Monday, May 25, 2009

Be Glad That Cars Are Not Like Computers

The following is a rather amusing bit of humor that has been circling the pipes and tubes of the Internet for a while now, but somehow found its way into my inbox yet again. Didn't matter. It's still pretty funny. (And I'm not attributing the quote that is supposedly said by Bill Gates to Bill Gates. I don't know if he really said that or if it was just a lead-in to the part that's funny. Full disclosure, that's all. Oh, and while I'm at it, I haven't seen this particular bit attributed to anyone as being the individual who first made these these ingenious observations. And I'm too tired to look right now, so again, just full disclosure there.)

At a recent computer exposition, Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated: "If General Motors 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, GM issued a press release stating: "If General Motors had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

  • For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a day.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

  • The airbag system would ask "Are you sure?" before deploying.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • And, for some inexplicable reason, you'd have to press the "Start" button to turn the engine off.

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1 comment:

grannyann said...

Now that is funny. I switched from a PC to a MacBook several years ago and love it.