Yes, if you want them on CD you are at that mercy. It's by design.
Generating CD's is a lot of manual labor, postage, etc. Probably why IBM
changed from using Airborne with outstanding tracking and fast shipping to
USPS at budget rates.
IBM might do this to encourage you to use the download alternative.
If you change your system to NOT use the modem for SNDPTFORD and to use
the internet for SNDPTFORD it's much faster (providing your internet
connection is not two Dixie cups and a string).
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