people, surrounded by tax-funded infrastructure, saying that all taxes are badThis picture is pretty simplistic, but it does illustrate some of the problems that show up when you replace thought with bumper-sticker slogans.

Thursday was Veteran’s Day, and the bus that I usually take to work wasn’t running at all. So I worked from home. That was actually OK, though the corporate-approved IM server barfed ingloriously for an hour or 2 after lunch. It’s actually had a lot more downtime than any technical person would tolerate. This is only to be expected; most suits would rather spend lots of money on something with a fancy marketing campaign that doesn’t work well than spend $0 on something with no marketing campaign that just works. There must be some sort of psychological reason for that.

And, of course, I have to do more work later tonight, because they’re going to do a bunch of maintenance at 0-dark-thirty in the morning. Arrrrgh. The weekend can’t come soon enough.

I still haven’t managed to get that SCSI disk working properly, since it doesn’t like AHCI and I haven’t managed to get the kernel for my desktop to find its root partition while the motherboard’s using IDE mode. Will keep trying. It’s just. . . frustrating, since I’m beset by so many problems that I’m responsible for, and I can’t get help for the vast majority of them.