a recent computer expo
Gates reportedly compared the computer
industry to the car industry and stated:
"If General Motors had kept up with
technology like the computer industry has,
we would all be driving twenty-five dollar
cars that got 1000 miles to the
In response to Bill's comments, General
Motors issued a press release (signed by
Mr. Welch himself) stating: "If
General Motors had developed technology
like Microsoft,we would all be driving
cars with the following
- 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
- 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.
- 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, reliable, five
times as fast, and twice as easy to
drive, but would only run on five per
cent 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 air bag system would say
"Are you sure?" before going off.
- 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 grab hold of the
- General Motors would require
all car buyers also to purchase a
deluxe set of Rand McNally road maps
(now a General Motors subsidiary), even
though they neither need nor want them.
Attempting to delete this option would
immediately cause the car's performance
to diminish by 50 percent or
- Every time General Motors
introduced a new car model, buyers
would have to learn how to drive all
over again because none of the controls
would operate in the same manner as the
- You'd press the "start" button
to shut off the