"I was recently confronted with a personal example of the true cost of free stuff," says Farhad Manjoo, our tech columnist and author of True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society. "I moved to a new apartment and tried to do without cable TV. Here's a tip: Over-the-air broadcasts are no match for San Francisco's hills. After battling bad reception for weeks, I finally gave in and called the cable guy."
When staff writer Anya Kamenetz and her husband, an engineer at Google, went on their honeymoon, they set aside a week to volunteer at an AIDS hospice in Pune, India. The hospice, it turned out, desperately wanted its own Web site.