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Same here. I figure the least that sheister Gates can do after hosing us with these products of his, is give us a free USB drive. I wonder how big it is?

Knowing him, probably a specially made, 28MB.

:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:

And probably encrypted and can't be formatted. But we'll see.

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Same here.  I figure the least that sheister Gates can do after hosing us with these products of his, is give us a free USB drive.  I wonder how big it is?

Knowing him, probably a specially made, 28MB.

:rofl:  :rofl:  :rofl:  :rofl:  :rofl:

And probably encrypted and can't be formatted.  But we'll see.

I smell spyware ... :shifty:

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Yeah, that's what I was thinking....

Just a way to get address and email? ;)

No, just a gimmick to get people to use legit windows xp keys, because Microsoft screwed up by making it possible for a keygen to work.

Ill just stick with my sweet GHOST RECON 2 flash drive that i WON!! :lol:

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I'll laugh if I plug it in and it tries to "verify" my windows install.... or even worse, delete my Linux partition.... ;)

If it hoses my Linux partition He better hope that his mansion is enclosed in a forcefield.

As Logos said in another thread, "We have all been paying way too much to be beta testers for Winblows".

The last Windows version that was any good, and stable, was 3.11. Everything since has been a beta test, and lousy ones at that. 5 versions of 95, 3 versions of 98, 2 versions of 2K, NT 3.51 and 4.0.(Although I don't know that I should include them, as they weren't really operating sytems.), 3 versions of XP, and now what, 6 versions of Vista?

Microsoft should be PAYING US to beta-test all of his new, retail viruses and Spyware, named Winblows.

Go ahead and laugh. But after this "Let's turn over on our search users" BS that MS gave into with the feds, Vista is going to have more spyeware written into the OS code than XP does, and XP does have it. Microsoft is a bad dream, man.

With them, it isn't about the software anymore. And hasn't been for a long time.

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...dont use it?

That is the eventual plan, bro. And, as a matter of fact, I don't use it for anything, except to play games on, and only then the ones I can't get to run in WiNE, because I haven't got around to trying yet.

About 70% of my computing time is spent in Linux.

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I'll laugh if I plug it in and it tries to "verify" my windows install.... or even worse, delete my Linux partition.... ;)

If it hoses my Linux partition He better hope that his mansion is enclosed in a forcefield.

As Logos said in another thread, "We have all been paying way too much to be beta testers for Winblows".

The last Windows version that was any good, and stable, was 3.11. Everything since has been a beta test, and lousy ones at that. 5 versions of 95, 3 versions of 98, 2 versions of 2K, NT 3.51 and 4.0.(Although I don't know that I should include them, as they weren't really operating sytems.), 3 versions of XP, and now what, 6 versions of Vista?

Microsoft should be PAYING US to beta-test all of his new, retail viruses and Spyware, named Winblows.

Go ahead and laugh. But after this "Let's turn over on our search users" BS that MS gave into with the feds, Vista is going to have more spyeware written into the OS code than XP does, and XP does have it. Microsoft is a bad dream, man.

With them, it isn't about the software anymore. And hasn't been for a long time.

I know this is kinda off topic, but really, Microsoft dosent care about people like you specter, im sure you already know that. They only care about the people who know dick all about computers, and who only know microsoft. Thats where they make their money. Most people think, oooh new operating system, lets get it. These people dont know enough about security problems, patches, etc.

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Seems the offer is open to non-US residents now. :)

Cool, do you have a different link? The link I posted still has this:

*This offer is available in the U.S. only while supplies last. Limit one per customer. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.

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I know this is kinda off topic, but really, Microsoft dosent care about people like you specter, im sure you already know that. They only care about the people who know dick all about computers, and who only know microsoft. Thats where they make their money. Most people think, oooh new operating system, lets get it. These people dont know enough about security problems, patches, etc.

I know. Believe me I do.

In point of fact, Microsoft doesn't give a rat's ass about anyone who buys their prodicts, not even their corporate buyers, who literally spend thousands and millions of dollars on their stuff, and yes, I know that from experience.

Do you think if Microsoft really cared about any of it's customers, it be charging 40 bucks a pop for support phone calls? And that is just thie tiny tip of the crapberg they turn out.

But you have to admit they are driving the software industry though. Without Microsoft Winblows, and Microsoft Orifice, we wouldn't need firewalls, Anti-Virus software, all these weirdo utility programs, just to keep it running at a decent level of performance, which is mediocre at best.

Personally, I'm guessing they are getting kickbacks from all the other software companies to keep making crappy OS's, so that the other companies can stay in business.

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Seems the offer is open to non-US residents now. :)

Cool, do you have a different link? The link I posted still has this:

*This offer is available in the U.S. only while supplies last. Limit one per customer. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.

I used the same link. :) On the details page I simply selected United Kingdom as my country and it let me do it. I got all the confirmation emails too.

See if it arrives now... :unsure:

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How many people in the US actually got the USB drive offered by MS? I sent in my email and this is the reply I got, today.

Thank you for your interest in the Mystery Solved Windows® licensing promotion. We've received your request for more information to help clarify Microsoft® Windows Desktop Licensing pre-loaded on the USB drive. Unfortunately, this Mystery Solved promotion was available in the U.S. only and while supplies last. Supply is depleted at this time, so we encourage you to please utilize the online alternative today.

Simply download* the Windows Desktop Licensing reference files directly at:

www.microsoft.com/mysterysolved/corp

To help simplify Windows Desktop Licensing, keep these points in mind:

There are two legal ways to acquire a full Windows Desktop license: through your hardware vendor (OEM/System Builder) or Full Packaged Product.

Volume licensing covers Windows Desktop operating system upgrades only.

OEM operating system licenses live and die with each PC–they are not transferable.

Again, thank you for your interest in Mystery Solved and for helping us spread the word about proper Windows licensing.

Sincerely,

Microsoft Corporation

*Internet connect time charges may apply. Offer available through June 30, 2006.

© 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Microsoft and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

Either MS was perpetuating a scam or did not anticipate the number of requests it would get for the drive and failed to have enough to fill those requests.

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How many people in the US actually got the USB drive offered by MS?

Either MS was perpetuating a scam or did not anticipate the number of requests it would get for the drive and failed to have enough to fill those requests.

Yup, I got that e-mail today. I didn't expect to get a USB drive living in Canada, but a family member working the States ordered one to his US address and he got the same email and will not be receiving the USB drive either ...

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