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Bill Gates confesses: CTRL-ALT-DEL was a mistake

Bill Gates, chairman and founder of Microsoft Corp., listens during the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting on September 24, 2013 in New York City.

This final note today, in which Bill Gates finally comes clean about something his company has forced millions of people to do countless times a day.

He did a talk last week at Harvard in which he was asked this question: "Why, when I want to turn on my software and computer, do I need to have three fingers -- CTRL-ALT-DEL? Where is that from? Whose idea was that?"

Gates got technical for a minute, something about accessing the base level of the software, and then he 'fessed up.

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

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