Oxford English Dictionary
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"The greatest work in dictionary making ever undertaken."--The New York Times
From the Publisher
System Requirements: IBM PC (or compatible) with minimum 200 MHz Pentium-class processor 32 Mb Ram (64 Mb recommended); 750 Mb of hard disk space (required for indexes); 16-speed CD-ROM drive (32-speed recommended); Windows 95, 98, or NT 4; SVGA monitor: 800 x 600 pixels, 16-bi (64K, high color) setting recommended --This text refers to an alternate CD-ROM edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
*Practice good tech support practices as a consumer.*
1. I noticed and reported via telephone any snags I encountered so that support would have a record of it.
2. I used telephone instead of e-mail.
They sent me an unencrypted set (so I didn't need any CDs or controversial software) when they couldn't solve the OED's incompatibility with my very strange confidentiality/personal encryption software. (PGP--99.9% of you do not use such things.)
A word, though:
For the majority of users, the OED will work just fine. OED v.3 is much improved.. it is actually a wonderful piece of software that acts exactly like M-W's software except with full-text search and wild cards, and excellent online help. Double-clicking on words is now supported, and you can press ENTER and get right to a definition--two of my pet peeves are now fixed.
The ability to run it off the hard drive means that it is fast and responsive.
If anything, C-dilla needs to clean up their act.. and provide better documentation to innocent engineers and support teams.
As long as you follow these instructions, you should be fine.
1. After installing and before launching the OED, insert your *data* CD (2.0 for the upgrade version, 3.0 otherwise.)
2. There will be a "Wait screen" telling you C-dilla is being installed.. it should go away automatically, and it will ask you again within 90 days.
It's really that simple.
And with world class support, how can you go wrong? 45 minutes of my time on the telephone gave me years worth of pleasure.. and as I said, I am a minority.
OED uses the controversial Cdilla copy protect software, which installs a very intrusive and tenacious presence on your computer. After installing OED on my computer, there appeared ten separate Cdilla related files and programs. I discovered that Cdilla is incompatible with many printer drivers. My HP LaserJet 4100 would not work after Cdilla got through with my computer. OED support is not very helpful when it comes to Cdilla related problems. To me they seemed unconcerned and a bit aloof. It appeared they knew of the problems with Cdilla and were told to stonewall the issue.
Because Cdilla must run every time you start OED, there is an annoying lag before the OED screen comes up. Frequently error messages appear when starting and stopping OED but the product seems to work anyway. Also the installed product, from time to time, wants to authenticate your computer to the original CD. Too bad if you have misplaced the CD or are using a remote laptop.
For the price one pays for this product, Oxford University Press should do a better job on the software engineering side of the OED. They have protected their product well but at the expense of the customer and end user.
You get what you pay for. The ability to look up a word and its etymology is important to anyone trying to understand the nuance between synonyms. Right when you think you know what a word means, you will learn after reading this dictionary that you really meant another word. Having the right word at your fingertips or your lips is priceless. Get this dictionary!
Most recent customer reviews
I have to recommend that NO ONE buy this product until the OUP solves the C-Dilla license management problem. Read morePublished on July 25 2003 by a18ion
Once the software was installed on my computer the program would not open. I contacted OED tech help and they sent me a patch which I also installed without effect. Read morePublished on July 18 2003 by books4parents
This ne edition is still a fine word book, of course, but the argument here is with the technology. Installation takes a long time, startup allows delay allows you to write a... Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2002 by Richard P. Mcdonough