One more reason not to pay for software

I recently paid money for one piece of software and signed up for a free 14-day trial of another for-pay piece of software – and BOTH of these companies emailed *and* called me to “ensure that your organization is getting the software solution that best suits its needs.”

Hello Valerie,

Thank you for choosing Parallels Desktop for Mac – we are very excited that you are using our product!

Parallels offers tools and documentation that help streamline the process of deploying your licenses and getting your virtual machines up and running and I would like to talk to you more specifically to ensure that your organization is getting the software solution that best suits its needs.

I will also serve as your first point of contact should you require technical support, so please keep my contact information below.

If for some reason you aren’t the correct person to speak with about Parallels, would you help with an introduction to the best contact for continuing the conversation? I would really appreciate it.

Thanks again, and I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Have a great day!

Gah! Clearly I need to start lying about my phone number again.

5 thoughts on “One more reason not to pay for software”

  1. If you keep taunting me like this, I’m going to send RMS to your apartment.

    Then he’ll use your bathroom and make you use Visual Studio ’til you cry.

  2. Q.app (Mac OS X front-end for qemu) works fairly well and nobody calls. however it does lack the sexy integrated-desktop mode… (although ssh forwarding + Apple’s quartzwm + X11.app comes fairly close for a Linux VM)

  3. Happened to me one day when I donwloaded some RHEL to actually get access to the kernel source code (with their patch)….. So I guess it does not only applies to non-free software.

    (hint: VirtualBox is Free Software[1] and apparently runs well enough so that Sun people started to use it to finally install Solaris on their Mac….)

    [1] although apparently there is a non-free version.

  4. This is one of the handful of reasons I still have a land line. (Conference calls from home and 911 are the other two.) The land line’s phone has the ringer turned off.

    It’s a valid phone number, they can call it all they want, card companies can use it to verify it’s me when I have to call them, and nobody can ever reach me at it.

    The downside is the monthly fee, but for a very basic line I don’t notice the expense.

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