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Subject: [aclug-L] Re: Microsoft's best move
From: "Dale W Hodge" <dwh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2003 14:07:22 -0500
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> Behalf Of Jonathan Hall
> Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2003 10:19 PM
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> Subject: [aclug-L] Re: Microsoft's best move
> Many years ago, computers needed people to type commands.
> Changes in technology and reliability are not the same thing.
> People STILL say FORD means Fix-Or-Repair-Daily... or Found-On-Road-Dead.
> People have silly acronyms for every brand of car... PONTIAC...
> Poor-Ol'-N****r-Thinks-It's-A-Cadallac... blah blah blah.  That's hardly a
> technical argument for the overall reliablity of vehicles.
> There are an astonishing number of old cars that still run very well
> compared with those made in the last 2-3 decades.
> Cars, overall, have become less reliable.  Unless, of course, you're willing
> to buy a Rolls Royce, for example.  They still make cars today like they did
> in the 1950s.  Everyone else has decided to make cheaper, less reliable cars
> that people replace more often, because in the long run, it makes them more
> money.

Jonathan, your analogy is way off the mark. I've been in the business for nearly
30 years, and automobiles have definately improved, despite what you might
perceive.  Granted there are some makes and models that do have a poor service
history, notably a lot of early 90's Fords. However, by and large, most models
will last an astonishing 250,000 miles with very little work.  It's mostly the
small stuff that breaks now rather than the big ticket items.  As cars have
grown more complex, there are more small things that can and do break.  But
overall reliability has improved, and the required maintainance has definately


Dale W Hodge - dwh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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Air Capital Linux User's Group  (ACLUG)

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