Ditto on Dreamhost. They've been good to me. But whatever you do not use Powweb their service sucks and their billing is always messed up.
The parent post is right on with what I've seen. 250:1 (users to admins) in the environment where it was Windows+Office+Thunderbird on the desktop and 50:1 where it was Mac+Adobe+Office+Video production+1/2 doz other highly specialized pieces of software.
What is perhaps just as important as the ratio is having a great secretary. The ability to keep moving and not have to stop and worry about signing for the Fed Ex man or the boss making "executive decisions" while you are at a users' desk is invaluable.
Huh What? OS X let's standard users install software? Sorry but looking at my 10.4 and 10.5 machines that would be a no. Having worked on a few 10.6 machines today I am confident that they are the same but I don't have one here to test. Standard (non admin users) can not "install" software except in their own home directory just like Linux (though installing to one's home directory is not for the faint of heart). Standard users can not add launch deamons or otherwise modify
Is it bad coding? Yes. Is this the worse coding? No. We've all been pressured to ship and all too often it sucks. But you commented the code indicating that you don't know why it works which helps your or the next person to come along to fix the problem. Points for actually commenting and saying you don't understand, shipping code you don't understand; not good. But the big question is did you go back and review the comments and try to fix the problem (ie understand your code)
I haven't lost my mind -- it's backed up on tape somewhere.