February 27, 2005
Jef Raskin, R.I.P.

Jef Raskin, who named and created Apple's Macintosh project, passed away yesterday. He was an original thinker whose designs were never completely realized and an ardent, original, often contrarian advocate for radically re-thinking and improving information appliances for regular folks. I met Jef in 1980 while I was working at Personal Software. His girlfriend at the time was a coworker of mine. I used to go with them to a big open field in Silicon Valley, long since developed, to watch him fly radio-controlled model airplanes. I often tried to get him to tell me, but he never would say what he was working on, other than the fact it was going to change the world. Via Dave Winer. Other links: official Jef Raskin site, DigiBarn memorial, ZDNET, AP obituary, Andy Hertzfeld's Macintosh history site.

Posted by mitch@osafoundation.org at February 27, 2005 05:55 PM

A Great guy indeed. Never had a chance to even see of his work, but when I read his thoughts and when stumbled at his humane project ideas and his invitation to all, I was quite amazed.
may his soul rest in peace.

Posted by: orsenthil [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 28, 2005 06:20 AM