Comparing Windows computers with Ford cars 16



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At a recent computer expo, Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated: “If Ford 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, Ford issued a press release stating: 

If Ford 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 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. 

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. 

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  1. A great response, just goes to show how much for sight Microsoft really has. Still giggling.

  2. If Ford had aligned itself to the computer industry we would all be total nervous WRECKS. Does Bill Gates mean that it is acceptable for our cars to just lock up and stop at any time. Does he mean that when our engine just stops for no apparent reason “just reboot it”. Does he mean that when the engine “goes to sleep” and will not wake up when we need it to, we just have to wait until it is ready to! Mr Gates you must be bloody JOKING!!!!!!!@!!

  3. Extremely old (by computer standards). This was back before Windows 98. But still amusing.

  4. Although this is by no means “recent”, I first read it many years ago, it’s still funny! And with the level of frustration my computer/tablet/smartphone causes me, all I can say is thank goodness Ford and Microsoft never merged!

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