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Uh, when did the definition of FREE change?

Mar 25

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Thursday, March 25, 2010 9:33 PM  RssIcon

MSDN Free subscription costs money, huh?Tonight I was lucky enough to get an MSDN subscription.  Then I realized I get a free copy of the MSDN magazine, COOL!  Until you read the fine print.

MSDN Free subscription costs money, huh?Normally, I'm "fiscally responsible."  Uh...hhmm if you don't know me....that's code for "I'm CHEAP!"  So when I saw that I could get a copy of the very cool MSDN Magazine, I was all over that!  But uh, since when did the definition of FREE change?

Check out a screen cap I saw tonight when I TRIED to get my FREE copy of the MSDN Mag.  Free apparently costs $9.95!!!!  hhhmmm with GST + PST + shipping'n'handling plus the exchange rate, ......... free don't sound so good no more.

Things to make you go hhhhhmmmmmmm

Now we've had a bit of a chuckle, it's time to grab a coffee and get coding!

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4 comment(s) so far...


Re: Uh, when did the definition of FREE change?

Yep, but you get to read it online for free :-)

By Peter Ritchie on   Friday, March 26, 2010 1:41 PM

Re: Uh, when did the definition of FREE change?

Hey Peter, I thought so too! But for some reason, after hitting the back button and selecting the online version, I still got the $9.95 prompt. I hit refresh and still the charge. Maybe I have to start over from scratch? I might try again later, but I figured the charge was for shipping'n'handling but they should indicate that.

Thanks for the comment, at least one person got the free is FREE option! :> LOL!

By phenry on   Friday, March 26, 2010 1:43 PM

Re: Uh, when did the definition of FREE change?

I've mentioned it a couple of times. It has something to do with the distribution system they have for the magazine in Canada.

You can get at PDF versions of MSDN magazine here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ee412244.aspx

By Peter Ritchie on   Saturday, March 27, 2010 1:27 PM

Re: Uh, when did the definition of FREE change?

Thanks for the confirmation Peter and the link to the PDF! Cool. Good reading for the uh...hhhmmmm downtime. :> DOH!haha Have a good weekend.

By phenry on   Saturday, March 27, 2010 1:50 PM

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