Gates' "wisdom".

Rashkae ubuntu at
Mon Jan 26 15:50:14 UTC 2009

Thank you for the smile, it's been a few years since I've seen this one.

However, I respectfully point out that due to the volume of this list,
it is not an appropriate vehicle for joke propagation.

Hans Bauer wrote:
> 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 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 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.
> 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 be- cause 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
> PS
> - I'd like to add that 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!!!!

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