The Critical 'I'

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Wednesday, January 28, 2004

The next time your computer freezes or otherwise conks out on you, and you're cursing Bill Gates to the hottest pits of Hell, take a moment and give thanks to one David Bradley, the late-retired IBM engineer who came up with the familiar Control-Alt-Delete keyboard combo that resuscitates crippled PCs.

I always assumed that Ctrl-Alt-Del actually was a Windows maneuver, not a hardware-based solution. I guess this means it'll work on a machine that's running Linux or any other OS? Good to know. Of course, on a Mac, you've got to think different.

As is usually the case, Bradley found out that people tend to resent you to the degree that they depend on you:

At a 20-year celebration for the IBM PC, Mr. 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," Mr. Bradley said.

Mr. Gates didn't laugh.