A week of Ctrl-Alt-Del posts on Raymond Chen's blog The Old New Thing
begins with a simple blog post: Who wrote the text for the Ctrl+Alt+Del dialog in Windows 3.1?
. What followed was a mixture of confused tech journalism and Chen's patient Windows archaeology. [more inside]
David Bradley is an engineer
, one of the 12 strategists who worked around the clock to hammer out a plan for hardware, software, manufacturing setup and sales strategy
for the first IBM PC from 1980-1981. At that time, Bradley and others were tired of wasting time rebooting the system without powering it down. So, one day he had something like "write keyboard shortcut to reboot system" on list of things to do, and Control-Alt-Delete was created
. Years later, he said "I may have invented it, but I think Bill made it famous
." (YouTube) [more inside]
No more CTRL+ALT+DEL+
. Tim Buckley is rebooting his Web-Comic. Interesting explanation of why in his blog post
(scroll down to the Post titles Endings.