In this mailing, I'm deviating from the usual format for Neat Net Tricks Standard. The thought occurred to me that a few thousand subscribers to this free issue have never seen the Premium edition. I wanted to rectify that, so please click here to view a complete recent issue on line: http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs065/1101458487892/archive/1108951855539.html .
I've been asked "Why should I pay for something I can get off the Web for free?" Even my own son asked that question recently, so I feel compelled to (again) answer the question. Hundreds of hours go into the writing, composing, and reviewing for accuracy the dozen-plus tips, the mini-reviews, the "tekkie" advice, the featured articles, and more that appear in each issue of NNT Premium. It's very true that anyone can, with enough effort, find all this information on the Internet; but, I feel your time is more valuable than the low cost of just 50 cents per issue.
While we like to think that the Internet's wealth of information is free, nothing could be further from the truth. Servers, Internet connectivity, and required equipment comes at a price, and while the Internet itself may be free, the mainframe behind getting the content to you is certainly at a cost; so, the "free" issue you see on your monitor screen is costing someone to get it to you, reminding us once again of the old saying "There's no such thing as a free lunch." In the absence of advertising revenue, continued publication of NNT Premium, along with the reviews, archives, forum, and the other "free" services, depend on reader support, and you can give that support with a simple $12 annual subscription (24 issues) at http://www.neatnettricks.com/store .
Or, you can continue to enjoy just the "free" issue until the money runs out. It's your call, but I hope you can see a double benefit: In subscribing to NNT Premium, you'll enjoy an ad-free graphics-full informative issue of Premium twice monthly with content you won't find in the Standard (free) edition. At the same time, you will help support the other Neat Net Tricks ventures. And for that I thank you.
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