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I have an Ariens 926 Pro because I like Orange

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Cars vs. Computers
Original Message   May 24, 2005 2:27 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.

Ariens 926 DLE Professional; Toro S200; Craftsman LT1000, Echo ES-230;

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Joined: Feb 5, 2005
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Re: Cars vs. Computers
Reply #1   May 24, 2005 5:54 pm
You know reading that reminds me of the old 3/4 tonne Chevy that I had the displeasure of owning.  It was worst then anything I have ever encountered.  Never had to talk as much to any other vehicle I have ever owned.  Swear the thing was human.  If you looked at another vehicle and it thought it was going to be replaced - well I learned that I couldn't do that - the repair bills got way too high.


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