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Gates calls Ctrl+Alt+Del command a mistake

27 September 2013 09:12 am - 10     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Bill Gates has described the decision to use Ctrl+Alt+Del as the command needed to log on to a PC as a mistake.

Originally designed to trigger a reboot of a PC, it survives in the Windows 8 operating system as the command to access the task manager toolbar and is still used in older versions to log on.

In an interview, the Microsoft co-founder blamed IBM for the shortcut, saying he had favoured a single button.

The keyboard shortcut was invented by IBM engineer David Bradley.

Originally he had favoured Ctrl+Alt+Esc, but he found it was too easy to bump the left side of the keyboard and reboot the computer accidentally so switched to Ctrl+Alt+Del because it was impossible to press with just one hand.

During IBM's 20th anniversary celebrations, he said that while he may have invented it, Bill Gates made it famous.

His involvement in the invention has made him something of a programming hero though- with fans asking him to autograph keyboards at conferences.(BBC)

  Comments - 10

  • Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 27 September 2013 10:02 AM

    Command ideal for supposed UNP revamp.

    Spitfire Friday, 27 September 2013 10:12 AM

    Can we do ctrl+alt+del command to the United National Party!

    LINAR Friday, 27 September 2013 10:46 AM

    No point UNP has become a Beeri Aliya..

    V Andrew Friday, 27 September 2013 10:55 AM

    and to the government!!!

    willows Friday, 27 September 2013 11:10 AM

    need to change the mother board (father??)

    KUNCHU Friday, 27 September 2013 11:16 AM

    Oh, the problem with UNP may have gone far beyond repairs. May be a new processor to be invented.

    Game Kolla Friday, 27 September 2013 01:35 PM

    Beeri and Gon Aliya

    Lakmal Friday, 27 September 2013 01:39 PM

    How about using Shift+Del instead

    Hakeem Friday, 27 September 2013 03:47 PM

    Re UNP. Needs a brand new much more advanced Windows. I wonder if Bill Gates could make one.

    Super Star Sunday, 29 September 2013 08:04 AM

    Microsoft is like Sri Lanka. Many updates are done, but problems at the kernel level still persist. We need stronger national policies and independent commissions that can work without the influence of Viruses or Trojans. Then it will become much more user friendly. Until then ctrl+alt+del

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