The One Key that Helped Drive the Computer Revolution – Thanks to IBM

“It’s the ‘Hey, you! Listen to me’ key…it says to the computer: ‘Stop what you’re doing. I need to take control.’ ” It’s the Escape key, the one that reminds the computer of its human master AND the one that’s probably saved you more than once.

And it was invented by an IBMer. The story of how it came to be, in this piece by Pagan Kennedy in the NY Times.

IBM pioneer Bob Bemer

IBM computer pioneer Bob Bemer in an undated family photo (courtesy AP)


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–Posted by Regan Kelly