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Bill Gates: Ctrl-Alt-Delete “Was a Mistake”

David Smothers September 26, 2013

The keyboard combo that is Control-Alt-Delete may have become iconic—but according to Bill Gates it was all just a big mistake.

Talking to the Harvard fundraising campaign, Gates admitted that the series of button presses was far from intentional:

It was a mistake… We could have had a single button, but the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn’t wanna give us our single button.

Indeed, responsibility for Ctrl-Alt-Delete rests with David Bradley, an engineer who worked on the original IBM PC. It’s an enduring legacy, too; the button combo still works in Windows 8 to lock a PC or run Task Manager. Quite a long history for a mistake.

[via HarvardGeekWireVerge]

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