There is no question that computers have greatly enhanced our lives and we could not live without them. But this post is for all those fellow writers, friends and fans who have spend days trying to humor this wonderful device into behaving itself…and we have all been there, so enjoy yourself and laugh along with me…
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 withthe 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.
And, 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!!!!
Hi There Betteleecrosby,
Very interesting, I want to buy an older car or truck that has absolutely no computer systems or chips controlling any aspect of it. Therefore, I want to know when they started using them and what the last makes / models / years that did not use them were.
Keep up the good work
LOL I love two industry giants going at one another. This is great 😉 Thanks, Bette!
These are priceless comments! How often we scratch our heads in wonderment that we need to press “END” to turn on a computer or cell phone!
Lois W. Stern