Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 2:23 pm CT
CtrlAltDel Inventor Retires
Reported by: David Laprad
David Bradley spent five minutes writing the computer code that has bailed out PC users for decades. The result was one of the most well-known key combinations around: CtrlAltDelete. It forces stubborn computers to restart when they'll no longer follow other commands. Bradley - now 55 - is retiring Friday after more than 28 years with IBM. Bradley joined the company in 1975 as an engineer and was one of 12 people who worked to create the IBM PC in 1980. The engineers knew they had to design a simple way to restart the computer should it fail. Bradley wrote the code to make it work. He now works at IBM's facility in Research Triangle Park. Bradley - whose name was once mentioned as a clue in the final round of Jeopardy - will continue teaching at N.C. State University after retirement. Read more on Yahoo! News.