If Micosoft made Cars.

From: Allen Roy (allenroy@peoplepc.com)
Date: Thu Aug 23 2001 - 14:15:26 EDT

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    To all, I'll be gone for about 10 days. Just though I'd leave on a lighter
    note: :)


    For those of you who have had experience with computers and their glitches
    and idiosyncrasies, and downright illogical workings, you'll appreciate the

    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
    the 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

    If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars
    with the following characteristics:

    l. 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 over 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 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. Only one person at a time could use the car unless you bought "CarNT,"
    but then you would have to buy more seats.

    6. 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.

    7. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be
    replaced by a single "General Protection Fault" warning light.

    8. New seats would force everyone to have the same sized butt.

    9. The airbag system would ask "are you sure" before deploying.

    10. 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.

    11. GM would require all car buyers to also purchase a deluxe set of Rand
    McNally road maps (now a GM subsidiary), even though they neither need nor
    want them. Attempting to delete this option would immediately cause the
    car's performance to diminish by 50% or more. Moreover, GM would become a
    target for investigation by the Justice Dept.

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

    13. You'd have to press the "Start" button to turn the engine off..

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