Log Cabin Chronicles

Urban Myth #738

Remember when Bill Gates recently compared the computer industry with the auto industry, saying "If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that get 1000 miles to the gallon."

General Motors has responded.

"If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

  • For no reason whatsoever your car would crash twice a day.

  • 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 maneuver such as a left turn, would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to re-install the engine.

  • Only one person at a time could use the car, 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, and twice as easy to drive, but would only run on five percent of the roads.

  • The oil, water temperature, 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 say "Are you sure?" before going off.

  • Occasionally, and 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.

  • GM would require all car buyers to also purchase a deluxe set of Rand McNally road maps (now a GM subsidiary), even though they neither need them nor want them. Attempting to delete this option would immediately cause the car's performance to diminish by 50 percent or more. Moreover, GM would become a target for investigation by the Justice Dept.

  • Every time GM introduced a new model 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.

  • You'd press the "start" button to shut off the engine.

Forwarded by John Brigham

Home | Stories | Features
Copyright © 1997 John Mahoney/Log Cabin Chronicles/7.98