If Microsoft Built Cars…
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 or you could have an economy car that weighs 30 pounds and gets a thousand miles to the gallon. In either case, the sticker price of the new car would be less than $50.00″
In response to all this provoking, General Motors responded “Yes, but would you really want to drive a car that crashes 4 times a day?”
General Motors continued by stating that if Microsoft built cars:
- Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason, and you’d have to restart it. For some strange reason, you’d just accept this and drive on.
- 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.
- A particular model year of car wouldn’t be available until after that year instead of before it.
- Every time they repainted the lines on the road, you’d have to buy a new car.
- People would get excited about the “new” features in Microsoft cars, forgetting completely that they had been available in other cars for years.
- Everyone would have to switch to Microsoft gas.
- Apple 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 road.
- The Macintosh car owners would get expensive Microsoft upgrades to their cars, which would make their cars run much slower.
- The oil, engine, gas and alternator warning lights would be replaced by a single “general car default” warning light.
- New seats would force everyone to have the same size butt.
- The airbag system would ask, “Are you sure?” before going off.
- If you were involved in a crash, you would have no idea what happened.