wagwan me bredren!
and you know maplin arrrrrrre good if you want a dpdt switch, but want to be able to select centre off with left and right latching, or left and right non latching, or one side latching.
for THAT, they are useful. just because you can give the switch a squeeze through the plastic and yep, you have what you need the same day.
for most electronic parts though I prefer "rapid online" (rapid electronics), as their prices are great but everything arrives in perfectly marked packaging, well organised. above and beyond well organised. impossible to go wrong with Rapid.
a client of mine uses Parallels, and it works fine. I've experimented with VMWare and had nothing but heartache.
don't take that as advice though....... just chalk it up to a passing comment. VMWare are known for being comprehensive.
I maintain that the best way to use computers is to separate powers and tasks. for example, have one windows machine and one mac.
if you're a windows user, have one machine for power consuming stuff (your better machine) and have your older / weaker machine dedicated to IM amd browsing.
a KVM switch is a real blessing too! but careful...... it pays to invest in high end KVM hardware. I use Aten. The trick is to always buy more than you need. More resolution, more channels.
ALWAYS invest in room for improvement and room for expansion!
peace and love!