Computer vs. Cars

For all of us who feel only the deepest love and
affection for the way
computers have enhanced our lives, read on. At a
recent computer expo
(COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the
computer industry with the
auto industry and stated, “If GM had kept up with
technology like the
computer industry has, we would all be driving
$25.00 cars that got
1,000 miles to the gallon.”

In response to Bill’s comments, General Motors
issued a press release
stating: “If GM had developed technology like
Microsoft, we would all
be driving cars with the following characteristics:

1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash
every day.

2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road,
you would have to
buy a new car.

3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway
for no reason. You
would have to pull to the side of the road, close
all of the windows,
shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows
before you could
continue. For some reason you would simply accept

4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a
left turn would cause
your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in
which case you would
have to reinstall the engine.

5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by
the sun, was
reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to
drive – but would run
on only five percent of the roads.

6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator
warning lights would all
be replaced by a single “This Car Has Performed an
Illegal Operation”
warning light.

7. The airbag system would ask “Are you sure?”
before deploying.

8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car
would lock you out
and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously
lifted the door
handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio

9. Every time a new car was introduced car buyers
would have to learn
how to drive all over again because none of the
controls would operate
in the same manner as the old car.

10. You’d have to press the “Start” button to turn
the engine off.”

Please share this with your friends who love – but
sometimes hate – their computer!


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