It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Bill Gates said during a recent interview with CNN that one regret he has when looking back on his life and career, is in making the interrupt function on Windows PCs trigger at Ctrl, Alt, Delete. Although a classic maneuver every Windows user knows, he believes it was overly complicated and if he could have a do-over, he would make it a single key press. When you are the world’s richest man, one of the most respected philanthropists, and have a place on the Mount Rushmore of modern computing, it has to be hard to find anything to regret. Gates doesn’t have many, saying during his chat at the Bloomberg Business Forum that he thinks to change even the smallest of details of one’s past would have a serious butterfly effect with everything else. But he would change that two-handed interrupt command.
The designer of the original IBM PC, David Bradley, created the Ctrl-Alt-Esc key combination in 1980. This combination was too easily accomplished with one hand, which could cause users to reboot the computer unintentionally. Therefore, Bradley chose a combination of three keys that would be impossible to press simultaneously with one hand
Unlike PCs, however, OSX doesn't use the typical Ctrl-Alt-Delete key combination to Force Quit frozen programs. If an application hangs up on you on your new Mac, just follow these simple steps: 1. Press Command-Option-Esc on the keyboard to open the Force Quit Applications window.
originally posted by: network dude
Funny story, my son, who is now 22, used to fix the computer in his daycare when he was 2. (Daddy was a computer guy) He pressed "certal, alt, delete" in his words. If he could handle it at 2, I think Billy's fears may be a bit off.
originally posted by: Aldakoopa
originally posted by: JoJoo
Ctrl+Shift+Esc, one hand
I can one-handed ctrl, alt, del no problem. I have large hands though.
originally posted by: LogicalGraphitti
Ctrl-alt-del originated in DOS and caused it to reboot. That was back when a reboot took seconds instead of minutes. Windows came along much later and now, the combination really is useless. In Windows, we'd be better off with a single key to bring up task manager.
1. Open up a Windows Explorer window and navigate to the WindowsSystem32 folder.
2. Scroll to taskmgr.exe, right-click on the file and select “Create shortcut”. Accept the option to create it on the desktop.
3. Find the new shortcut on the desktop, right-click on it and select “Properties” On the Shortcut tab, click on the “Shortcut key” box and then press the single key that you want to assign as the shortcut. I chose F6 while testing this for you. Click on “Apply” and you’re in business.