Well I do not want to jump on the bandwagon but I do understand your point. The silly date issue is for the terminally confused who will not buy a mag which says January or February on it, surely it must be old stock. It's a shelf life point.
On the DVD I think it would help if things were more clearly (honestly) labelled. I fully accept that for a mag with a very reasonable cover price (and it is reasonable) getting a DVD with hundreds of pounds worth of freebies is rather fanciful, not to say ludicrous. There are times however when things like "software to the value of £399 enclosed" are said. Naughty I think.
It's fine if the only way of getting the software was through the DVD but, for example, you can download a trial of Office 2007 and other such software from many places. Sometimes I think marketing can unwittingly insult the intelligence of others.
Now and again there are things on the DVD which I regard as a true bargain and credit to PCA for doing so.