Things in life that should always be free
Here are four things in life that I personally think should be free, some of which you may have relegated to that cluttered corner of your brain where you store your exes' phone numbers and the lyrics to "The Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum)":
1. Productivity software. How much does a legal copy of MS Word cost? Well, if you order it from Microsoft, you'll pay anywhere from £97.86 for the home/student edition of MS Office to £440.42 for Office Professional 2007. You can get the student version for £35 thanks to HUKD, and NHS professionals can also download the Microsoft Office Professional 2007 for £8.95. But for those who lack a doctor friend or two, remember that free alternatives such as the Open Office Suite are equally good, and save your documents in Word or any number of other popular formats. Same thing goes for the free Google Suite of productivity software.
2. Anti-virus software. Speaking of documents, a trojan or virus that destroys your documents is the last thing you want. While anti-virus programs such as Norton and McAfee usually cost money, there are a few freewares along the likes of AVG Antivirus, ClamWin, Spybot, and Spyware Doctor that will be better than nothing. HotUKDeals also recently mentioned a one year free Kaspersky anti virus subscription, but this is only for online Barclays bank account holders. However, other banks also provide their own free anti-virus subscriptions, such as McAfee from HSBC. You know what they say about the "best" antivirus software - it's the one you'll actually use.
3. Short-range transportation/exercise. Walking costs, what? Some shoe leather? A few calories?
4. All kinds of amazing stuff. If you haven't yet, check out the freebies section of HUKD. This weekend, you could watch 136 pipe bands compete in the European Pipe Band Championships if you happen to live near Greenock's Battery Park. Guaranteed to bring tears to your eyes (interpret that any way you see fit).
There are plenty of other things in life that should always be free, and I'm sure you have your own list. What about boxes from the off-license? What about water in restaurants? What about public toilets? Let us know in the comments below.