Ctrl+Alt+Delete. It's the one key combination that practically everyone, including your tech-challenged family members, knows as the go-to for getting out of sticky situations with an unresponsive PC.
But how did that specific combinations come to be?
The story starts with an IBM engineer in 1980, on a quest to solve the problem of how to quickly reset the IBM PC he was working on without having to go through a lengthy system reset.
YouTube channel "Great Big Story" has a great video that covers the whole story with the engineer that created the iconic key combination, Dr. Dave Bradley, and you can get the full scoop above.
I met Dr. Bradley after he gave a talk and I also got an old school keyboard signed by him.
I had him as a professor a few times in college. I enjoyed his teaching style.
Control-Alt-Del ended immediate problems and then had you hoping the system was not hashed when you brought it back up once PCs were no longer just hobbyist toys. I spent a lot of time recovering from morons who used it as a Reset without worrying about the consequences. And, I believe Gates is on record as saying it was one of the biggest mistakes they ever let out the door, too.
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