> 1. When will DVD burners (any) begin to really get up to speed? I don't plan to
> buy one until at least 8 - 16x ones and their blank discs are common. I'm mainly
> only looking for something that can do DVD-R and maybe DVD-RAM
There's a good chance you will wait forever then, as - and RAM don't have any
roadmap for high speeds. + is expected to reach 12x and 16x in the next 24 months,
then you can add 6 months more before they are common.
> 2. Can I use DVD-RAM like I would a floppy disk or HDD
Depends what you have in mind, but probably yes.