Okay, just a few things to add to the Mac diary. The system is working great, and I'm hooked on iTunes. I don't see any reason to buy CDs anymore. I also got an iPod to go with the computer so I can take my music to the office. We are absolutely forbidden from walking in with our own computers. This has led to some interesting issues, like how to get the PowerPoint slides I put together on the airplane a couple of weeks ago into the office to do my presentation. (I burned the file to CD and walked them in.)
Work is pretty good right now. I figured out how to do something in Vera that everyone said wasn't supported. It took about two-hundred lines of code to do it, and is ugly as you wouldn't believe, but it works.
We're also going through our employee evaluations, which I'm sort of participating in. I haven't been here long enough to have an official evaluation, but my manager and I are walking through the process just to make sure I get sufficient feedback. So far it's pretty positive, with some areas I need to improve in. I'm fine with that. I see criticism as a chance to improve myself and my work, so I won't take it badly. Also, I'm rated very highly overall, and my manager said he expects me to pass a couple of our senior guys on the employee rankings in a year or two. I may not be as optimistic as he is, since the other engineers are very good, and I definitely have a lot of respect for their work. On the other hand, I intend to be running the place in five years or so.;) Ambition can be a good thing as long as it's properly directed.