Ctrl+Alt+Delete inventer jab at Gates

Discussion in 'Community' started by Kid Red, Jan 29, 2004.

  1. macrumors 65816

    Dec 14, 2001
    Quote of the day :)

  2. macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    Sacramento, CA, USA
  3. macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    Sacramento, CA, USA
  4. macrumors 68040


    Dec 29, 2001
  5. macrumors 65816


    Mar 27, 2003
    But it still seemed to get him kind of pissed.:D
  6. macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2002
    at the edge
    That's a great jab at Bill. It's hilarious. Too bad Gates has no sense of humor himself, or he'd laugh too. Surely he knows how undeniably true it is.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2002
    Isn't it amazing that most everyone knows what Ctrl-Alt-Del does? This means that most people deal with their PC freezing often. You'd think folks would get a hint and say: "Hmm, I wonder if computers HAVE to be this unreliable? I hear Macs don't crash much... I wonder...";)
  8. macrumors 6502


    Jan 4, 2004
    South Eastern MA
    I have a Mac and I just learned what Ctrl-Alt-Del does a minute ago from this thread. I've missed out on so much. At least I have command-option-esc.
  9. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    Whakatane, New Zealand
    I just pushed Ctrl-Alt-Del to see what happens, and it made my mouse pointer disappear. Moving the mouse brought it straight back again.
  10. macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2003
    Tampa FL
    Macs have just as many, if not more, arcane key combinations that go back to the first macs. Jobs wanted to have a keyboard shortcut for every menu option, as well as ways to reset and break code.
  11. macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2001
    1 Block away from NYC.
    haha, congrads man.

    you helped windows users for billions of years to come to help them unlock their frozen system...

    Now where is the creator of the Blue Screen of Death when you need him?

  12. macrumors regular

    Apr 11, 2003
    i work for an educational software company, so we support both mac and windows users. i get plenty of totally computer-illiterate people calling in with ALL kinds of problems. you hear stuff like, "i double-clicked it and nothing happened, but when it started i couldn't get into it." no kidding. i had one lady tell me the other day she was on a dell. i asked which os she was using, and she said os 9. another lady was using windows 97. (no slam against teachers, it's just funny to me...)

    anyway, what's so crazy is *everybody* from the windows camp knows ctrl+alt+del. you hear "the computer froze so i pressed ctrl+alt+del," like it's just automatic. but if a mac user gets a freeze, they never know cmd+opt+esc. probably because their machines freeze so rarely, they have never had to use it!
  13. Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    It's pretty simple. Ctrl+Alt+Del worked on practically everything from dead applications to restarting the system. Of course, if the keyboard isn't working, you're in trouble.

    I remember trying to do the reset on my Wallstreet PowerBook. It felt like I was playing Twister. :D
  14. macrumors 68040

    Powerbook G5

    Jun 23, 2003
    St Augustine, FL
    The best is when you are in DOS and it says "Keyboard not detected. Press any key to continue." Oh, how I miss my PC days...oh, so much.

    I can't remember the last time I ever had to press command+option+escape, but yet, I remember ctrl+alt+del so much that I could do it with my eyes closed on any keyboard and know exactly where each of those keys were.
  15. Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I think it was nothing less than a stroke of genius to lift ctrl-alt-delete from crash control to logging in (in NT or Win 2k). Right up there with clicking "Start" to power down.

    I remember there was another great Microsoft jibe when computer chronicles on PBS, or whatever it was called, had a gameshow with celebrity contestants (including Gates).

    There was a question on the name of an annual contest based on the Rube Goldberg concept to write the longest, most elaborate code, to accomplish a simple task through unnecessary steps. The guy who was up didn't know, so he said "Microsoft Windows." Everyone but Gates found it rather funny.... :D

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