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Bill Gates expresses regret over Ctrl+Alt+Delete, offers better solution

Uncategorized September 22, 2017

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  Nobody’s perfect, not even world’s richest person Bill Gates. The billionaire recently admitted that if he could go back in time, he’d switch the Ctrl+Alt+Delete command for a single button.

Microsoft Co-founder and the world’s richest person Bill Gates on Wednesday in an appearance on Bloomberg’s Global Business Forum in New York City admitted that he regrets the ‘Control+Alt+Delete’ shortcut on Windows computer. The two-handed manoeuvre was once required to reboot Windows computers.

“If I could make one small edit, I’d make that a single key,” Gates said, according to CNN Money.

Echoing the sentiments he made in 2013, Gates pinned the blame on IBM engineers who were responsible for the IBM PC keyboard at the time. He pointed to IBM engineer David Bradley as the culprit, someone who’s also had his fair share of questions on the subject. Bradley explained the keyboard was part of a long process, and there was no time to be wasted on small details.

“The IBM PC hardware keyboard only had one way that it could get a guaranteed interrupt generated,” he explained. “So, clearly the people involved, they should have put another key on it to make that work. A lot of machines these days do have that as a more obvious function.”

“We could have had a single button, but the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn’t want to give us our single button. We programmed at a low level — it was a mistake.” Gates explained.

So this ctrl+alt+del which made lives hard was not intentional, they were just in a rush to finish the first PC.
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