Ah. Upper-management politics. The running gag in the department atm is that if we kill a manager, we get his/her salary. However, we also have to take their job.... Given the way things currently are, I don't think the Klingon method of advancing through the ranks is going to cause much of a change in management anytime soon.
Haven't had a chance to do much programming work this week. Problems with a client's ancient Watchguard Firebox (ooh, it's an old one that runs Linux! Ooh, it's an absolute PITA to work with!) have kept me jumping around trying to fix problems and find solutions to things for them. That and playing catch up with a bunch of security patches from RedHat this week has kept me nicely on my toes.
The Dungeons and Dragons movie comes in 7 days. Must... see... first... showing!! Yes, I'm a die-hard D&D gamer, though thanks to work I've not had much time to play as of late. For that matter, my interst in doing RPGs has tapered off quite a bit as of late. It's probably something to do with the fact that my old friends that I used to game with have been slowly drifting apart as of late. Sigh.
Looking forward to the end of the year. I've got the last work week of the year slated for vacation time, and I'm looking forward to vegetating and pursuing various and sundry recreational activities.
Rambling back to work-related stuff, I've had a chance to play around a little bit with Linux Router Project stuff this week. Seems to be a very interesting set of toys. I may get a chance to actually test everything out this evening if things don't go as planned at a customer site... If it works well I may start packing a LRP disk or two as part of my network troubleshooting toolkit...
Also at work this week, we discovered just how "hackable"
old Watchguard Fireboxes are. Since they're basically just a
bunch of cheap hardware running a customer linux system on a
floppy disk, you could replace the Watchguard software with
whatever you wanted, really. Say, for example, a LRP system.
We also found out that you can drop a video card into one of the free PCI slots in the box and hook up a keyboard cable, and get console access to the system. There's just something fun about doing things with a system that they were never meant to do... I guess that's why I still get geeked about overclocking various bits of hardware.