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Whimsy: chugging along.

A visitor dropped off the following much-photocopied document, claiming to have picked it up at an IDG office in Framingham. We don't know the anonymous author (it's not us, truly). But since we'd like to end the year on an upbeat note, here's our contribution to seasonal cheer:

"WHAT DRIVING TO THE STORE WOULD BE LIKE IF OPERATING SYSTEMS RAN YOUR CAR"

>> MS-DOS: You get in the car and try to remember where you put

your keys. >> Windows: You get in the car and drive to the store very slowly,

because attached to the back of the car is a freight train. >> Macintosh System 7: You get in the car to go to the store, and

the car drives you to church. >> Unix: You get in the car and type GREP STORE. After reaching

speeds of 200 miles per hour en route, you arrive at the barber

shop. >> Windows NT: You get in the car and write a letter that says, "go

to the store." Then you get out of the car and mail the letter

to your dashboard. >> Taligent/Pink: You walk to the store with Ricardo Montalban, who

tells you how wonderful it will be when he can fly you to the

store in his Learjet. >> OS/2: After fueling up with 6000 gallons of gas, you get in the

car and drive to the store with a motorcycle escort and a

marching band in procession. Halfway there, the car blows up,

killing everybody in town. >> S/36 SSP [mainframe, obv.]: You get in the car and drive to the

store. Halfway there you run out of gas. While walking the rest

of the way, you are run over by kids on mopeds. >> OS/400: An attendant locks you into the car and then drives you

to the store, where you get to watch everybody else buy filet

mignons.
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Title Annotation:if driving a car were like using an operating system
Publication:Soft-Letter
Date:Dec 31, 1992
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