FWIW, FireAnt and I shared a table together at the WiFi hotspot over here in Far far away land and I got her up and running with Perian and FLip4Mac to resolve her movie-watching issue......VLC player not required.
Tiny world, isn't it?
Wow! I always knew it was a tiny world, but I think your story trumps most of the others I've heard.
Did you, by any chance, pin down her VLC issue, or can you give us deeper insight into it?