The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

28 January 2004

A three-finger salute

David Bradley, the IBM tech who devised the Ctrl-Alt-Delete key combination for freeing up a frozen PC, is retiring after twenty-eight years with Big Blue.

He is modest about his accomplishment: "I may have invented it, but Bill [Gates] made it famous."

[Pause while Macintosh owners snicker.]

(Muchas gracias: Eugene Volokh.)

Posted at 6:53 PM to PEBKAC


My favorite saying is, "Intel giveth. Microsoft taketh away."

Posted by: Ralph Gizzip at 7:45 PM on 28 January 2004

And chargeth out yon wazoo whilst so doing; last PC I had built, the single most expensive component was a copy of W98SE.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:11 PM on 28 January 2004

You may have noticed that Windows XP pretty much ruins the whole functionality of ctrl+alt+del. It does not stop processes running like the old, useful Windows version. It just opens up as if it is another program itself. Pretty much useless, actually.

Posted by: dowingba at 11:15 PM on 28 January 2004

Which may be one reason I still run W98SE on my desktop. :)

Posted by: CGHill at 6:27 AM on 29 January 2004