This is just something that’s been amusing me for a while now, ever since I started working on the Microsoft campus. Here I am, working at the single biggest software company in the world, packed to the brim with some of the brightest people in the tech industry (and no matter what I think of Microsoft’s software or practices, I can’t deny that they’ve got some pretty sharp people working for them) — and yet they need signs posted outlining a four-step process to get a free soda out of the vending machines.

Instructions for free soda

Somehow, this is what I’m reminded of.