Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by yorkshiregoth, 31 Jan 2008.

  1. yorkshiregoth

    yorkshiregoth Master of all he surveys

    An old and most likely urban myth but enjoy:

    Only those who have brief moments of angst with their PC will Enjoy the

    Bill Gates and GM

    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 go 1,000 miles to the gallon". This is probably completely false but makes for a good lead-up.
    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 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 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 outand
    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.
  2. Pete

    Pete Guest

    * correct
    ** correct.
    But nevertheless, :sad::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:.
    I was reminded strongly of this, when I had my first unencouraging sight of Vista the other day....
  3. Blue

    Blue Legendary Member

    It's one of those myths that should be true.

    Enjoyed reading it. :sad:
  4. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    it would actually go on all the roads, but most people would assume you have to be a graphic designer to drive one. and the ill informed would reckon that their windows car was better because it had more cup holders.
  5. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Birmingham, UK
    I haven't seen this for years. It's very funny though. I especially like the idea of having to close all the windows - that's the cleverest part of the analogy. :sad:
  6. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Yeah but Macs look nice though, even though there is nothing under the bonnet.
  7. OP

    yorkshiregoth Master of all he surveys

    How dare you!! Go wash your mouth out with soap & water this instance;);)
  8. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    nearly got the yellow card out for that ;)
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