Last Friday I drove my mother in law's S60 to Calgary for its annual service - and while waiting for it at the dealership talked to a guy who was there to try to trade in his German yupmobile. According to him, they wouldn't give him a fair price -but then, the reason he's desperate to unload something with less than 20,000 kilometers on it is that it tends to die on the road: twice, he told me, on the highway near Banff.
According to him, he's had multiple software upgrades in the eight months he's owned it, but most of the time something - the built in phone, the GPS, the door locks, the ignition, something, doesn't work.
I listened, more or less politely - I rather had the impression he expected his daddy or some other old geezer acting in loco to fix the problem for him - but did manage to penetrate his egotism long enough at one point to cause him to pause by nearly giggling out loud at wrong time: something that happened because I started out thinking about the whole software by Microsoft thing in terms of the old jokes along the lines of "if Microsoft made cars" but then switched to day dreaming a different comparison: one between Windows and six year olds:
|Windows||Six year old|
|Reliability||ERROR_SERVICE_REQUEST_TIMEOUT||but Daddy, I am brushing|
|Can be trusted out of sight||DNS_ERROR_RCODE_NOTAUTH||But Daddy! we were just having fun|
|Cron||ERROR_INVALID_OWNER||but Daddy, Mommy said I didn't have to|
|Trustworthy WRT sensitive data||ERROR_INVALID_MESSAGE||Teacher: Who's got Show and tell?
6yr old: I do! I Do!
Teacher: What is it?
6yr old (waving digital camera) I have pictures of Daddy chasing the puppy, outside, at night, in the snow, naked.
Well, on the positive side, I have hope for one: he'll be seven in a couple of weeks.