This is so not good. So wrong. So very very expensive!
My sister was here for a few days at the end of last year and she fixed my laptop to now play region 1 dvd's. You may or may not know (or care) that the world has been divided up into several regions concerning dvd's. The USofA and Canada are in region 1, Europe is in region 2. This means that whenever you want to watch a dvd meant for the USofA in Europe, you have a problem. But since I have a clever sister...
After she'd 'fixed' my laptop, I immediately bought 5 Christmas films that are really hard to come by in Europe (ie not at all). And today they arrived! So, full of anticipation I got one out of its casing (and even they are different) and slid it into the slot of my computer. I got myself a cup of tea while it was loading and when I came back: nothing!
Yes, you read it right: nothing at all! Apparently I needed a decoder as well. So, I was about to get my credit card out of my purse, when I realised I had inherited a really cheap dvd-player from my sister when she moved to abroadistan. No point in paying if that dvd-player might actually work. I went upstairs to try it out and lo and behold: it did!!! I unplugged the whole thing because I so wasn't going to watch a great film on a small ittybitty screen when I have a large fantastic screen downstairs. I plugged it in downstairs and it still worked.
One down, four to go. Not counting the others that will surely be coming soon to an address right here in the near future. I had better win something in the lottery tomorrow!