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.
-- Dave Nuttycombe can be reached at email@example.com