Usually I’m pretty rigid about getting my taxes done early, but for some reason this year I’ve been taking a particularly long time to just sitting down and doing them. There’s actually been several times over the last 2 months that I’ve been at Fry’s, Office Depot, Target, etc and I’ve picked up the box for TurboTax Deluxe, just put it back on the shelf. Not sure why exactly – probably cause I think I’m going to owe this year.
While driving home yesterday, I finally caved and decided to just stop off at Costco and pick it up. As I pulled through the parking lot, which was surprisingly barren, it hit me that I could just go online to Intuit’s website and download the bits, rather than buying the physical CD. Why on earth would I want to walk inside, pick up the media, go home, install it and in 3-4 weeks toss the whole package into the trash? I promptly left Costco empty handed and headed home.
Then last night, I just jumped over to the web site, paid for the software and did a quick 50mb download. Boom. The whole thing took under 2 minutes and I was up and running.
Just as CDs, DVDs make their way to the garbage pile, buying physical media for software is so 90’s. Then again, buying physical media for anything is so 90’s.
As I continue my house-wide purge of crap, the last thing I want is software boxes and media taking up space (especially ones that require a KB article to open). A few weeks ago, I bought two copies of MS Office 2008 – why couldn’t I just download the bits and a license from microsoft.com?
Physical media is dead: All content (software, television, movies, music, etc) should be available for download. I don’t want to own CD’s, DVD’s, etc. any more.
So it goes.
P.S. I’m almost getting there with books too – everything should just be a PDF.