Bill Gates Says That He's Really, Really Sorry About Ctrl-Alt-Delete

It was all IBM's fault, though...

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In the world of PC's, Ctrl+Alt+Del is a system reboot keyboard shortcut that, thanks to the awkward positioning of each key, isn't really much of shortcut at all, requiring you, the foolish user, to twist and contort your sorry little hands and ask the question: "Why, Bill? Why do you hate us?"

But, it turns out, Bill Gates doesn't actually hate you (well, he might), because the creation of Ctrl+Alt+Del is his biggest PC regret. The dropped ball that replays again and again in his giant, brilliant mind.

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Speaking on a panel at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York City last week, the scourge of malaria and the high priest of nerds said: "If I could make one small edit, I'd make that a single key."

Speaking to CBS later, Gates added: "It's a little tricky to tell people that these three strange keys do something special on your computer. Between us and IBM, that one wasn't as user-friendly as it should be. So we feel bad about that."

Cry, Bill. Cry for your sins

In fact, Gates blames IBM for the whole thing...

"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 at Harvard event back in 2013. "And so we had...we programmed at a low level that you had to...it was a mistake."

David Bradley was the man who actually came up with Crt + Alt + Del. He originally wanted the Esc key to be the third and final key to be pressed, but worried that it would be too easy for people to accidentally reboot their computer due to the short distance between the keys.

Thanks, David. Thanks a lot.