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Old 03-03-06, 08:26 AM   #1
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Free USB stick from M$

This is not SPAM fodder....this is for real (assuming they keep their word).

In an effort to educate people on software licenses, this is a gimick from Microsoft. You can go to the url below and fill out a very small survey (about 5 questions) to get a free USB stick (It doesn't say how big) which is preloaded with software licensing documents, and other stuff you can hopefully blow away.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/m...p/default.mspx

Click the "Get Yours" link on the right hand side of the page.
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Old 03-03-06, 08:43 AM   #2
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It's probably a 128MB. Is there a way to make it such that you cannot delete files off of one of those? I am sure if there is then MS has done that.
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Old 03-03-06, 08:48 AM   #3
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It's probably a 128MB. Is there a way to make it such that you cannot delete files off of one of those? I am sure if there is then MS has done that.
There is...they could make it read only (internally so that you can't change it), but its worth a try just for fun. You can always toss it if its garbage.

I agree, it will probably be a 128Mb (if not smaller).
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Old 03-03-06, 09:08 AM   #4
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Does anyone know if the USB stick will work with an Apple?
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Old 03-03-06, 09:45 AM   #5
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Assuming it is anything close to a normal stick, and it would be too pricey for them to just give away otherwise, it will work just fine with a Mac.
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I just did it. They say I'll get it in 6-8 weeks. Will advise.
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Old 03-03-06, 10:13 AM   #7
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I can't see it being read only.... that would defeat the purpose completely, mind you the docs might be on a WORM chip and then the rest of the stick is normal RAM... that would do it.
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I just did it. They say I'll get it in 6-8 weeks. Will advise.
Yup...I had done it this morning right before I posted this.
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Or it could install a rootkit when you first plug it in that gathers info about your software and OS and favorite websites. Didn't Sony just get in trouble over that?
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I can't see it being read only.... that would defeat the purpose completely, mind you the docs might be on a WORM chip and then the rest of the stick is normal RAM... that would do it.
I was thinking it could be filled with the docs and just have the WRITE line on the EEPROM tied to appropriate signal (Vcc or Ground) to make it read only.
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What was the point of the little multiple choice quiz at the bottom? If we don't score high enough, will we not receive the jump drive?
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Old 03-03-06, 11:33 AM   #13
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All the answers were on the previous page
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Ah *****, I probably got most of them wrong then. I didn't read any of that crap. And microsoft's verification email got sent to my yahoo bulk folder! Not even my "free viagra" and "meet hot women in your area" emails get sent to my BULK folder!
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Old 03-03-06, 06:35 PM   #15
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And that would be generous. Could be 8 or 16mb.
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I signed up. Anything to speed up the computer is very welcome
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Old 03-03-06, 07:35 PM   #18
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I did it, USB drives are always handy even if its 32MB.
I will scratch out the microsoft and put in linux though..
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a 128mb USB drive is far larger than the 32mb one I currently use.

That being said...I should be getting mine in 6-8 weeks.

If it's read only, oh well...just another bit of geek junk to throw in my closet.
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Old 03-03-06, 09:20 PM   #20
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So what were the answers???
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I didn't even change the preselected answers they had set up. I got one. We'll see what's on it in 6- 8 weeks.

I plan to open mine at work. That way, if there's any worm or something, it'll go into the government computers. Once dumped, I'm hoping I can take it home and use it on my computer at home.

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Could be worse - could just be 8mb - 16mb
although at least its better then a floppy for transferring files
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we'll see if i was able to type coherently enough to recieve a drive
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You forgot to capitalize and put a period
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i'll guess i'll never get a drive..and die sad

i think my spelling is good though
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