Bill Gates on Ctrl-Alt-Delete: Yeah, That Was a Mistake
Wishes he could Ctrl-Z that, make it a single button
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2013 1:56 PM CDT
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(Newser) – If you ever found yourself annoyed at having to press Control-Alt-Delete in order to log onto Windows on your computer, you've now been vindicated. In an interview for a fundraising campaign at Harvard, Bill Gates himself admitted the three-key requirement was a mistake, the Verge reports. Basically, it was implemented in order to keep any other applications from faking the login screen and then stealing your password, Gates explained, but "it was a mistake" to force users to press three keys at once, he said, to great applause. But the buck didn't exactly stop there: "We could have had a single button, but the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn't wanna give us our single button."

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Sep 26, 2013 7:23 PM CDT
That particular three button combo was so, for many reasons, it can NOT be a mistake when pressed... It makes sense, doesn't it?
Sep 26, 2013 5:36 PM CDT
Its only a problem for your grandparents. The three finger salute is a cornerstone of the entire Windows system. Apple even copied it for a while with alt-apple-esc and command-option-esc. The worst incorporated virus ever written into Windows is the BCOD, blue screen of death. Well, a Mac used to have that old thermometer sicky face. Worse than that was my first Dec Alpha that my boss paid like $6000 for along with the Hughes Earthstation terminal it ran through. One time it was locked on the log in screen and it would not advance. Turned out it was a server error and my system was just fine. But being a so-called expert, I went ahead and power cycled it. Holy crap on a cracker, having never done that, it put up a large stop sign and would go no further. A person at much higher pay grades had to log in from remote and reset something in the CMOS. Yes, an Alhpa would allow remote log in even at the cmos level.
Sep 26, 2013 5:17 PM CDT
Do that on a laptop & you'll lose memory.