What a great day. No problems at work, rotten weather finally clearing up, daft "no-dropbox due to no bandwidth or firewall clearance for dropbox on work net & not enough hours in day or bux in the plan to sync over my portable hotspot every day" solution to not carrying essential laptop* to and from work while I have back trouble working like a charm** and even that old Climate Scandal is blowing off my alma mater, good old UEA.
I'll just prop me feet up and fire up the laptop for some unauthorized El Reg time and - D'OH!
* - the only way to get manuals from IBM and Oracle (work firewall rejects download attempts, as these fine establishments keep everything as zip files and The Firewall Boss knows that all evils come from zip files no matter who is peddling them, no exceptions allowed no not even IBM or Oracle now go away), search forums for solutions (FWB feels that forums are if anything one step worse than zip files as vectors of evilness and forums aren't work related and go away again) and remote link to work with useful stuff made during the day already to hand 'cos I have better editors on my laptop than on my workstation. Without this laptop and my hotspot it'd take days to solve problems I get sorted in less than an hour (when I can get a decent signal). Not to mention being able to read El Reg when I want to.
** - I bought a second refurbished laptop of the same model for under $300 and just schlep the old harddrive from home to work and back. Yes it's dumb. But it is cheaper and faster and more reliable than trying to do the cloudy thang over my hotspot.