Microsoft made the mistake this March of offering free USB drives loaded with Windows Desktop Licensing info (best use: battling MS salespeople). In a desperate bid at getting something tangible from Microsoft, hordes of freebie chasers signed up for the drives.

But for most who ordered them, the promised USB drives are as real as a Windows Vista launch date. Instead, as Valleywag's brother Consumerist reports, they got sales e-mails for Windows Desktop Licensing. Silly Microsoft! No one actually wanted the information. And they certainly didn't want ironic metaphors for Windows:

Microsoft cheaps out on free USB ports

Deals, Mourned [Consumerist]