in optical media can help me?
CD, DVD and Blu-ray burning for Android in development
IBM supercharges Power servers with graphics chips
Werner Vogels: four cloud computing trends for 2014
 Home > News > General Computing > Apple p...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Monday, February 28, 2005
Apple pioneer dies at 61


The man who named the Macintosh, John Raskin, has passed away in California

Jef Raskin, the computer interface expert who launched the Macintosh project for Apple, died Saturday at age 61. The author of The Humane Interface: New Directions for Designing Interactive Systems, died of cancer at his Pacifica, California, home, according to his family.

Raskin, who named the Macintosh after his favourite fruit, joined Apple in January 1978 as employee number 31. The Macintosh was launched in 1984, but Raskin left Apple in 1982 amid a well-documented dispute with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Raskin was an assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego, and a visiting scholar at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in the 1970s when he first visited Xerox's Palo Alto Research Centre, or PARC. (Apple is often accused of copying Xerox's graphical user interface - GUI - into the Macintosh operating system).

"When PARC was in its first few years I was often a visiting academic there, taking part in discussions and viewing with delight some of the developments going on there; I trust that people there also took pleasure in finding in me someone who was already on much the same user-interface wavelength," Raskin later wrote. "I didn't have to be sold on the idea that UI and graphics were of primary importance to the future of computing."

Raskin said he told Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Apple's other co-founder, about what he had seen at Xerox the first time he met them in their garage in 1976, but that he stopped visiting Xerox when he went to work for Apple "to avoid any possible conflicts of interest". Raskin reportedly left Apple after Jobs increasingly muscled in on the Macintosh project.

After leaving Apple, Raskin designed Canon Cat, a small computer with a text-based user interface that did not make use of either a mouse, icons or graphics. Some blamed poor marketing on the part of Canon USA for the computer's short life. In later years, Raskin worked on The Humane Environment, a system incorporating his interface concepts with open-source elements within a Zooming User Interface.

Raskin earned bachelor's degrees in mathematics and philosophy from the State University of New York and a master's degree in computer science from the Pennsylvania State University.


Previous
Next
Iomega Enhances Iomega Super DVD Drives with Sonic MyDVD v6        All News        EMI Music Releases First ''DTS Signature Series'' Surround Titles
Napster Turns Music into Rental Deal     General Computing News      Microsoft 64-bit roadmap revealed

Source Link Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Teardowns
Apple And U2 To Develop New Digital Music Format
Apple Updates Privacy Policy, Delays Healthkit
New iPads And OS X Yosemite Announcements Expected Next Month
Apple iOS 8 Coming On Wednesday
Apple Adds Two-step Verification To iCloud
Apple Lets You Remove U2 Gift Album From iTunes
Pre-orders for New iPhones Top Four Million in First 24 Hours
Apple Enjoys Huge Demand For New iPhone 6 Plus
Apple Unveils iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch And Apple Pay
Gold iPhone 6 Appears Online
Apple Invites Fashion Editors To Press Event

Most Popular News
 
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2014 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .