With the trouble GM is in, the following fable is making the rounds; It is said that at a recent computer exposition, Bill Gates compared the computer industry with the auto industry, boastfully preening, “If General Motors had kept up with the 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, GM issued a press release stating: If General Motors had developed technology like Microsoft; we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:
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 care would die on the freeway for now reason. You would have to pull over to the side of the road, close all of the window, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you co8uld 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 “General Protection Fault” warning light.
7. The airbag system would ask “are you sure?” before deploying.
8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lick 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 GM introduces a new car, car buyers would have to learn to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the dame manner as the old car.
10. You’d have to press the “Start” button to turn the engine off.