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."
And chargeth out yon wazoo whilst so doing; last PC I had built, the single most expensive component was a copy of W98SE.
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.
Which may be one reason I still run W98SE on my desktop. :)