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Ctrl-Alt-Del Inventor To Retire From IBM

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the resetting-into-his-dotage dept.

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wherley writes "AP reports that IBM'er David Bradley, who came up with the (in)famous Ctrl-Alt-Delete key combination, is retiring. The article mentions: 'At a 20-year celebration for the IBM PC, Bradley was on a panel with Microsoft founder Bill Gates and other tech icons. The discussion turned to the keys. 'I may have invented it, but Bill made it famous,' Bradley said. Gates didn't laugh. The key combination also is used when software, such as Microsoft's Windows operating system, fails'." We featured a story on Bradley a few months back.

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since this is the lamest story ever (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121248)

I'd like to remind you Linux guys that QNX owns your ass [qnx.com] .

Re:since this is the lamest story ever (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121335)

Oh my god! I really expected a QNX study to show that their product was crap.

I'll take the time to remind you BSD loving idiot that Linux owns your ass. Ha ha.

Bill may not laugh, (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121249)

but I am. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.

Sorry, go ahead.

Re:Bill may not laugh, (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121352)

Yep me too. Bill is a stuck up pissant arrogent immature egocentric nerdlinger.

I would have loved to see the look on his face.

lets all grow up (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121252)

and use solaris. UNIX the way it was meant to be.

Re:lets all grow up (0, Redundant)

dbrower (114953) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121287)

you mean the system where you need to remember L1-A and then type "boot" to kick it? After ctl-alt-del had already been around for a few years?

-dB

First! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121256)

Now THAT's funny!

Why only that combination? (0, Troll)

Pranjal (624521) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121257)

The question is what was special about that combination. He could have used CTRL+SHIFT+DEL, CTRL+BREAK...why only that?

Re:Why only that combination? (5, Informative)

Pranjal (624521) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121285)

I RTFA and here is why he chose that...He chose those keys specifically as it's not a key sequence that can be struck by accident. This straight from the previous slashdot article.

Re:Why only that combination? (1, Funny)

sudohnim (248093) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121420)

He chose those keys specifically as it's not a key sequence that can be struck by accident.

Its even harder to type on a Sun Type 6 keyboard with only one hand.

(Why? Think SunPCi.)

Re:Why only that combination? (3, Informative)

SweetAndSourJesus (555410) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121288)

For one thing, it's damned near impossible to hit those three keys simultaneously on accident. Other than that, there's nothing special about the combination.

On the Mac, the sequence is Command-Option-Escape.

Re:Why only that combination? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121378)

But somehow "Force Quit or Cancel" isn't quite as fun as the Task Manager, "Quit anything you want from programs to processes, see what the proc is up to, put babies on spikes...".

Re:Why only that combination? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121385)

It took me exactly 10 tries to non-accidentally get a succesful CTRL-ALT-DEL just now, by smacking the keyboard with an open palm. I tried to emulate the shape of a hand that would be snatching at something you wouldn't want to spill/drop, that being an open hand, fingers outstretched, with the ball of the hand being the first part of the body to touch the dropped object. This allows the fingers and thumb to wrap around the falling object immediately upon contact, especially if there is a strong tendancy of motion TOWARDS the falling object. With my hand held thusly, the ball of my hand was able to perfectly impact the CTRL key as my thumb and forefinger crash into the ALt and Delete keys.

And on attempt 10, the W2K Ctrl-Alt-Del menu appeared.

Re:Why only that combination? (5, Funny)

!3ren (686818) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121437)

You would think it would be difficult to hit accientally, but my cat appears to be the exact length for just that on my keyboard... _and_ she likes to walk towards the numpad afterwards, hitting enter.
I think she has noticed how my head turns red and I leap around now. Stimuli->Response!

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Re:Why only that combination? (1, Informative)

sycotic (26352) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121291)

I am glad you asked, I was just thinking about that too! Here is an excert from an interview not so long ago:

"Bradley chose the control and alt keys because he needed two shift keys to make the operation work, and he chose the delete key because it was on the opposite side of the keyboard. He didn't want people to hit control-alt-delete by accident."

link [gannettonline.com] the article mentioned on slashdot earlier [slashdot.org]

Re:Why only that combination? (1)

siliconbunny (632740) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121300)

From what I recall (but can't substantiate by a link now) those keys were originally a good way apart on the keyboard, so they couldn't be hit accidentally.

Then, I believe, users clamoured for more convenience, so keyboard manufacturers started duplicating the ctrl and alt keys (and/or moved the del key) so that the salute could be performed one-handed.

Just think how much more time would be wasted if you had to perform a two-handed salute each time windows crashed... It certainly would add up (and I know I'm opening myself up regarding what constitutes a two-handed salute, but hey :-)

Re:Why only that combination? (4, Interesting)

kasperd (592156) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121416)

Then, I believe, users clamoured for more convenience, so keyboard manufacturers started duplicating the ctrl and alt keys (and/or moved the del key) so that the salute could be performed one-handed.

Actually some keyboards have gone a bit too far along that road. I have seen a keyboard, where you could do CTRL+ALT+DEL with just a single keypress. Yup, they really added an extra key to do just that. Some people must have used CTRL+ALT+DEL too much.

Re:Why only that combination? (2, Insightful)

a.koepke (688359) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121387)

CTRL+SHIFT+DEL I can easily put my finger between the CTRL and Shift Key, pressing down both at the same time. Now say I accidently do that when using CTRL-DEL to do a Cut operation. Ooops I just reset my computer.

If it weren't for this guy (5, Funny)

Idou (572394) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121258)

I would be staring at blue screen all day at work.

Thanks . . . I think . . .

if only it always worked (1)

dbrower (114953) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121261)

don't you hate it when it's so wedged that even that doesn't work, and you need to pull the plug? -dB

Re:if only it always worked (2, Insightful)

tankdilla (652987) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121369)

I hate computers that don't have a reset button and pressing the power button doesn't always turn the computer off. So that when it's really stuck like that, and ctrl-alt-del doesn't work, you gotta pull the plug. I'd get really mad, it almost became personal, as if the computer was saying "You can't restart until I'm good and ready." Thank goodness for the reset button, for saving the effort of reaching behind the computer.

Re:if only it always worked (2, Insightful)

Micro$will (592938) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121412)

What's even better is a misbehaving laptop; pull the plug, then flip it over and yank the battery.

Re:if only it always worked (3, Informative)

Drakonite (523948) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121445)

I hope you realize that for most home computers that only have a power button, holding the power button down for 5-10 secs is the equivalent to hitting a reset button.

It's possible for this to have been disabled in the BIOS, however the only PCs I've ever seen with no support for this at all are some old low spec Compaqs.

Ownership... (5, Funny)

telstar (236404) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121263)

Don't worry ... even if Bradley invented it, and Gates made it famous ... someone will be granted a patent for it a few years from now.

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You suck! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121364)

And I humped your mom.

169% O\X/NED! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121329)

Someone needs to update the definition of "owned" on UrbanDictionary.com to include this. While we're at it, don't forget PWNED.

Re:Ownership... (0)

eyeknowkungfu (687992) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121367)

I don't get it? I know it is funny for some of you, but for the rest of us you know the ones that don't rtfm.... please give us some reference.

Re:Ownership... (0)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121395)

I am sure he has violated SCO's IP by using a keyboard, the CTRL key, the ALT key and the DEL key, as well as by using these keys in a sequence.

Salute! (4, Insightful)

Bombcar (16057) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121266)

Creator of the Three-Finger-Salute, we salute thee!

(Anyone else get bit by the Linux will reboot with CRTL-ALT-DEL, but Win NT 4-XP will ask for Logon? I've rebooted machines on KVM switches by accident many a time, especially if I can't remap the salute like I usually do!)

Re:Salute! (1)

tankdilla (652987) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121324)

Didn't Bill Gates purposely make the logon for Win NT use ctrl-alt-del as a sort of joke, as a way of saying to the computer world, "i know this is used all the time to reboot, but now windows is so good, it will handle ctrl-alt-del the way i want it to", or something to that effect? I heard this from someone but not sure if it's true or not.

Re:Salute! (1)

Mmmrky (607987) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121345)

I think it's because ctrl-alt-del creates an interrupt request. It goes straight to the OS and can't be intercepted by random software.

Safer login--you know you are logging into the real deal and not some fake password box.

Re:Salute! (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121366)

Any key generates an interrupt request -- MS chose Ctrl+Alt+Delete because it was/is considered "special" by PC users.

Re:Salute! (1)

cscx (541332) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121371)

Uhh, the entire keyboard fires teh same interrupt, if I remember correctly.... int 09h I believe.

Re:Salute! (4, Informative)

prockcore (543967) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121343)

(Anyone else get bit by the Linux will reboot with CRTL-ALT-DEL, but Win NT 4-XP will ask for Logon? I've rebooted machines on KVM switches by accident many a time, especially if I can't remap the salute like I usually do!)

You mentioned remapping the salute, but it was vague on which OS you meant, so I thought I'd just clarify.

You can change the program that is run when you press CTL-ALT-DEL on Linux by editing /etc/inittab

Re:Salute! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121392)

The question is why Linux Distros still ship with this set to restart the computer. DOS is Dead!

Re:Anyone else get bit by the Linux will reboot... (1)

helzerr (232770) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121354)

Take some time to read the inittab (5) man page and you'll learn that you can specify exactly what a Linux system does when it receives a CTRL-ALD-DEL.

restart? (1)

spearway (169040) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121268)

There is an intersting concept here why do we need to restart a computer. Why not devise devices that just work when solicited.

Re:restart? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121337)

> There is an intersting concept here why do we need to restart a computer. Why not devise devices that just work when solicited.

Because complex devices like reprogrammable computers, being designed and built by humans, will have errors. Said errors may be sufficient to really wedge up the machine where only a reset/restart will undo the error.

If all you're asking for is an abacus, then I'm sure you can be satisfied. Modern computers are just *slightly* more complex, and would be unaffordable if built to 'just work' all the time like a knife and fork.

In other news.... (-1, Offtopic)

Phoenixhunter (588958) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121269)

Slashdot isn't posting the article that the WoW Beta signups started tonight in fear that it will further drag the servers down ;)

*jealous* (5, Funny)

SinaSa (709393) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121270)

This is the only guy on the planet who can pick up girls in an internet cafe. Just walk in, smooth tone, slow walk.

"You know I invented CTRL ALT DEL?"

Re:*jealous* (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121308)

Especially if he tells them: "I used this combination because it is easy to do with one hand. I can even do it in the dark."

my story with slash-dot (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121315)

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Re:my story with slash-dot (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121361)

Well fucking done. On topic, positively fabulous.

Why the sudden surge of anti-slash folks tho?

Re:my story with slash-dot (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121438)

anti-slash folk; we're only talking about one or two guys and a bunch of proxies and a LOT of time to write up crap.

I guess it's for those who don't *quite* want to dumb down to the GNAA level...

Re:*jealous* (4, Funny)

gad_zuki! (70830) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121323)

>"You know I invented CTRL ALT DEL?"

You just know that when he does try that line the girl will either be a mac user or still be running Win98 and the inevitable explanation will be even dorkier. Best to stick with, "I'm highly paid in the tech sector." Avoid saying 'programmer,' wear clean pants, and shower!

Re:*jealous* (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121340)

That would be just as smooth as a friend of mine who got a flower tattoo on his arm so he could go over to women and say "Hey baby, I brought you flowers" and then flex.

Thank you David...... (2, Funny)

vwjeff (709903) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121272)

I three finger salute you for your influence on my day to day computing.

... then hit Ctrl-Alt-Backspace to restart X. (5, Interesting)

lunar_legacy (715938) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121278)

And who is the inventor of Ctrl-Alt-Backspace?

Re:... then hit Ctrl-Alt-Backspace to restart X. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121318)

Wild guess: some gay linuks-"developer"?

screw that - give me Mac OS X (5, Funny)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121360)

Command-Control-Power. Now that's a three-finger salute! The force reboot is where the manliness of the Mac really shines through -- all three keys signify dominance. Linux and windows users have to use the hippy-dippy "alt" key, as in alt.sex and alt.drugs, combined with the "delete" or "backspace" key to signify a total lack of confidence in their own decisions. You wussies don't even have a command key!!!

Re:screw that - give me Mac OS X (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121406)

That's not the only embarrassment for Linux. It's the only operating system where "man tail" is an actual command.

Re:screw that - give me Mac OS X (2, Informative)

manly_15 (447559) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121447)

Macs have another great keyboard combo: Command-Option-Escape! On old-school macs it would generally not help, but on OS X it's the friendliest GUI to kill -9 I have ever seen.

That also reminds me, on OS 9, you could press command-power, and escape to a prompt. The only command I know of was 'go', which would take you to the Finder. Great on the older installs of At Ease :)

Does CMD-Power work on OS X? Here goes....

Re:screw that - give me Mac OS X (3, Funny)

Justin205 (662116) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121448)

You wussies don't even have a command key!!!

As a OSX lover, I should laugh...
As a Linux lover, I should be slightly ticked off...
As a Windows disliker, I should roll on the floor while laughing...

So I'll settle for a cross stare, while I laugh (2x) and roll on the floor.

Now (5, Funny)

Popageorgio (723756) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121279)

So Bill, in a clever move, made us push this combination when we log into Windows, conditioning us to expect good things.

Wait, when we push it, it puts me in Windows...so I'm still associating bad things here.

to be pendantic... (2, Informative)

eidechse (472174) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121365)

...that sequence was chosen for security. From http://www.xfocus.net/articles/200103/winnt.pdf :

"After the SAS [Security Attention Sequence] is triggered in Windows NT, all user-mode programs stop. No program can trap the SAS sequence; it is the sole property of the security subsystem. If a user presses Ctrl+Alt+Del, he can be assured that his information is secure."

It's also used (1, Redundant)

ObviousGuy (578567) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121280)

To log in to Windows NT.

Re:It's also used (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121370)

Ach, Windows Never Tested!?!?

The tested versions don't work too well either, but those ones based on that there never tested technology seem to work quite well, after all that paid for corporate beta testing of course.

Yeah Yeah Yeah (3, Funny)

smu johnson (309071) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121286)

Yeah... I lost my job cause we were trained to use CTRL-ALT-DELETE to get into some S$S+3M hacking tools for NT but tried it on Linux for a web server computer and not only lost the company a lot of money, but my job as well... :(

Re:Yeah Yeah Yeah (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121372)

Ha ha. Good I'm glad they fired you. Idiots like you are the reason India is getting all your IT jobs. PS. I'm not American.

Credit (4, Funny)

decipher_saint (72686) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121290)

He should also be credited with solving thousands of Windows support calls...

"Well, I just don't know... Have you tried rebooting?"

Just Imagine (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121293)

Just imagine if he had patented that keystroke combination. He would probably be living very well off the royalties.

invented the three finger salute? (0, Offtopic)

jnana (519059) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121309)

Holy shit, this guy invented the shocker [urbandictionary.com] ?! Somehow, I thought the guy who invented that would have been younger!

Ctrl-Alt-Del Movie (5, Informative)

Rufus211 (221883) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121311)

I don't remember where I got it from, but I have an ASF of the movie. Decided to throw it up on my CMU webspace so lets see if we can /. andrew =)

CtrlAltDel.asf [cmu.edu]

Oh, the movie doesn't start 15 seconds for some reason. Wasn't me.

HAHAHAH (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121312)

Of all people, he bluntly told Gates that he made CTRL ALT DEL Famous?!?!?!
HAHAHAHAHAHAH, MWAHAHAHAHHA LOLOLOLOGASM!!!

Re:I may have invented it, but Bill made it famous (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121313)

'I may have invented it, but Bill made it famous,' Bradley said.

Note that Bradley claimed to be referring to the NT logon procedure. Full quote is from this video. [techtv.com]

Open Apple, Control, Reset (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121331)

How is this invention any different from Open Apple, Control, Reset, that was the reset combination on the Apple II, which had to be around before 1980-1981 (when he said he invented Ctl-Alt-Del)?

Re:Open Apple, Control, Reset (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121376)

In 1981, Apple had no "Apple" keys -- they had a big Reset button right above the Return key, where it was easy to hit by accident.

Ctrl+Apple+Reset was inspired by the PC and added few years later.

Why that order? (4, Funny)

midshipman_geek (741181) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121334)

Why not Alt-Ctrl-Delete or Delete-Alt-Control?

Not that we can change it now...

Take a look at your keboard... (2, Informative)

helzerr (232770) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121375)

From left to right, what order do you see the keys in?

I don't have a standard keyboard... (1)

raehl (609729) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121440)

You insensitive clod!

http://www.keyalt.com/keyboards/datahand.htm

another salute (-1, Troll)

ilikeitraw (706793) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121339)

"The discussion turned to the keys. 'I may have invented it, but Bill made it famous,' Bradley said. Gates didn't laugh." Gates deserves the one finger salute... and if he ever goes to jail, I hope he gets the entire fist salute !

My question is... (1)

andy55 (743992) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121349)

Ok, so this guy "invented" it, but anyone know any mroe history on it? I mean, is there a story beind? Why those keys? Was there a precursor? (no punn intended).

Andy

State of computing (4, Insightful)

Lord_Dweomer (648696) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121353)

"Bradley was on a panel with Microsoft founder Bill Gates and other tech icons. The discussion turned to the keys. 'I may have invented it, but Bill made it famous,' Bradley said. Gates didn't laugh."

And thus sums up the state of computing today.

Does this mean... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121355)

... that he's getting the old Alt-F4?

NT used it for logging on. (4, Interesting)

Rolman (120909) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121358)

I remember Dave Cutler (the man in charge of WindowsNT, also the main VMS developer for DEC), when asked on why did MS use the CTRL-ALT-DEL keyboard combination to log on an NT machine, he said something like: "this combination is sure to be never used by any application". This was taking advantage of the tradition of using it to reboot the computer as everything in the DOS era was running in real mode, so nobody would use it for an application and the NT architecture enabled for the system to intercept it and use it in a supposedly better way. It was thought to be a neat idea.

Still, I think it was not really clever to teach the end-users such an important keyboard combination. I also remember some users back then thinking it would work the same in 95 as in NT, since both systems' GUI looked so similar.

XP's killed the glory... (3, Insightful)

Rallion (711805) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121359)

On your typical XP install the salute just brigs up the task manager. Nothing more, nothing less. Doesn't even halt (or even take precedence over, as far as I can tell) other processes.

I take issue with that, really. I need something a bit more forceful when the program I write does NOT do what it's supposed to.

Re:XP's killed the glory... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121391)

16 bit windows did the same, it brought up a task list that wasnt always on top.. so xp is just going back to the win3.x style

Re:XP's killed the glory... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121397)

I take issue with you being a fucking retard. [microsoft.com] Just turn off the welcome screen... it is ghey anyway

Three keys (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121381)

PrtScn SysRQ
ScrLk
Pause Break

Anyone can tell me what these do???

The stuff legends are made of! (3, Funny)

Tokerat (150341) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121401)


"I may have invented it, but Bill made it famous," Bradley said. Gates didn't laugh.
Wow, my hero!

Ctrl+Alt+Del and keyboard weathering (1)

armando_wall (714879) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121405)

Back when I used Windos 95 and 98, I used "Ctrl" "Alt" and "Del" so often that my fingers rubbed them off.

Thanks, Bradley, for your contribution to ruining my keyboard!

Using a different OS nowadays, strangely enough the affected keys are now "W", "S", "L", "A", "H", "D", "O", "T", "R" and "G". The "." is already gone!!

Thanks, UPTSO, McBride, RFID tags, Eugenia, Mars, Goatse and RIAA!

Three hands, three middle fingers. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8121414)

Now, if only I had a third hand, I would give windows the three finger salute it deserves sometimes..

The Origin (2, Funny)

aynrandfan (687181) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121432)

I suppose "control-alt-delete" was chosen as "work-you-fucking-program!" took to long to type in.

Only in Windows... (5, Funny)

mark-t (151149) | more than 10 years ago | (#8121444)

The OS where you press Ctrl-Alt-Del to log in, and use the "Start Menu" to shut down.
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