Random thought: I am seriously unimpressed with Apple's computers right now. I've traditionally found them to be alright, and I have a MacBook as a secondary machine because it has a bit more grunt than my workhorse ThinkPad, and because there are occasions where I come across software that requires Mac OS X or Microsoft Windows (since I don't get on well with Microsoft Windows my preference for a machine to serve this purpose is a Macintosh). I also use it for ripping my DVDs (for use on my Pandora) using HandBrake.
I've noticed, of late, that newer DVDs cannot be read for this purpose on this machine, and that scanning to attempt to do so takes at least an hour (and usually more than that), and I had until today been putting it down to DVD publishers trying to foil this usage. However, in frustration I just took some time out to set up HandBrake on my workhorse box, and I found that not only did it read the DVD fine, it was able to rip it perfectly as well.
What the hell is up with that? The software setup for the ripper I'm using is exactly the same on both the Macintosh and the Xubuntu box. Is this some Mac OS X thing, perhaps? If so, that's not cool at all.