Bill Gates wanted to look good and
impress everyone with his success. He decided to measure Microsoft
accomplishments against General Motors.
His comparison went like this:
If automotive technology had kept pace with computer technology over the
past few decades, you would now be driving a V-32 instead of a V8, and it
would have a top speed of 10,000 miles/hour (160,000km/hr). Or you could
have an economy car that weighs 30 pounds (14 kilos) and gets a thousand
miles to the gallon of gas.
In either case, the sticker of the new car would be less than $50.00.
In response to all this goading, GM responded:
"Yes, but would you really want to drive a car that crashes 4 times a
GM also responded: If Microsoft built cars,
- Every time they re-painted the lines on the road, you'd have to buy a
- Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason, and
you'd have to restart it. For some strange reason, you'd just accept
this and drive on.
- Occasionally, your car would stop and fail to restart, and you'd have
to reinstall the engine. For some strange reason, you'd just accept this
- You could only have one person in the car at a time, unless you bought
a Car95 or a CarNT. But then you'd have to buy more seats.
- Apple would make a Macintosh car that was powered by the sun, was
fast, twice as easy to drive-but would only run on 5 percent of the roads.
- The Macintosh car owners would get expensive Microsoft upgrades to
their cars, which would make their cars run much slower.
- The oil, engine, gas 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.
- If you were involved in a crash, you would have no idea what happened.