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Oxford English Dictionary, Version 3.0: Single User Windows Version Multimedia CD – April 18, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0195218886 ISBN-10: 0195218884 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • CD-ROM
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2nd edition (April 18, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195218884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195218886
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.6 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,840,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT, you'll be wasting your money.
Once the software was installed on my computer (running Win 98SE) the program would not open.
Words are nice, but I want all the other parts of the dictionary too.

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415 of 426 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 19, 2000
Format: CD-ROM
I was an English major during my undergraduate college years. And long after the other more practical professional pursuits had occupied my time and interest, I still remembered one important piece of wisdom from those years. The two best dictionaries of the English language are the Oxford English Dictionary and the Webster's Third New International Unabridged.
For as much as two decades, I have owned the "Compact Edition" of the printed OED. And during that time, I passed into middle age, and my eyes followed. It becomes more and more of an inconvenience to pull the dictionary from its box, grab the magnifier and search for a word. I found myself reaching for the switch to a second reading light. That was one reason I purchased the CD-ROM version.
Wanting to have the resources from at least one of these available on my computer, and given the very reasonable price for the Webster's 3rd, I purchased both. In the case of the OED CDROM version, there are some drawbacks of which the prospective purchaser should inform himself/herself. The data CD is both encrypted and watermarked. This means that you cannot make a backup copy of the data CD. Those honest users of computer hardware and software may nevertheless wince at this obstacle. If one plans to keep the data CD in the drive at all times, one worries just how long the original data CD will last under constant use. I assume that OUP provides replacement disks in the event that the data disk becomes damaged, yet the worry persists, especially given the price of the software (at least $230 even with discounts and rebates).
The second irritation, related somewhat to the first, is that each time you wish to use the OED software, it must check the data disk and "verify" or "validate" it.
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182 of 186 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Campbell on July 29, 2003
Format: CD-ROM
I purchased the "Oxford English Dictionary Second Edition on CD-ROM Version 3.0" with a nervous heart.
I am a lover of the English language and sometimes sit and read the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) for hours at a time (I have the 2 volume compact edition). However I am advancing in years and can no longer suffer the small type of said "Compact Edition."
I really wanted something easier to read but do not have the room nor the money to purchase the 20 volume set, thus I jumped on the information super highway and zoomed over to [...]read through [...] "customers reviews" and was disappointed to learn that OED had a "C-dilla copy protection program" that reportedly ruined an otherwise beautiful product!
I was crushed and appalled that OED would cripple such a wonderful work with an overbearing and abusive "protection program."
Months went by and I eventually gathered up enough courage to buy the "OED Second Edition on CD-ROM Version 3.0" despite everything I had read.
After receiving item in the mail, I quickly installed the entire 2 disks onto my hard drive so I would NOT have to dig up the CD-ROM every time I wanted to look up a ord.
Installation was a breeze and I had no problems at all.
When I clicked on the icon to use the program for the first time, it required me to install the "data CD" for verification. After doing so the program operated flawlessly.
I have used the "OED 3.0" many times and it has never again asked for such verification, but I have been informed that it will ask for said disk once every 90 days (or 4 times a year). This to me is no big deal and a small price to pay for all 20 volumes plus the search capabilities allowed in version 3.0.
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93 of 97 people found the following review helpful By BadDawg on March 9, 2001
Format: CD-ROM
It pains me to say it, but I hate the Oxford English Dictionary on CD, version 2. I have the OED2, v 1.4 and decided to upgrade. Only to discover that in their zeal to copy-protect the software, the publishers have rendered OED v2 useless. The installation process is tortuous, and the startup is absolutely the slowest of any software I'm running including Photoshop and kindred hardware-intesive applications.
As with all copy-protected software, each time you run it, it grinds through the copy authentication process. Go get a cup of coffee.
What's more, the CDs are watermarked, which means that you can't make a backup (or heaven forbid, another copy to use on your other computer at home).
The glowing reviews are all right -- about OED2, v1 -- they just don't tell you that this OED v2 CD is a dawg.
Ah, well, there are some improved functions, but looky here, is it too much to ask to be able to search a term by typing it in and hitting RETURN (instead of having to use a mouse click). I mean, chaps, some of us troglodytes still use the keyboard.
Troglodyte 1. One of various races or tribes of men (chiefly ancient or prehistoric) inhabiting caves or dens (natural or artificial); a cave-dweller, cave-man. [from the snappy OED2,v 1.4, it's right there running much faster on my AMD 500 w/a slow CD/DVD than the OED2,v2 on my PIII 750 w/a 52X CD rom drive.]
The OED2, v2 is sick, crippled software, presumably the wave of the future.
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84 of 89 people found the following review helpful By tpennello on November 17, 2000
Format: CD-ROM
For years I wanted to own this wonderful dictionary and when I had saved up my pennies, I jumped at the chance to order it.
What's most striking about it is how often I DO NOT use it, rather than use it. The copy protection scheme is so awful that it takes 60 seconds for the software to come up on my 266 mhz thinkpad. Furthermore, because the CD costs so much, and because I can't back it up due to the copy proection, I fear to take it with me in my laptop bag in case of loss or damage. Hence I rarely use the dictionary unless I am at home, and instead use my simple hard-disk-resident American Heritage dictionary. Just today I saw the word "putsch" while I was reading something online. American Heritage gave a simple definition but I would have loved to look it up in the OED. Alas, I can't.
So I wouldn't recommend this software until they get rid of the most horrible copy protection scheme I have ever seen.
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