The Man Who Saved Microsoft is Retiring

By Deane Barker on January 29, 2004

Meet the inventor of ‘CtrlAltDelete: Admit it: there’s no one who has had a bigger effect on your computing life than this guy.

David Bradley spent five minutes writing the computer code that has bailed out the world’s PC users for decades.

The result was one of the most well-known key combinations around: CtrlAltDelete. It forces obstinate computers to restart when they will no longer follow other commands.