Written by Daniel Bristol

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Thursday, 25 March 2010

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The BW900, Featuring 31 kilobytes of RAM. Price: $3,000,000

In the summer of 1979, college graduates Fred Bongersmoker and Harvey Wunkerpiddle moved into Fred's mother's garage and started building computer components. 31 years later, with the company fallen on hard times due to the Recession, the two have been forced to downsize.

"We've been forced to move our corporate headquarters to my dad's toolshed," Wunkerpiddle told the Spoof. "The overhead of working out of the garage was just killing us."

This tragedy is not an isolated phenomenon, with computer and software companies all over the country being forced to make drastic reductions in overhead due to the nation's continuously faltering economy.

"We got bailout funds from the government," said Bongersmoker. "And that 30 million dollars was just enough to help us with our relocation to the shed. Most of it was eaten up in auxiliary costs."

Bongersmoker outlined these additional costs, showing reporters a list with such items as "Snacks - 2 million. New controller for the XBox 360 - 1 million (it was a really nice one). Moving van rental - 10 million (No, really). Corporate retreat - 15 million. Hookers - 2 million. Spending taxpayer's money for no legitimate purpose - Priceless."

However, the hard economic times that have hit the small firm of Bongersmoker & Wunkerpiddle do contain a ray of hope. This past week, the company unveiled its first personal computer: the BW900, featuring 31 kilobytes of hard-charging RAM, a cutting edge 3.5" floppy drive, and a monitor! The company is now taking orders for this computer at 3,000,000 dollars a piece.

"We're really proud of the BW900," said Bongersmoker. "We've received an order for one and a half. The Obama administration just learned about computers and really, really wants one . . . and a half."

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