Where “FREE” doesn’t always mean free. Who knew?

You know what I hate? Well, you know some of them already: fifteen “previews” on a movie disk I have purchased, telephone sales people who can’t speak English, raw onions, drivers who don’t watch out for motorcyclists, politicians (of all parties except the Libertarians and I’m not too happy with them), government snoops reading my email and logging my phone calls, lazy asses who sponge off of we taxpayers, people who live here but bad-mouth America, countries that gladly take our foreign aid (we borrow money from China and give it to Egypt – tell me how smart that is) and bad-mouth America and lots more.

But the one that tormented me today used up a lot of my time. I just wanted to copy a disk of music I had prepared and I needed a “clone” program so I could have a duplicate disk for my truck radio. I had a copy program that I had bought, and it was so cumbersome I discarded it. So I went looking for a simple program on the “net.” Hooray, I find a “Free” copy of Nero which promised to do just what I needed. So I downloaded it with reservations because nothing is free as people are finding out as the so-called “Affordable Health Care Act (Obmacare) is being implemented. Congress is now trying to exempt itself from the program because (I’m not making this up) they say “they can’t afford it.” Poor babies.

Anyway, it takes forever to download and install this “Free” Nero program because it has to have 10,000 plugins to work. So I finally get it installed (after carefully avoiding the McAfee program all download programs try to sneak by you) and now I am ready to try the simple task of copying one disk to another. But wait! The “free” program will do thousands of things (copy videos, arrange and rearrange all my photos, make lists of my music – but if I want to copy my poor little disk to another I can do that for only an additional $4.95 which it has already put in my “shopping cart” and all it needs is my credit card number.

That was the end of Nero for me and it took about as long to remove it as to install it. And then I had to remove all the additional programs it had surreptitiously loaded into my computer. They were all “free” too naturally, but the folks who loaded them without my permission were sure I would want the “pro” version for a slight fee. Of course, Windows Media player wouldn’t allow me to “drag and drop” my selections in the burn column like it says to do. I absolutely hate Windows Media Player, that’s why I use VLC to play computer music. So I’m sitting here wondering why I am so stupid. I am old enough to know that no matter how hard you try, hardly anything is going to work out like you expect it to.

I’m going to go out and eat worms.

About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on Amazon.com, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on http://johnbeckmanbooks.com and available from Amazon.com. . .
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