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The computer and the Auto


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 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.........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 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 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.

PS  - I 'd like to add that when all else fails, you could call 'customer service ' in some foreign country and be instructed in  some foreign language how to fix your car  yourself !!

PS  No one over the age of 65 could drive more than one mile before having to have a grandchild come and restart the car.

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





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