Interesting old thread, and something worth noting. When I input just "static" into the docs this page is one of few, but needs to emphasize for the single most inadvertent mistake made when first using static resources.
One sets all the stuff that's obvious for a new resource type, but forget to change the template since it's defaulted to either id 1 or whatever we set it to. Save, then it doesn't work and after all kinds of searches and questions (i.e. TIME), the obvious is that it's not set to empty.
This should be more clear now.