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Bob Dole
03-03-2006, 05:33 AM
If you're cheap and not opposed to being on a M$ mailing list.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/mysterysolved/corp/default.mspx

Click on the "Valuable information" block over on the right. You'll need a .NET passport.

(The correct answers are 2, true, true, true.)

Gaz
03-03-2006, 06:20 AM
Well, I AM cheap and Microsoft already has all that information, so…

xoxo~
Gaz
A sucker for free stuff.

ChiefsfaninPA
03-03-2006, 06:23 AM
Good stuff.

the Talking Can
03-03-2006, 06:36 AM
how big is it (storage)?

JBucc
03-03-2006, 06:39 AM
how big is it (storage)?small enough to be free. Probably 128

the Talking Can
03-03-2006, 06:42 AM
small enough to be free. Probably 128

ROFL ...yeah, I guess I was secretly hoping someone would say a GB....

nmt1
03-03-2006, 07:07 AM
6-8 weeks for delivery? Yay! I got a new thumb drive for Memorial day!

Otter
03-03-2006, 08:00 AM
I don't care what Gaz says about you Bob Dole, your personality outweighs your eyebrows and body odor any day.

Bob Dole
03-03-2006, 11:48 AM
I don't care what Gaz says about you Bob Dole, your personality outweighs your eyebrows and body odor any day.

You only say that because you're several states away.

Delano
03-03-2006, 11:57 AM
I wonder what kind of "valuable information" is packed on this little bugger.

Bob Dole
03-03-2006, 12:00 PM
I wonder what kind of "valuable information" is packed on this little bugger.

The sort that will promptly be deleted to clear the whole of whatever capacity the drive has. hehe

Iowanian
03-03-2006, 12:58 PM
I think I'll use my Gmail just for sport........

Simplex3
03-04-2006, 09:02 AM
Thanks much, sir. I just decided this week I needed one of these.

Wonder how long it will take for me to scrape the M$ off of it?

listopencil
03-04-2006, 06:52 PM
I wonder what kind of "valuable information" is packed on this little bugger.


http://www.microsoft.com/library/media/1033/windowsxp/images/mysterysolved/Button_Val_Info_licen_142x1.gif

listopencil
03-04-2006, 06:53 PM
I think I'll use my Gmail just for sport........



Uh oh, don't pollute your Gmail account. M$ sells info.

listopencil
03-08-2006, 04:13 PM
Somebody let me know if they ever get theirs.

dr00d
03-09-2006, 09:18 AM
yes, I used my hotmail address (the second email I had back in probably '96 and is already so full of spam it is rediculous)

Iowanian
03-09-2006, 10:28 AM
There was an option to "not allow" them to share your email or phone numbers with partners.

listopencil
03-09-2006, 03:58 PM
There was an option to "not allow" them to share your email or phone numbers with partners.

They lie. They were already caught doing it once. I have a Hotmail account that I got around 1995 or so that I use to sign up for stuff. It's listopencil@hotmail.com . I also use "listopencil" wherever I go, including here. I've breached security a few times, but what I do makes it hard for people to bug me when I want to be left alone.

Phobia
03-09-2006, 05:31 PM
So I tried to log into my .net crap over the weekend.... can't remember password. Asked for password reset.

The email for the password reset arrived today. Clicked the link.... The maximum allowed time for reset has elapsed. The link already expired.... I caught the damn email the MOMENT it arrived. WTF?

morphius
03-09-2006, 06:20 PM
So I tried to log into my .net crap over the weekend.... can't remember password. Asked for password reset.

The email for the password reset arrived today. Clicked the link.... The maximum allowed time for reset has elapsed. The link already expired.... I caught the damn email the MOMENT it arrived. WTF?
The Internet just isn't your friend today...

Mr. Laz
03-09-2006, 08:52 PM
There was an option to "not allow" them to share your email or phone numbers with partners.

watch out .. they have double "unchecks" required to stop email AND phone number spam.

those little suckers re-check themselves to

listopencil
03-29-2006, 01:18 AM
Did anyone get this mailed to them?

Simplex3
03-29-2006, 06:26 AM
Did anyone get this mailed to them?
Still don't have mine.

Mile High Mania
03-29-2006, 07:25 AM
I was thinking about this today... I never got mine either. Well, they're too busy delaying product releases right now.

DMAC
03-29-2006, 08:02 AM
Didnt it say 6-8 weeks?

morphius
03-29-2006, 08:20 AM
I think Okoye is hording them.

Bob Dole
03-29-2006, 10:11 AM
Didnt it say 6-8 weeks?

Yes.

Perhaps the installed software will include a date calculator.

joesomebody
03-29-2006, 10:33 AM
I haven't priced these in a long time, but this seems like an amazing deal. 2-gb flash drive for 54 bucks

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820178085

Simplex3
03-29-2006, 11:11 AM
I haven't priced these in a long time, but this seems like an amazing deal. 2-gb flash drive for 54 bucks

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820178085
Looks like a heck of a deal to me, even if it is PNY.

DMAC
03-29-2006, 01:22 PM
I got a mysterious box of cracker jack today in the mail. Maybe its inside...

listopencil
03-29-2006, 03:57 PM
I haven't priced these in a long time, but this seems like an amazing deal. 2-gb flash drive for 54 bucks

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820178085



Actual drive space is 1.87GB.

Bob Dole
03-30-2006, 06:32 AM
I got a mysterious box of cracker jack today in the mail. Maybe its inside...

Was it?

JBucc
03-30-2006, 07:25 AM
Hasn't it only been four weeks since this was posted?

Bob Dole
03-30-2006, 08:14 AM
Hasn't it only been four weeks since this was posted?

Someone with more mad skillz than Bob Dole needs to cipher it for us.

DMAC
03-30-2006, 08:20 AM
Was it?At first I thought it was, but it ended up being a kazoo.

listopencil
03-30-2006, 12:31 PM
Someone with more mad skillz than Bob Dole needs to cipher it for us.


So you're saying it should be here by now.

Bob Dole
03-30-2006, 01:24 PM
So you're saying it should be here by now.

No.

listopencil
04-11-2006, 04:11 PM
No.


Are you sure?

Count Zarth
04-11-2006, 04:14 PM
I wonder if there's a way to check how long ago you ordered it?

listopencil
04-11-2006, 04:31 PM
I wonder if there's a way to check how long ago you ordered it?
I'm pretty sure I ordered mine on 03/04/06. I recall posting so I could check the date later.

DMAC
04-11-2006, 04:46 PM
I'm pretty sure I ordered mine on 03/04/06. I recall posting so I could check the date later.It was 4-6 weeks. I'm sure it will be 35-52 weeks.

listopencil
04-18-2006, 11:38 PM
OK, it's been about six weeks since Bob Dole first posted this. Anyone have a thumb drive yet?

Lzen
04-20-2006, 03:50 PM
I haven't gotten mine as of yet.

JBucc
04-20-2006, 04:09 PM
Don't have mine.

SLAG
04-20-2006, 04:10 PM
did JoeSeahawk Sign up..

I bet he is the first to get one

listopencil
04-24-2006, 05:15 PM
Screwed.

Boozer
04-24-2006, 05:44 PM
Screwed.

?

listopencil
04-25-2006, 12:49 AM
?


I should have gotten one by now.

Boozer
04-25-2006, 06:17 AM
I should have gotten one by now.

Oh. I was fearing the worst: You got the thumb drive, but it was read-only.

Simplex3
04-25-2006, 12:34 PM
I think the message from MS is clear, they don't want us to comply with their licensing.

listopencil
04-25-2006, 11:27 PM
I think the message from MS is clear, they don't want us to comply with their licensing.


Yep.

jspchief
04-26-2006, 08:00 AM
I got mine a few weeks ago. It's pretty nice considering the price.

Bob Dole
04-26-2006, 12:54 PM
Still nothing here...

JBucc
04-26-2006, 05:03 PM
I got mine a few weeks ago. It's pretty nice considering the price.size?

Mr. Laz
04-26-2006, 06:20 PM
nothing here

Bob Dole
04-30-2006, 09:40 AM
Still nothing here.

KCFalcon59
04-30-2006, 10:56 AM
nothing here either.

SLAG
04-30-2006, 12:20 PM
Something here...


wait.. Wait....

No..

Nothing here

listopencil
05-01-2006, 11:14 PM
This sucks. I didn't have a thumb drive and I was complacent. Now I don't have a thumb drive and I'm annoyed.

Boozer
05-02-2006, 05:56 AM
Man, it's like that thumb drive has a jpeg of an autographed Christian Okoye 8"X10".

Bob Dole
05-02-2006, 06:44 AM
Man, it's like that thumb drive has a jpeg of an autographed Christian Okoye 8"X10".

heh.

Bob Dole wonders whether a robot would respond to an email inquiry.

listopencil
05-03-2006, 09:43 PM
Still nothing but I wanted to bitch about it again.

ENDelt260
05-08-2006, 11:24 AM
This sucks. I didn't have a thumb drive and I was complacent. Now I don't have a thumb drive and I'm annoyed.
Yeah, that's kinda how I feel.

Bob Dole
05-10-2006, 06:44 PM
Bob Dole got some sort of junk mail from the local telco. That's almost as good as the imaginary thumb drive.

morphius
05-10-2006, 07:08 PM
Bob Dole got some sort of junk mail from the local telco. That's almost as good as the imaginary thumb drive.
Telco's? I seem to remember getting bills from telco's, but its been soooooo long.

Boozer
05-10-2006, 08:23 PM
Uh-oh.
http://www.microsoft.com/library/media/1033/windowsxp/images/mysterysolved/button_val_info_Gone_143x168.gif

Valiant
05-10-2006, 08:47 PM
Is that 4-6 weeks shipping business days or regular days??? If it is business it will take 8-12 weeks...

Bob Dole
05-11-2006, 09:58 AM
"While supplies last."

They had 7.

DMAC
05-11-2006, 10:02 AM
I think I am officially giving up. Now I guess I will go buy a MAC to stick it to em.

DMAC
05-11-2006, 10:02 AM
I think I am officially giving up. Now I guess I will go buy a MAC to stick it to em.My name is DMAC, it makes sense I guess.

Bob Dole
05-12-2006, 05:35 PM
Nothing!

SLAG
05-12-2006, 06:36 PM
Nothing!


I was wondering where my Update was from bob doles mail box.

I can sleep well tonight

Bob Dole
05-12-2006, 06:46 PM
I was wondering where my Update was from bob doles mail box.

I can sleep well tonight

Bob Dole would be happy to forward his $79 electric bill to you if it will help ease the pain.

|Zach|
05-13-2006, 12:16 PM
hahahaha

listopencil
05-18-2006, 10:38 PM
I'm glad I didn't give them any serious info.

Bob Dole
05-19-2006, 06:11 AM
What a giant load of crap.

StcChief
05-19-2006, 06:49 AM
So did anyone on the planet get one of these Thumb drives. ????

I didn't volunteer info to BillGates since I had thumb already.

Bob Dole
05-24-2006, 05:13 PM
Nothing showed up today in the mail!

listopencil
05-24-2006, 05:25 PM
Still nothing here. I'm glad I used my hotmail account and gave all fake info except my mailing address.

JBucc
05-24-2006, 05:26 PM
So did anyone on the planet get one of these Thumb drives. ????

I didn't volunteer info to BillGates since I had thumb already.I got mine!

Simplex3
05-24-2006, 09:12 PM
I got mine!
How big was it snapperhead?

JBucc
05-25-2006, 06:36 AM
How big was it snapperhead?About 3 inches

StcChief
05-25-2006, 06:42 AM
About 3 inches
ROFL He wants to know about the thumb drive... :p

JBucc
05-25-2006, 06:47 AM
ROFL He wants to know about the thumb drive... :pOh, well I didn't actually get it yet. If ever.

StcChief
05-25-2006, 06:53 AM
Oh, well I didn't actually get it yet. If ever.

The discaimer about availability. If you didn't enter day 1 hour 1 not likely you will ever get it.

So cheap now 1G for $75. I paid $75 for 256MB in 2003

Bob Dole
05-25-2006, 06:57 AM
The discaimer about availability. If you didn't enter day 1 hour 1 not likely you will ever get it.

Apparently that's not even part of the criteria, if anyone who entered based on this link has received one.

StcChief
05-25-2006, 07:18 AM
Availability will be small (JMO) ~50K who knows. Still based on when you enter your data.

Boozer
05-26-2006, 11:42 AM
DAMN IT!!! Here's an email 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.

Dartgod
05-26-2006, 12:03 PM
DAMN IT!!! Here's an email I got today:I just got it too. ****in' crock! I had a better chance of getting an autographed picture of Christian Okoye in the mail.

:cuss: :bang: Microsoft

Lzen
05-26-2006, 12:35 PM
I got that same email today. M$ bastards.

DMAC
05-26-2006, 12:38 PM
I got that same email today. M$ bastards.Same here. Funny how they waited 15 weeks to send that email out.

JBucc
05-26-2006, 12:45 PM
I got is asswell. ****KEFRS!@@@@@!!!!:cuss:

Iowanian
05-26-2006, 12:57 PM
Same here.

Down with MircoSUCK!

JBucc
05-26-2006, 01:03 PM
I wouldn't be suprised if their "supply" was just one thumb drive in the first place that they sent to the first guy and gave everyone else this email.

Mr. Laz
05-27-2006, 06:05 PM
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

DMAC
05-28-2006, 02:41 PM
Can we just delete this thread and forget it all ever happened?

morphius
05-28-2006, 03:01 PM
Can we just delete this thread and forget it all ever happened?
No, we must blame Bob Damned Dole for this for eternity!!!

DMAC
05-28-2006, 03:05 PM
No, we must blame Bob Damned Dole for this for eternity!!!
Yes, we should. Thanks alot ya wanna be homeless bum.

morphius
05-28-2006, 03:29 PM
Yes, we should. Thanks alot ya wanna be homeless bum.
Of course I did get some free photo paper from HP over this time period, so thats something.

Bob Dole
05-29-2006, 03:37 PM
I wouldn't be suprised if their "supply" was just one thumb drive in the first place that they sent to the first guy and gave everyone else this email.

Bob Dole replied (not that anyone will ever read it):

Who would have guessed the supply was limited to 7?

SLAG
05-29-2006, 03:54 PM
I went an bought a memorex 1gb travel drive with U3 supprort.. at the best buy for $35

DMAC
05-29-2006, 05:24 PM
Do these things hold mp3 files and pic files?

Simplex3
05-30-2006, 01:14 AM
Yeah, it's official. M$ wants us to pirate their crap. Too bad for them I don't use any of their software.

It's also too bad for them I only gave them my hotmail address to spam.

Simplex3
05-30-2006, 01:16 AM
This is nice, a little ditty from Sony Media:

I clicked their unsubscribe link, which took me to a page where they make me put in my email address. Then they tell me it may take up to two weeks to process my request. Who the f**k are these idiots kidding? It shouldn't take more that 2 milliseconds to delete my record from the database. God some companies just don't get it.

Chieftain58
06-01-2006, 05:23 PM
I'm in..

DMAC
06-01-2006, 05:38 PM
I'm in..
:shake:

listopencil
06-08-2006, 04:17 PM
So how many people went out and bought a USB drive because they became interested in the idea from this promo?

SLAG
06-08-2006, 04:19 PM
So how many people went out and bought a USB drive because they became interested in the idea from this promo?

I did

I picked up a 1gig memorex with U3 support for 35 at best buy.

I love it

JBucc
06-08-2006, 04:53 PM
So how many people went out and bought a USB drive because they became interested in the idea from this promo?I still want one but I'm not that desperate

Bob Dole
03-15-2007, 11:02 AM
FYI - One of Bob Dole's web guys just reported this morning that his drive arrived 2 weeks ago.

WTF?

listopencil
03-15-2007, 11:18 AM
Sweet. I'm in.

DaFace
03-15-2007, 01:43 PM
FYI - One of Bob Dole's web guys just reported this morning that his drive arrived 2 weeks ago.

WTF?

Perhaps their fine print was supposed to say "6-8 MONTHS" instead of "6-8 weeks" for delivery.

Valiant
03-15-2007, 07:31 PM
You guys can these for about 5-10 dollars after rebates at most stores now.. For a 1gig model, get me a sandisk for actually -5 dollars, I paid twenty and got a twentyfive dollar rebate...

DaFace
03-15-2007, 08:22 PM
You guys can these for about 5-10 dollars after rebates at most stores now.. For a 1gig model, get me a sandisk for actually -5 dollars, I paid twenty and got a twentyfive dollar rebate...

Yeah, but it's the principle of the thing.

Guru
03-15-2007, 09:37 PM
Yeah, but it's the principle of the thing.
Principle? Microsoft? ROFL

morphius
03-15-2007, 10:13 PM
Principle? Microsoft? ROFL
I did get Beryl working with Nvidia card in fedora...

Guru
03-15-2007, 10:35 PM
I did get Beryl working with Nvidia card in fedora...
I may have to give it another shot in the future then.

listopencil
04-27-2007, 01:17 AM
I'm starting to think this fell through.

Lzen
04-27-2007, 07:58 AM
I'm starting to think this fell through.

What are you talking about? We all got our thumb drives. Didn't you get one, too? :hmmm:

Baby Lee
04-27-2007, 10:07 AM
I got mine wrapped in a signed photo of Okoye!!

Ultra Peanut
04-27-2007, 06:55 PM
I got mine wrapped in a signed photo of Okoye!!So thaaaat's where my autographed 8x10 went. You ****ing asshole.