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Street Talk item from the early 1992 in NEWS/3X-400 Magazine

What Driving to the Store Would Be Like if Operating Systems Ran Your Car

This item originally appeared in 1992 and largely written by fellow System i NEWS Senior Tech Editor Mel Beckman. Since this was pre-Web, the item spontaneously appeared, unattributed, in Internet newsgroups and listserves, as well as PC Week, ComputerWorld, and Digital Media magazines, and a computer book by Robin Williams.

You get in the car and try to remember where you put the keys.

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.

You get in the car and type "grep store". Then, at a top speed of two hundred miles per hour, 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 the dashboard.

You walk to the store with Ricardo Montalban, who tells you how wonderful it will be when he gets the chance to fly you to the store in his Learjet.

With the car filled up with 6,000 gallons of gas, you get in the car and drive to the store, with a motorcycle escort and a marching band in procession. Halfway to the store, the car blows up, killing everybody in town.

S/36 SSP
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.

An attendant locks you into a car and then drives you to the store, where you get to watch everybody else buy mignons.