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Postby marinetowing on Tue Mar 20, 2007 12:23 pm

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 had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following
characteristics (and I just love this part):

1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash........ Twice a day.

2. Every time they repainted the lines in 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 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, five times
as fast and twice as easy to drive - but would run on only five 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. Every time a new car was introduced 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.

10. You'd have to press the 'Start' button to turn the engine OFF
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Postby Siggo on Tue Mar 20, 2007 2:54 pm

an oldie, but a goodie.
Herre are a few more...
Before they were fully developed or tested, a number new model cars would be sold cheaply. These would break down frequently and fail to do some things like turning on wipers when there was someone in the back seat, stopping suddenly if accelerating at 3/4 throttle after turning a right hand corner if the radio was on ..you get the picture. There would be no warranty of course, but the car companies would benefit hugely from the free testing and feedback

If you turned off the engine while still in gear, the car would not start the following day until it had completed a 20 minute self check, unless you turned the steering wheel while trying to start.

If you installed extra floor mats, you would periodically get a message over the car's radio telling you it couldn't find the boot lid and asking if you wanted to open it manually.

Sometimes, the car would not go anywhere and all controls would be inactive, but the engine would continue to run, even with the key off. To stop it you would have to put the ignition key into the start position for 3 seconds.

Nearly everybody"s car would look just like yours, but they would all operate slightly differently

While your car was parked, it could be left in a special condition so it started easier, but this would allow others to get in undetected and look at any documents in the glove box, and access speed/ gps etc records that would be automatically be hidden held in the car'.

When you stopped at shops or service stations, your car would leave some of your details there so you could "be served better when you returned".

Your car would be completely obsolete in 3 years

Your car would use 300KW power and use a stability system to drive at 25 Km/h in a straight line

I'm sure there are lots more....
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