A friend sent me this – I haven’t verified the origin of the quotes – but anyway it is very funny – in some strange way it is reminiscent of how cities are built ( i.e. not designed) – i.e. by trial and error with the mostly involuntary cooperation of the users whether they like it or not- sometimes they slightly revolt (e.g. Soviet Union, South Africa, North Africa) but then they forget and on the whole like most Windows users they merely grin and bear it!
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 Ford 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, Ford issued a press release stating:
If Ford 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
I love the next one!!!
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!!!!