The Control-Alt-Delete Clause

The Control-Alt-Delete Clause

I’m a bit of a tech junkie.  I bought the iPhone as soon as it came out, I bought the iPad when it came out, and I’ll buy whatever else is coming out next week as soon as it comes out – I can’t help it.

So when I bought the latest greatest keyboard for my office, I was admiring it closely. That’s when I noticed the good old ESC key in the upper left. It then struck me that we’re very, very used to keys on a computer keyboard that never existed on typewriters just 20 or 30 years ago.

After closer examination, the classic CTRL+ALT+DEL came to mind and the above cartoon wasn’t far behind.  It’s pretty nerdy, but when my mom even understood it, I thought it was OK.


Mark Anderson Mark Anderson's cartoons appear in publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. His business cartoons are available for licensing at his website,

4 Reactions
  1. Martin Lindeskog


    Funny cartoon! iPhone Control-Alt-Delete function is the power button and the “home” (square symbol) pushed at the same time. Or is it the camera snapshot photo feature?! 😉

  2. Great cartoon, Mark.

    Escape! (I love that button!)

    The Franchise King

  3. I feel this way a lot. Where’s the button to start over! Of course you lose data, but hey Edison looked at it as erasing all his mistakes when his lab went up in smoke… Thanks Mark!