Speaking at a fundraising campaign at Harvard University, however, Gates
blamed IBM engineer David Bradley for the so-called “three-fingered
salute”, claiming that he had favoured a single button.
“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,” he said.
Bradley originally designed Ctrl+Alt+Esc to trigger a reboot, but he found it
was too easy to bump the left side of the keyboard and reboot the computer
accidentally. He switched the key combination to Ctrl+Alt+Del – a
combination that was impossible to press with just one hand on the original
IBM PC keyboard.
One of the craziest things I ever saw was a programmer who designed a software program with a menu that you accessed by hitting Ctrl+Alt+F4+Del. Intuitive and risk-free!