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Software Surprise!

Given the choice I always like to purchase software on a CD or DVD as opposed to downloading it directly from the Internet. The end result is the same in that the program ends up on my computer, but in the event of a major crash it's comforting to know that I have a backup and can, at least in theory, reinstall the software from the original CD or DVD. However, all was not as it seemed the last time I ordered some software. The remainder of this story I will tell in words and pictures.

A white box on a doorstep.

Promptly after placing my order the software arrives on my doorstep.

A sealed white box viewed from above.

A surprisingly large box for just a CD, but it offers plenty of protections for the valuable software inside.

A box opened, showing bubblewrap inside. A pamphlet and a delivery note can be seen through the bubble wrap.

The box opened reveals a copious amount of bubble wrap with a delivery note and promotional magazine beneath.

A black and orange box held in a hand removing it from a larger white box.

Finally, the box containing the actual product. Very nice packaging for the software, and not too big for the CD inside.

A black and orange box partially opened, with an inner box showing.

A firmer box inside provides additional strength to protect the CD…but it seems a bit light.

An inner box alongside an outer box. The contents of the inner box, a card and instruction manual, can be seen.

Much to my surprise there is no CD inside, just an instruction manual and a card!

A closeup of a card with instructions on how to download the software.

The card tells me to download the software from the Internet and includes an authorisation code so I don’t have to pay for it again.

A set of boxes arragned together.

And here is the complete set of boxes, giving a whole new meaning to the term 'box set' - because it really is a set of boxes and nothing more. Had I downloaded the software from the Internet in the first place I would have saved on postage, and the cash on delivery fee as well.

In fairness to the manufacturer they never actually stated that the boxed software would contain a CD, but it's a fair assumption on the part of the buyer that it would contain some medium for installing the software directly onto a computer without having to download it.

The next time I buy software over the Internet I'll try to establish exactly what I will be getting prior to placing my order.



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Oct. 30, 2017. The KORG SV-1 Keyboard Image Gallery has been updated this month with a brief description added to each photograph.

Sept. 25, 2017. This month sees the addition of a new piece of music - Heaven's Door.

Aug. 29, 2017. This month I've added a small selection of old photographs to a new page entitled Gallery - Archive.

July 26, 2017. The question I attempt to answer this month is Why Pay For Music? Leaving aside the legal argument there is much more to consider. Read the article to find out more.

June 28, 2017. This month features an article on how to make DIY Acoustic Panels that don't need attaching to a wall with screws or glue.

May 29, 2017. New this month is a selection of six Royalty Free Radio Jingles.

April 30, 2017. After a half-year break from adding new material to this site, I've added an article / review on Headphone Holders.

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