This was sent to one of my lists: Bill Gates reportedly said that if General Motors had kept up with technology like the computer industry, we would have $25 cars that go 1,000 miles to the gallon. This apocryphal GM response explains what would happen if the car had developed like the computer industry. 1 For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a day. 2 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. 3 Occasionally your car would die. You would have to pull over, close all of the windows, shut down the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this. 4 Macintosh would make a solar-powered car that was five times as fast and twice as easy to drive - but it would only run on 5 per cent of the roads. 5 The oil, water temperature and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single "general protection fault" warning light. 6 Occasionally your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed the aerial. 7 The airbag system would ask, "Are you sure?" before deploying. 8 GM would require all car buyers to also purchase a deluxe set of Rand McNally road maps (now a GM subsidiary) as well, even though they neither need nor want them. 9 Every time GM introduced a new car, 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. -- # John Madden weez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx ICQ: 2EB9EA # Sys-Admin / Webmaster, Avenir Web: http://avenir.dhs.org # LANdb: Network Admin Database - http://avenir.dhs.org/landb/ # NCPweb: Web-based frontend to ncpfs - http://avenir.dhs.org/ncpweb/ # Linux, Apache, Perl and C: All the best things in life are free!