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Postby D'Arcy on Tue Feb 06, 2007 9:29 pm

Posters:

Since this "WARNING" thread has evolved into a computer love/in-hate/in, you might enjoy the following:


At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates 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 the following press release:

If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

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 manoeuvre 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.


A priceless rejoinder by GM, I thought.

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Postby Tank04 on Tue Feb 06, 2007 11:16 pm

D'Arcy,

And ain't that the ever living truth too.........
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Postby MI Gofer on Tue Feb 06, 2007 11:32 pm

D'Arcy wrote:Posters:

Since this "WARNING" thread has evolved into a computer love/in-hate/in, you might enjoy the following:



D'Arcy -

What a great post! It's interesting how many problems we all put with on our computers. I don't think I ever had to re-boot my manual typewriter to get it to work!
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Oh - I may have just dated myself there. Young posters: A manual typewriter was the devise some of us used in the dark ages to prepare a letter and/or report. They didn't even use any electricity! And if you made a mistake, you sometimes had the opportunity to re-type the whole thing. I personally got a LOT of practice doing that!

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Postby D'Arcy on Wed Feb 07, 2007 12:46 am

MI Gopher:

You and I both had lots of that practice. Hey, do you remember the "ZZZZINKKKK" sound (acompanied by some bad words) as you ripped the page out of the typewriter's platen, and then started anew?

Those were both the good old days and the bad old days.

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Postby badinfluence63 on Wed Feb 07, 2007 2:24 am

I'd still take the CPU over the typewritter any day and youse would too :wink: .

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Postby Tank04 on Wed Feb 07, 2007 1:08 pm

D'Arcy and MI Gofer,

Boy do I remember the days of the old clack and smash. When I got my first computer, I had to work hard on easing up on the keys for fear I would smash the plastic keyboard. Last Fall, I had the occasion to use an old electric typewriter at the office and realized again, to my shock and horror, that there was no delete key, or a cut and paste feature.

In our family, we have Dad's old Underwood typewriter he used to write his books and hundreds of poems and ballads. I don't own it but it sure is neat to pull it down from the closet and marvel at the complicated mess of levers, springs and gears that hold that old relic together.

I have a buddy in Newfoundland with whom I exchange letters on a regular basis, yes, in effect, a pen pal. He had a computer at home, but never learned to use it and when he writes to me, it is done on his typewriter, very cool.

I wax philosophic about them now, but I wouldn't give up my PC for love nor money.
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Postby dragon lady on Wed Feb 07, 2007 3:19 pm

D'Arcy wrote:In response to Bill's comments, General Motors issued the following press release:

If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

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

Only twice a day!:shock:
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.

:shock: I guess "simply accept" to a MS/PC user means screaming, foul language, tears, pulling one's hair out!

4. Occasionally, executing a manoeuvre 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.

Usually in the middle of a project that is the equivalent of the LA Freeway!(no emoticon for seeing your life flash before your eyes)

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.

So I can't run FTM & Jigsaw puzzles or catch 95+% of the viruses out there. How many 25+ year old PC's are still around and functioning? :D
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Postby badinfluence63 on Thu Feb 08, 2007 3:39 am

DL,

I'm impressed with the logevity as I had my hands full keeping one going for 9 years and then because of a serious virus I had to give up the ghost!

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Postby dragon lady on Thu Feb 08, 2007 4:25 am

BI,
A friend of mine still uses his Apple IIe for labling in his photo lab. I've got a new to me Mac desktop that's 7 1/2 years old. I'm going to be using these old Macs for a very long time. I've got 3 more waiting in the wings.
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Postby Bear on Fri Feb 09, 2007 10:31 pm

Oh, the good old days when:

We could simply shuffle through file after file in cabinet after cabinet to find that certain paper or article we needed instead of having to use a mouse and point and click or click and drag.

We could use white out and and ruby erasers and erasing shields (remember those) to correct that misspelled word instead of that drudgery of backspacing.

We could get our fingers black from all of the carbon paper we delightedly stuffed between pages instead of the time consuming and mind numbing choosing how many copies we want.

And speaking of carbon paper - we could still practice the art of lining up several copies (with carbon paper in between) juuussst right so that the platen would grab them properly and roll them in without creasing. (What's a platen?)

We could take pleasure in using a dictionary to look up every word we don't know how to spell instead of using that horrible spell checker.

(And how about Roget's Thesaurus...?)

We could play those delightful board games like Monopoly, Clue, Stratego, and Checkers instead of those nasty realistic games like DoomIII and John Madden's football.

We could spend lots of money calling people long distance or not call them at all because it costs too much or maybe even sending letters and waiting weeks for a reply instead of emailing. What fun!

Good old days? Why, this forum was not even possible!

Besides, now we can get decent porn without the entire neighborhood knowing about it.

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