(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – The famous command line known as Crtl+Alt+Delete was actually a mistake, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates recently revealed in an interview, according to the BBC.
The prompt was originally designed to trigger a PC reboot and is still used to this day as a way to bring up the task manager in Windows systems.
However, Gates says the shortcut buttons were left up to IBM, with engineer David Bradley making the final call.
The original plans, however, were to use Crtl-Alt-Esc but Bradley found that it’d be too hard to hit the three keys with just one hand (we recommend trying it out yourself).
“We could have had a single button, but the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn’t want to give us our single button,” stated Gates in the interview at Harvard.