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Jef Raskin, a computer technology pioneer who started the team that created the Macintosh computer, died Saturday at his home in Pacifica, Calif., at age 61. The cause was pancreatic cancer, said his wife, Linda Blum.


Mr. Raskin, who named the Macintosh after his favorite apple but altered the spelling for copyright reasons, played a significant role in transforming computers into friendlier machines, helping to catapult them into the commercial sphere. As the 31st employee at Apple Computer, Mr. Raskin advocated forcefully for the company to develop a computer that was easy for people to use, and he headed the Macintosh project starting in 1979.


"At that time, computers were for nerds," said Bill Atkinson, a software designer who Mr. Raskin recruited to work at Apple in 1978. "You had to be some kind of geek to even want to use a computer. He wanted to make them more usable and friendly to people who weren't geeks."


More at: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/28/business/28raskin.html?adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1109607706-oSGpexrdGGnYe4pZCXtJGw

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