Lodahl's blog: One product that I dont want!

14 March 2009

One product that I dont want!

Microsoft is suffering during the financial crisis. Of cause. Who isn't. But now Microsoft is again looking around for new markets to take over. I honestly thought it was a joke when I first saw that Microsoft is working on software for cars.

I will turn in my drivers license if that happens.

Just think about what will happen if you press the “Close Windows” button? Will it close the cars windows or will it close....Windows?

Imagine that you are going to see your mothers house in the weekend. On the way, you need to make a left turn.

“Your 30 trial version of 'Left Turn' has expired. Would you like to buy 'Left Turn' now?”

YES YES YES give me 'Left Turn' software NOW.

“Downloading....”. “Please read the EULA carefully. Do you accept the terms and conditions?”


“This application consist of third party software. Please accept these third party terms and conditions. Do you accept the third party EULA?”


“Windows needs to be restarted after install of new software. Will restart in 15 14 21 Please wait while Windows is restarting....”

“The installed driver is corrupt. Please replace driver. “

“Please wait while Windows is restarting....”

“Doing consistency check on drive c:. Please wait 1%”

“Starting Windows”

"Restarting Windows"

Okay. Now you are on the way, but on the highway, you can see one truck ahead driving very slow so you want to reduce speed. You know; just in case.

“The application 'Brakes 2.03' is not compatible with your audio software. Would you like to search for compatible software?”

NO you don't have the time. You are trying to avoid an accident and you try to pass the truck without hiding it. You don't make it and crashes right into the truck.

Remember a 'crash' in the real world is a CRASH. Metal towards metal...terrible sound when that happens. I'm very happy that you have that wonderful airbag installed in your car. When you wake up again, you will see this message on the screen:

”Airbag ejection activated. Are you sure?”

If you see a guy on the highway on a bike – that me and it's running Linux!


Anonymous said...

What about linux?

"Unable to continue driving, kernel error"

"Please configure wheels.conf before starting the car"

"Dependencies needed to run 'right turn'"

What if I got a new window, and there isn't any drivers for it?

Anonymous said...

"What about linux?"

Whats about it?

"Unable to continue driving, kernel error"

Happens only if you use dev kernel. On purpose.

"Please configure wheels.conf before starting the car"

Heavily depends on how distribution handles it(its style). Ubuntu fyi tries to autodetect best possible config out of the box. Debian shows a graphical dialog, where you an tune step-by-step. Archlinux and gentoo provide default configuration and wiki on how to tune it to your needs for 101% efficiency. Depends on what "bike" you chose, on your taste.

"Dependencies needed to run 'right turn'"
Normally they get autodownloaded or autobuild from sources next second, unless you prefer manual installation.

"What if I got a new window, and there isn't any drivers for it?"
Ask manufacturer of your window for linux support or start hacking together otherwise(if equipment is of more value to you than current opinion its manufacturer). Its actually very hard to find a hardware piece that is not supported by linux, ati and very rare and $$$ hardware are only exceptions. But as told before, its not linux problem, linux does not manufacture the hardware.