Bill Gates does not look pleased in the video…




  1. ® says:

    Bill not one to enjoy levity at his expense. Or anything at his expense.

  2. bobbo, just how much money does it take says:

    You know what they say people who can’t take a joke can do? Yep.

  3. Olo Baggins of Bywater says:

    So that guy speaking is David Bradley? Never heard of him, who is he?

  4. chuck says:

    Smithers, I want Wilford Brimley killed!

    But sir, that’s not…

    Just do it!

  5. msbpodcast says:

    Ctrl+Alt+Del is the most famous triptych in human history: the dreaded three-finger salute.

    I was consulting at Prudential in Newark NJ, back in 1996, on system integration when they had cobbled together a system which integrated OCR, scanning, Solaris boxes for backup and retrieval of scanned images of documents, tape “juke boxes” and the desktop portion was deployed over a few thousand PCs with 25″ CRTs.

    Unfortunately, the system was so delicate that we got to be experts at getting the users to wipe the disks clean, re-install the OS, re-install the software and restart their work.

    The software for the desktop was so flaky, we would have been happy to have, and use, a three finger salute.

    Unfortunately, networking was flaky, PCs were flaky, the apps were flaky and the entire system was composed crap written in C++ and VB tied together by bailing wire and held together with gobs of spit. (Literally, the users would spit at their screens when the ramshackle assemblage inevitably tipped over and descended into chaos.)

  6. Forces of Repression says:

    It is difficult for me to tell from the video if Bill Gates was actually pissed off but if he was, in fact pissed off, it would seem to prove fairly conclusively the man has never actually used a Microsoft operating system for more than a couple of hours.

  7. Dallas says:

    Ha! David Bradley was my magnetic fields professor! A little cocky but very smart.

  8. Jetfire says:

    #3 from Wikipedia

    “David Bradley was one of the twelve engineers who worked on the original IBM PC, developing the computer ROM BIOScode. He is credited by some for inventing the “Control-Alt-Delete” key combination that was used to reboot the computer.”

  9. sargasso_c says:

    “It is now safe to turn off your computer”

  10. Yankinwaoz says:

    Smithers… release the hounds.

  11. Olo Baggins of Bywater says:

    Jetfire thanks, but my point was that Gasparrini could have provided some details for context.

  12. JohnnyBGoodr says:

    Ye olde three-finger salute!

  13. Mr, Ed - the Imitation (accept no original) says:

    The three finger salute allows me to tell you and two friends what you can be doing instead.

  14. gus says:

    There was no (apparent) reason to turn the conversation like that and take a dig at Bill like that and Bill took it quietly like a gentleman. Here’s a nobody or someone who didn’t get what he think he deserved, in a forum where he’s got a chance to make a scene at anthers expense, and he does. Prob why we’ve never heard of him.

  15. CrankyGeeksFan says:

    #5 msbpodcast – About that time, something similar to the system that you described was being used by courthouses for the displaying of images – instead of microfilm .

    I don’t think Bill believes that it was made famous by the Windows NT login.

    All those key combinations were so manufacturer-specific. They always seemed arbitrary to me.

    There was a computer called a Sphere 1 that used CNTL-ALT-DEL before the IBM PC.

    Seated to Mr. Bradley’s right is Dan Bricklin, the “father” of the spreadsheet program, specifically VisiCalc.

  16. Grandpa says:

    Someone needs to hire this guy for Windows Phone 7 development…

  17. foobar says:

    Bill Gates has a lot of admirable qualities. Unfortunately, adept social skills aren’t in the mix.

  18. laxdude says:

    I never understood why you had to use it to get the log in screen. Why not just go straight into it? I had thought it was something that could not be replicated by code and had to come from a physical keyboard, and somehow that gave more security. Then I realized that was ridiculous and it was to get you to used it to it so you would also use it to log off/shut down.

    Still, even with Windows 95 you still had do just turn the power off, I think I maybe had my work box shut down properly to “It is now safe” less than 5% of the time.

  19. What? says:

    My first computer only needed two fingers on the keyboard to do a hard reset, and it was easy for me to touch those two keys accidently.

  20. JimD says:

    Bradley invented CTRL-ALT-DEL, but Bill Gates made it FAMOUS (OR INFAMOUS, DEPENDING ON YOUR VIEW OF THE PC !!!)

  21. pedro says:

    #20 That comment coming form a clip-deforming macfan (only way to get a floppy or cd out of that damned thing) is quite entertaining.

    System bomb anyone?

  22. gmknobl says:

    By saying “Bill made it famous” it didn’t go over well but what really did it for me was the “all this buggy code that would freeze up.” So, by then later saying he made it famous you can connect the dots and see the (unintended?) implication was that Windows was buggy.

  23. gmknobl says:

    Yes, I know that the buggy code he was referring to was not Windoze (but perhaps it was something Bill had helped with before Windows?) Eh. Anyway, the inference, deliberate or not didn’t go too well and the audience knew it.

    At least Bill didn’t storm off the stage.

  24. BubbaRay says:

    I remember when real computers had a reset button.

  25. WanKhairil says:

    I wish Gates would come back to the computer scene. The whole industry is a mess with Jobs now becoming the Big Guy.