Cars vs Computers

  J B 16:54 10 Jan 2007

I know this might be out of the ordinary but I found this quite amusing and would like to share it with you.

Cars v Computers!

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

(and I just love this part):

1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a 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 this.

4. Occasionally, executing a manoeuvre 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 antenna.

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

  lisa02 17:18 10 Jan 2007

I remember reading that at school!

Around 1995/96!

  J B 17:44 10 Jan 2007

Hmmmmmm I thought I was getting old, this confirms it. J.B.

  lisa02 18:04 10 Jan 2007

I wasn't saying you're old I was saying that the article was. Still funny though.

  J B 18:14 10 Jan 2007

Thats OK, just growing more gray hair and to top it off a different ache every day LoL. J.B.

  Mr Mistoffelees 19:41 10 Jan 2007

Rides again :-)

  oresome 20:04 10 Jan 2007

Many of us have cars as described above.

Take them to the garage and the technician plugs in one of Bill Gates computers which declares that the car is perfectly OK.

I suppose the computer bases the judgement on it's own experience of life and the cars behaviour is deemed normal.

As an aside, friends hired a car whilst abroad and had to return to the rental office red faced and ask the receptionist how to start it.

Meanwhile, the kids who were sat in the back got impatient waiting and fathomed out how to do it by the time they returned.

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