It’s got sharp corners, which I’ve already grown quite fond of.

My main interest in Parallels is that there seem to be pre-configured VMs floating around the ‘net, and I’d like to be able to easily try FC6 and the latest Ubunto distro, say, and see what they’re like on a fast machine. I may also get Windows, but only if I can’t run things on CrossOver Mac, which I also need to have a go at.

Besides VLC, I’ve found HandBrake and MacTheRipper can’t cope with this sodding drive. I have got an external DVD writer, though I may go for a portable one if I get desperate. So it’s not a technical problem ripping the R1s to disc, it’s just a hassle. And it’s put me off replacing my DVD player (amongst other things) with a Mac Mini based home cinema setup…