linux-l: A day in the world of Computers...

Stephan Wernicke swe at
Di Mär 3 09:35:39 CET 1998

Bill Gates wanted to look good and impress everyone with his
success. He decided to measure Microsoft accomplishments against
General Motors.

His comparison went like this:  If automotive technology had
kept pace with computer technology over  the past few
decades, you would now be driving a V-32 instead of a V8, and it would
have a top speed of 10,000 miles/hour.(160,000km/h). Or you could have
an economy car that weighs 30 pounds (14 kilos) and gets a thousand
miles to the gallon of gas. In either case, the sticker of the new car
would be less than $50.00.

In response to all this goading, GM responded: "Yes, but
would you really want to drive a car that crashes 4 times a day?"
GM also responded, if Microsoft built Cars:
1. Every time they repainted the lines on the road, you'd
have to buy a new car.
2. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no
reason, and you'd have to restart it. For some strange reason, you'd
accept this and drive on.
3. Occasionally, your car would stop and fail to restart, and you'd
have to reinstall the engine. For some strange reason, you'd
just accept this too.
4. You could only have one person in the car at a time,
unless you bought a Car95 or a CarNT. But then you'd have to buy more
5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun,
was twice as fast, twice as easy to drive-but would only run on 5
percent of the roads.
6. The Macintosh car owners would get expensive Microsoft
upgrades to their cars, which would make their cars run much slower.
7. The oil, engine, gas and alternator warning lights would
be replaced by a single "general car fault" warning light.
8. New seats would force everyone to have the same size butt.
9. The airbag system would say, "Are you sure?" before goingoff.
10. If you were involved in a crash, you would have no idea
what happened.

Stephan Wernicke
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