My Macbook, Pro, the one in my sig, is the best computer I've ever owned - but it's starting to get a bit limiting. I'm currently ripping all my DVDs, and converting them with Handbrake. This, plus BOINC, hammers my CPU, and fills up my hard drive - 715Gb and counting. Trying to do anything else, such as very basic photo editing with iPhoto, working on 20,000 cell Numbers spreadsheets, listening to iTunes, and general web browsing and email, has become painfully slow, even with 8Gb of RAM. I rarely take it out of the house, because even though it seemed slim and light when I first got it, it now seems big and heavy - I want an 11" Air! So, here's my plan: 1) Get a Mini with a great big hard drive to store my 500+Gb of video and 160Gb of lossless music, and run Handbrake and BOINC several hours a day. I have an external DVD drive. It will also be hooked up to my (720p) TV. Am I correct in assuming for these purposes, the discreet graphics card is unnecessary? Is there any point getting the Server? 2) Get an 11" 4Gb 128Gb Air for the "anything else" mentioned above. It should be able to handle it, right? Questions: a) What's the best way to handle my iTunes library? At the moment it will just squeeze onto a 750Gb drive, but I think I'll probably put it on an external drive - I have a 1Tb fw800 lying around, and when prices drop I'll get something even bigger. Home sharing should allow me to access everything from the Air, right? b) I will take the Air out of the house, and I'd like my music with me. The 160Gb of mostly lossless music takes up 22Gb on my iPhone, down converted to 128kb. What's the easiest way of down converting it to fit on the Air, 128kb or 256kb? Don't say iTunes Match, it hasn't launched in the UK yet! c) Sometimes I might want to take some video with me. Video files downloaded from iTunes are DRM'd, but with both Macs registered to the same Apple ID, I should just be able to transfer the files and play them, right? d) The Mini will be headless. What's the best way of controlling it? Can I use the screen and keyboard of the Air to control the Mini? e) Which machine, if any, to sync my iPhone to? Thanks for reading, sorry it was so long!