I haven't seen a legitimate use of a 1099 in my life.
I use to do some contract development work in my spare time (Scripting and putting together Winamp3/5 skins) and would get a 1099-MISC form at the end of the year. It was pretty darn legitimate. Wasn't constant work and was on a per-skin basis.
"Open the pod bay doors, HAL." -- Dave Bowman, 2001