Good idea on free trial period, esp since sale ends tomorrow.
Since you asked, I suggested he consider: ripit4me, dvdfab decrypter and AD. We discussed pros and cons. He said he was more interested in convenience than price. I believe i mentioned this latter point in my OP.
So, the goose -gander adage does not apply here.
Id say the more appropriate saying in this situation is:
Different strokes for different folks.
By surreptitious, I presume you are referring to my ripit4me threads appropriately placed on the copydvdmovie forum. Hard to be surreptitious in an open forum.