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Sep 26 2013   12:57PM GMT

Ctrl-Alt-Delete “Not my fault, guv” says Bill Gates

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick

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How many different ways have your contorted your fingers over the years, to find the best way to hit Ctrl-Alt-Delete – that perfect encapsulation of how to make computers much harder to use than they need to be.

Well if you’ve cursed Microsoft founder Bill Gates for forcing you to over-stretch your phalanges, start apologising. For Gates says it’s not his fault. He told fundraisers at Harvard that it’s all down to IBM.

“It was a mistake,” Gates said. “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.”

Apparently the real culprit was an IBM PC engineer called David Bradley, who admits that he created Ctrl-Alt-Del, but insists it was Gates who “made it famous.”

Watch Bradley attempt to defend himself from the finger-weary here:

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