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For all of you who feel only the deepest love and affection for the way computers have enhanced our lives, read on.

At a recent 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 $25.00 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon".

In response to Bill's comments, General Motors issued a press release stating, "if GM 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. Everytime they repainted the lines on 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 over 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 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, was five times as fast and twice as easy to drive, but would run on only 5 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. Everytime a new car was introduced, car buyers would have to learn 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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An old classic, it's great if you've never read it before. I remember this one from about 8 years ago when Mac users would send it around.

Today, for some reason, it seems to be going around again. Another person I know got it at work last week in eMail, and they had never seen it before.

It seems that since Windows users have begun to migrate to XP, they can laugh at themselves and at Windows 95/98. The first time around, a lot of them didn't think it was funny.
 
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