Digibarn reports that Jef Raskin, human-computer interface expert who began the Macintosh project for Apple Computer died on Saturday, February 26th, 2005.
Jef Raskin is the human-computer interface expert who began the Macintosh project for Apple Computer and is the author of The Humane Interface, which in large part builds on his earlier work with the Canon Cat. Raskin received a B.S. Mathematics and B.A. in Philosophy from the State University of New York and an M.S. in Computer Science from the Pennsylvania State University. As an assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), he taught classes ranging from computer science to photography.
Raskin joined Apple in January 1978 as the 31st employee. He later hired his former student Bill Atkinson from UCSD to work at Apple, and began the Macintosh project. He is credited with the decision to use a one-button mouse as part of the Apple interface, a departure from the Xerox PARC standard of a three-button mouse. He has since stated that were he to redesign the interface today, he would have used a two button mouse.
Raskin designed the Canon Cat, released in 1987.
At the beginning of the new millennium, Raskin undertook the building of The Humane Environment (THE). THE is a system incarnating his concepts of the humane interface, by using open source elements within his rendition of a ZUI or Zooming User Interface.
Sources: Wikipedia.com, Digibarn.com
Observations From the Show Floor.
Here are some of our picks of new accessories and third party
software announced at Macworld Expo SF 2005.
Panic (booth 1951) has a sneak peak of Transmit 3, the company’s FTP client. One of the best products made for OS X. Anybody buying Transit 2 with qualify for a free Transit upgrade.
WiebeTech (booth 1348) debuts the Ultra Bus powered UltraGB+ desktop enclosure and a “super DriveDock that connects drives via Firewire and USB2.
From Better Energy Systems comes the Solio – a trillium-shaped solar-powered battery charger for your iPod, digital camera, cell phone or other devices. It weights 5.8 ounces and is the size of a pack of cards when folded up. It fits nicely in the pocket.
LaCie (booth 1843) Showed a 2TB Raid FireWire 800 subsystem for Video pros. Also a real time MPEG ? 1/2 encoder that converts DV files to MPEG Files.
Sonic Solutions (formerly Roxio) announced that they would add HD support to a future version of its flagship Toast authoring software.
Elgato, and ATI Technologies announced Tuesday the EyeTV Wonder USB 2.0, an analog TV Tuner for the Macintosh. It will ship at the end of January 2005 for US$149. System requirements are a G4 or higher and USB 2.0 and Mac OS 10.3 and higher.
RadTech (Booth 2329) displayed a number of STM Bags for PowerBooks. STM is one of the best bags made for PowerBooks. The weatherproof zippers are a nice touch and well-crafted backpacks.
More in a follow-up…
What did you see on the show floor that excited you?
Geeks! Audio! DJs! Macs! Oh, my. The Mac is all about the Bay Area this week with a huge lineup of events, one Mac-only and three audio-related but with heavy Mac involvement expected:
I’ll be at all four events in San Francisco; hit comments here if you’re in the Bay Area and want to wrangle some PowerPagers together! I’ll also launch createdigitalmusic.com officially over the weekend (yes, it’s down now); together with the PowerPage I’ll bring ‘team coverage’ of all four events live!
Want the sex appeal of a backlit keyboard but don’t have the cash for a new 17″ PowerBook G4? Russ White from
Small Dog Electronics walks us through the process of installing backlighting on other Apple portables.
It is now 8:40 AM, and I’m standing outside the Apple Store at The Grove in Los Angeles, California. Unlike our live MacWorld reports, we know for a fact that we have reliable AirPort coverage in the Apple Stores.
There are 6 other fanatic Mac users are here with me, ready to enter the store promptly at 10:00 AM to view the Grand Pubah’s keynote from the Worldwide Developer Conference held at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.
8:55 AM – The crowd is now up to 10 fellow Mac freaks. Below is the first official PowerPage WWDC photo – including yours truly on the bench with the 17″ Al-Book!
In addition to Apple Stores equipped with theaters (see our earlier story), there’s a growing list of locations to watch Monday’s WWDC keynote. MacNN lists UW Madison, University of Michigan, SIGMAC at Case Western, University of Central Florida, Ohio University Athens, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Winona State, and Minnesota State Moorhead. (Thanks, Richard.) MacMinute has a list of 20 universities, but the page wasn’t loading at press time.
Here are some exclusives of our own: MyMacDealer in Calgary, Alberta has a brand new satellite dish and will be showing the event live (call for seating availability). Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois will be broadcasting in Horrabin Hall Room 53. (Thanks, Brian Frost.) Haddock Computer Center will have a feed at both their Witchita, KS, and Oklahoma City, OK retail locations, or in Iowa you can check it out at either University of Iowa or Iowa State University. Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA will have their feed in the Stern Center, room 103. (Thanks, Dan Buchan.)
Lastly, our friends at MacMerc will have a play-by-play there, perfect if you’re stuck at work (and weren’t able to convince your boss you have to leave for religious reasons, as Joy of Tech suggested in 2001). As long as their server stays up, Jonathan Gales will have his coverage going.
And if you manage to miss all of that, there will be a replay webcast from Apple in QuickTime MPEG-4. Just try not to tune in here if you want to be surprised.
Apple has sliced US pricing of the PowerBook G4. The new pricing is US$1599 for 12″/Combo Drive, US$1799 12″/SuperDrive, and US$1999 15″/Combo. No break on the 17″, folks. Individual education pricing is now discounted from the new prices, on top of the existing $200 rebate on new iPods and $100 off Canon printers for portable buyers. The new pricing seems to encourage rumors of an impending addition of 15″ Aluminum models, but in the meantime, finally makes the very-cool PowerBook G4 12″ more price competitive with iBook.