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Don't pay for free programs, dang it! - Friday, Nov. 21, 2008

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Friday, Nov. 21, 2008

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Don't pay for free programs, dang it!

QYou have been talking the free OpenOffice for a long time. I finally get ready to download and all I see is "credit card or PayPal." What gives? Not free?
—Michael in Madison, WI, listening on WIBA 1310 AM

AI think I'm going to cry! The vein in my forehead is throbbing. Actually, I think I'll scream.


I hope that's clear.

The above question is actually pretty reasonable. Often people in this position accuse me of incompetence. Or they insist that I am a liar or a crook. Or, sometimes they send e-mail, saying, "Yu are really dum." (Yes, that's the way they write.)

These complaints are just loopy. People pay for free programs because they wander astray. Some sites try to sell free programs. Others try to lure you to different programs.

The Internet is the modern equivalent of the Wild West. Practically anything goes. There are plenty of shysters looking for your money. They know that many people can't spot ads, even though they're marked. You just have to be on your guard.

OpenOffice is free and open source. That means that anyone can use it and alter it. Most of us, of course, just want to use it. The current version is 3.0. Sun Microsystems is the prime driver of OpenOffice.

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