Originally created 05/18/98

Carmaker says Microsoft philosophy bad for consumers



Perturbations, pleasures and predicaments on the information superhighway:

The old saw of the computer industry has been, "If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 miles per gallon."

Recently the auto industry responded:

Yes, but if we were like Microsoft, 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 drive on. You could only have one person in the car at a time, 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, was reliable, five times as fast, twice as easy to drive, but would only run on 5 percent of the roads. The airbag system would say "are you sure?" before going off.

  • The more people surf the Web, the less they watch "Seinfeld." This may not be altogether bad, but there's no reason why they can't do both. Just go to the "TV Party" site, a beautiful and comprehensive tribute to the box that formerly ruled our lives. Cheekily organized and impressively deep, the site covers all genres and makes up some new ones, such as "The New Shows" -- the New Andy Griffith, the New Dick Van [filtered word], etc. You can discover forgotten programs ("Get Christie Love") and "Lost TV Moments," relish mysteries, scandals and embarrassments, relive Saturday mornings from '65-'80, download commercial jingles and read a list of "Movie Star Guest Stars" (How did I miss Mae West on "Mr. Ed"?).
  • -- Getting There: The TV Party, http://www.tvparty.com/

    -- Dave Nuttycombe can be reached at nuttco@cis.compuserve.com