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, and we would all be driving $25.00 cars that go 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:
For no reason what so ever, 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 free way 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 start, in which case you would have to restart 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 light would all be replaced by a single “General Protection Fault” warning light or a “You Have Performed An Illegal Operation”
The airbag system would ask, ‘Are you sure? Before deploring
Occasionally, for no real reason what so ever, 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 lo learn to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same way as the old car.
You would have to press the start button to turn the engine off.