MONK: Ubersoft technical support, Monk speaking. How can I help you today?
CUSTOMER: … I bought Nifty Doorways Verandah two weeks ago.
MONK: I see. And how would you describe your experience so far?
CUSTOMER: … look… about this “box”.
CUSTOMER: The one the software us packaged in. The unnaturally spherical, seamless one that is made out of a strange material that seems to bend light around it. The one that sings to me every night in an eeire, long-dead language, only it’s not normal singing, it’s singing that’s in my MIND!
MONK: Oh… you need help opening the box.
CUSTOMER: NO! I need help DESTROYING it! Before it destroys us all!
MONK: I can’t help you do that.
CUSTOMER: What about trapping it in another dimension? Seriously, it’s creeping me out.
Today’s comic is inspired by an email one of my readers sent me linking to an article on Joel on Software that complained about Microsoft’s new box design for Vista and Microsoft Office. I find the thought of a software company intentionally designing a software box that is impossible to open — and being proud of it — rather amusing.