Michael Donald "Mike" Wise was born in Wiesbaden, Germany to Donald Wise, a Major in the Air Force stationed in Germany, and his wife Bonnie Jean Eacho. He was the third of 5 children born to the pair.
In 1975, Mike, the founder and president of Sphere Corporation, a computer company based in Bountiful, Utah, implemented the first usage of the Ctrl-Alt-Delete function as a way to clear Ram without powering down. This was used in the Sphere 1, which featured a Motorola 6800 CPU, onboard ROM, Monitor, 4 KB of RAM, and a keyboard with a numeric keypad. Sphere 1 was acknowledged as the first true Personal Computer by Byte (magazine) in its commemoration issues (every 5 years). What differentiated the Sphere I from prior microcomputers was that it included a keyboard, a numeric keypad, and a monitor.
Michael was aware that the constant powering off and on to clear RAM was hard on the circuits, so he devised a way to clear RAM (reboot) without powering the unit down. Michael selected three keys on his keyboard that were unlikely to be ever pressed by accident. He chose Control-Alt-Delete. While an engineer at IBM is often credited with the selection of these three keys, Michael Donald Wise is credited by the company A-Systems with having programmed them to reboot the Sphere 1 five years before the engineer even took a job at IBM.
Michael passed away in 2002 due to complications of diabetes and was cremated and buried next to his parents. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, mother Bonnie Jean, and sister Donna Jean. Succeeded in death by his father Don and brother, John. He is survived by his daughter, Valerie; sisters, Dede Burton and Bonnie "Sandy" Kilpatrick.
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