Final Note

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

Kai Ryssdal Sep 26, 2013
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Final Note

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

Kai Ryssdal Sep 26, 2013
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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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