Dug this up from my archives. this is what we could have had if Microsoft 'Did' make cars...
The radio would be computerised, but you'd need to install 64 Meg of
RAM, and type C:\radio\talk\rush*.* to get it to play. you would also
need a new sound card, a game card, a new video driver, a CD drive, extension speakers, headphones,
02. The entire engine wouldn't be installed at once, and the car would have to keep stopping and starting to
load in the relevant parts.
03. The speedometer would read 70 even though you are only doing 50.
04. You would have to have a full service and program update every 500 miles.
05. Your car would refuse to start with a message "Abort, Retry, Fail?"
06. For some reason the engine management system would need a 1G hard disc and would take 5 minutes to boot up.
The steering wheel would be replaced with a mouse and you'd need to
memorize the keyboard short-cut for "Brake". The ignition key would be
a password you would never ever remember.
08. A particularmodel year wouldn't be available until after that year- instead of before it.
They wouldn't build their own engines but form a cartel with their
engine supplier. The latest engine would have 16 cylinders, multi-point
fuel injection and 4 turbos, but it would be a side-valve design so you
could use Model-T Ford parts on it. There would be a bigger turbo
version, but it would be slower on most existing roads.
10. The air bag system would flash and say... "Are you sure?" before going off.
11. New seats would require everyone to have the same butt size.
12. We would all have to switch to Microsoft Gas. Or use approved substitutes at our own peril.
Governments around the world would be forced to rebuild all of the
roads for Microsoft cars; they will drive on the old roads, but they
run very slowly.
14. The oil, alternator, gas and engine warning lights would be replaced by a single 'General Car Fault' warning light.
15. You would be constantly pressured to upgrade your car.
You could have only one person in the car at a time, unless you bought
a CarXP or CarVista --- but then you would have to buy ten more seats
and a new engine.
17. Occasionally, your car would die for 'NO'
apparent reason and you would have to restart it. Strangely, you would
just accept this as normal.
18. Occasionally, executing a
maneuver would cause your car to stop and fail to restart and you'd
have to re-install the engine. For some strange reason, you'd just
accept this, too.
19. Every time the lines of the road were repainted, you would have to buy a new car.
People would get excited about the new features of the latest Microsoft
cars, forgetting that these same features had been available from other
car makers for years.
21. Lastly, vision of the road ahead would be by the size of windscreen you could afford to look through.
Like most Brits, I am a well-traveled person. Like most "Crazy Brits", I am in constant search for opportunities to help people who want to bring change into their lives. It is not an easy task and I use all the learning and knowledge I've gathered as a persistent observer of human nature and behaviour. Therefore, helping people help themselves represents a great part of my life and work to date. My book covering this topic entitled A Better Life For You! - Your New Independence Day? was published in August 2005. My method consists of building up a casual dialogue with my potential readers prompting them to do their best and use their mental and physical energy in order to improve their lives. The book written in the 3rd party with English to match is/ was an exciting challenge.
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