[dropcap]A[/dropcap]t a 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 1000 Miles/gallon
Not long afterwards, General Motors addressed this comment by releasing the statement:” Yes, but would you want your car to crash twice a day?” and also noted the following consequences of GM imitating Microsoft:
- Every time they repainted the lines on the road you would have to buy a new car.
- Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason, and you would just accept this, restart and drive on.
- Occasionally, executing a manoeuvre would cause your car to stop and fail and you would have to re-install the engine. For some strange reason, you would accept this too.
- You could only have one person in the car at a time, unless you bought “Car95” or “CarNT”. But, then you would have to buy more seats.
- Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast, twice as easy to drive, but would only run on five percent of the roads.
- The Macintosh car owners would get expensive Microsoft upgrades to their cars, which would make their cars run much slower.
- The oil, gas and alternator warning lights would be replaced by a single “general car fault” warning light.
- New seats would force everyone to have the same size butt.
- The airbag system would say “are you sure?” before going off.
- If you were involved in a crash, you would have no idea what happened.