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Subject: [aclug-L] Re: Microsoft's best move
From: bruce bales <bbales@xxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2003 15:32:12 -0500
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Dale W Hodge wrote:

>Jonathan, your analogy is way off the mark. I've been in the business for 
>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
And the 'small stuff' can be very expensive.  Consider power windows and 
locks, powered trunk lids, air conditioning, the increased mechanical 
complexity  when you add a tape and/or CD player to the radio,  power 
steering, power brakes, cruise control, powered and heated seats.  None 
of these things were available (or were very expensive) 50 years ago.

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