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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:04 pm 
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i just got this in a email and it made me smile
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, we would all be driving $25.00 cars that got 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 (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 light.

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.

Please share this with your friends who love - but sometimes hate - their computer!l


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 7:46 pm 
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this is soooo old, like about 9 years etc - but it is very funny (im a geek)

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 7:53 pm 
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I hope this is nine years old? if the speccy smart arse were to say that today,he would have half of Detroit hunting him down like a dog! :lol:

What the hell, saddle the horses we're going geek hunting! yee haw!! :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 1:26 am 
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Yes, it's an old article.

VERY FUNNY that General Motors said that years ago. Those points attacking Microsoft turned out to be what GM car owners experience in their own cars. Basically, those points can be apply to GM products.

What is the condition of GM now (financially)???

Computer geeks (esp. Microsoft fanboys) should be laughing their ass off at GM begging for government cheese. :lol:

Toyota, Honda, et al. should just kill off Detroit's Big Three. GM, Ford, and Chrysler cars are junk as of late. As an American, I say, "let them go bankrupt." That's the only way they will learn. Give them government assistance (loans), and they will continue to produce junk that no one wants to buy.

Yes, Mr. Bill Gates is laughing his ass off right now, especially at GM.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 12:22 am 
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what makes this better is ive just got back here after removing winstartupanddiedows ( damn service pack 3 :roll: )from my laptop and making the long overdue swap to linux 8)

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