Gates Would Delete ‘Control-Alt-Delete’

'It was a mistake'

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Bill Gates wishes he could delete “control-alt-delete.”

The Microsoft founder said during a recent Harvard University fundraising event that the famed, overly-complicated three-key combination to log-on to a PC was designed to prevent other apps from providing a fake log-in prompt and stealing passwords, The Verge reports. It still exists on many PCs and even as an option on Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 8.

“It was a mistake,” the billionaire Harvard drop-out said. “We could have had a single button, but the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn’t wanna give us our single button.”

Video of his Sept. 21 comments were posted online Tuesday. Watch the full conversation, or skip to 16:35 to hear Gates’ comments on the three-key combo:

[The Verge]

6 comments
Ydnarr
Ydnarr

Why not use the Windows key? It's what I bump with my left hand when going for the control (or alt) key 25% of the time anyway. Don't take that the wrong way, I'm sure everyone loves that button just as much as Bill Gates loves control-alt-delete

PabloV.Gomez
PabloV.Gomez

Yeap...  and to go to START to stop the machine is also IBM's fault...  ;)

AdalbertoCervantesRodriguez
AdalbertoCervantesRodriguez

Bill Gates, part of the group of lazies, asked for Mexican Petroleum Institute personnel to work for him in the MS-DOS, really basic system, seems to be created by him. Everybody respected his copyrights. But today he is stolen copyrights everywhere.

stevek77536
stevek77536

Mr. Gates can't blame this one on the IBM keyboard guy (apologies to Edgar Allen Poe):

QUOTE

... 

Deep into the monitor peering, long I sat there wond'ring, fearing,

Doubting, while the disk kept churning, turning yet to churn some more. 

But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token. 

"Save!" I said, "You cursed mother! Save my data from before!"

One thing did the phosphors answer, only this and nothing more, 

Just, "Abort, Retry, Ignore?"

... 

END QUOTE

http://w2.eff.org/Net_culture/Folklore/Humor/abort_retry_ignore.poem

Asklepios
Asklepios

Slow news day. Just disable it if it's too much of a challenge. 

AdalbertoCervantesRodriguez
AdalbertoCervantesRodriguez

Los modelos macroecnómicos y microeconómicos mexicanos del TLC han sido repetidos en otras partes del mundo dejando millones en la pobresa extrema. Mexican Macroeconomic and microeconomic models of NAFTA have been repeated in other parts of the world leaving millions in extreme poverty. http://www.proceso.com.mx/?p=351991