Jef was the smartest, kindest, and most accomplished man I ever knew. He shared his vision with respect to computers and people in many ways, initiating the project that made computers accessible to ordinary people. Hundreds of millions of people use the results of that project. And yet there are fundamental flaws in the structure of modern GUI-based systems. He not only recognized many of these flaws, he made very large efforts to address them over the course of three decades. These projects included Swyftware, Information Appliance, and the Canon Cat in concrete developments. But they also included intellectual…
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