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CNET Free software is NOT Free at all

by ccrawf23 / July 9, 2012 11:11 PM PDT

I thought I could trust CNET but when I downloaded a Free utility to generate a calendar in Excel, all that downloaded was a zip file containing a .jpg of a calendar and instructions to go to a web site to download an INVOICE for the Free software. The zip file is "cnet_OnlineYearlyCalendar_Zip.exe" which directs you to the web site "".

I don't know whether this is malware or worse but I feel that CNET let me down.

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Do you mean
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 10, 2012 9:41 PM PDT

this one?;contentBody

If so, I tried it myself using LibreOffice which is just an open source word processing suite including a spreadsheet that can open and edit Office files.

Frankly I am stumped!

It works, but all it allows you to do is input a new year and so display the correct calendar for that year. I could have created a calendar like that myself but I don't bother because I get so many free calendars posted through my post box I have never had to purchase any calendars.

And when I say it works, that's not the whole story. When I click the cell to change the year LibreOffice halts with a "Not responding" message for a number of seconds, and then continues. I can then enter a new year, then it halts again before displaying the correct calendar.

It's all pointless.

So as far as I am concerned it is free. I did go to the web site but I didn't bother registering or signing any invoice, but I don't see myself using this at any time in the future.

If you feel the same you may want to "be the first" to add a comment on your experience with it on that page I linked to.


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I get an .xslx template
by peterbutler staff / July 11, 2012 8:15 AM PDT

Hi, there. I also get an .xslx template named "Online Yearly Calendar (Any Year).xlsx" along with the JPG image you describe.

When I open it with Microsoft Excel, it indeed loads a yearly calendar template that lets you select a year, and then it provides the months, dates, weeks, etc.

I think it does what it says on the tin. I think it's OK. It has limited value, but I don't think it is worthless.

- Peter

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