Dealing with lots of crap from the Melbourne office of the company. The guys there are useless pieces of crap. Even more arrogant than I am, and know far less (given they rang me up to fix a problem they had pinging across a previously working gateway machine I know we are in safe hands in that office)..
Bought myself a laptop. Installed Debian GNU/Linux on it. Quite a nice install once I got X working and sound working (that took a bit longer).. Thankfully Intel provided free driver source for both the video card and the network card. Eventually I sorted out ALSA and got the audio working really sweetly. And once my creditcard works happily once more I'll get more ram for it and a wifi interface.. Only real fault with the damn thing is that it 'freezes' for 1 or 2 seconds now and again. Although the XP install on it does that too so it might be a hardware fault (bah!).
I really need to consider finding better paid work with more incentive for being at work. The morale here sucks (the CEO has his pets and treats everyone else like shit) and I know I am very underpaid for the work I do (although admittedly my income isn't unhealthy). So tempted to go back into R&D or pure development. Or maybe purely network management, am sick of having to handle client installs of our products (especially the legacy pieces of shit our salesfolk keep selling)... mmmm networks...