It’s our last resort. It’s the big screw you to a PC that’s totally messing with you, but Ctrl-Alt-Delete was actually a mistake! A mistake that persists in PC and gaming culture to this day.
Speaking at the launch of The Harvard Campaign, Bill Gates discussed the origins of Ctrl-Alt-Delete, and admitted that it was actually the result of a stubborn IBM keyboard designer.
“It was a mistake,” claimed Gates. “We could have had a single button, but the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn’t wanna give us our single button.”
A single button. Why didn’t I think of that? Why didn’t anyone think of that? And more to the point, why did a keyboard designer at IBM think that was a bad idea? Seriously. Come on keyboard guy!
But… but. Part of me agrees with the keyboard man because I know I would have accidentally hit that button, wherever it was on the keyboard, whilst trying to rapidly type, so maybe I should be thanking the keyboard designer!
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