GM vs. Microsoft (****GM vs MICROSOFT***** At a recent computer expo(COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computerindustry with the auto industry and stated: “If GM had keptup with technology like the computer industry has, we wouldall be driving twenty-five dollar cars that got 1000 milesto the gallon.” In response to Bill’s comments, GeneralMotors issued a press release stating (by Mr Welch himself): If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would allbe driving cars with the following characteristics: 1. Forno reason whatsoever your car would crash twice a day. 2.Every time they repainted the lines on the road you wouldhave tobuy a new car. 3. Occasionally your car would dieon the freeway for no reason, andyou would just accept this,restart and drive on. 4. Occasionally, executing a maneuversuch as a left turn, would cause your car to shut down andrefuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstallthe engine. 5. Only one person at a time could use the car,unless you bought “Car95” or “CarNT.” But then you wouldhave to buy more seats. 6. Macintosh would make a car thatwas powered by the sun, reliable, five times as fast, andtwice as easy to drive, but would only run on five per centof the roads. 7. The oil, water temperature and alternatorwarning lights would be replaced by a single “general cardefault” warning light. 8. New seats would force everyoneto have the same size butt. 9. The airbag system would say”Are you sure?” before going off. 10. Occasionally for noreason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse tolet you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle,turned the key, and grab hold of the radio antenna. 11. GMwould require all car buyers to also purchase a deluxe set of Rand McNally road maps (now a GM subsidiary), even thoughthey neither need them nor want them. Attempting to deletethis option would immediately cause the car’s performance todiminish by 50% or more. Moreover, GM would become a targetfor investigation by the Justice Department. 12. Every timeGM introduced a new model car buyers would have to learn howto drive all over again because none of the controls wouldoperate in the same manner as the old car. 13. You’dpress the “start” button to shut off the engine.
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