Even though IT isn't my core competency, I've gotten to do a lot of really satisfying IT stuff lately. My server room is all nice and clean, all of my old servers are replaced with new ones (except for the domain controller, but who gives a damn about that one anyway?), and I just finished setting up development and testing environments for the largest web application suite my company makes. And I did it entirely using virtual machines. In fact, everything except my domain controller and my file server are running in virtual machines now, from FTP to Sharepoint to Apache to OracleDB 10g; it's so much more flexible to work with VMs, the way I can copy them from host to host as needs be. All in all, I'm running 11 VMs on three host machines, with 24 cores and 32GB of RAM and ~2TB of disk space between them. Nothing awe-inspiring, I suppose, but it's cool to have that much hardware at my call -- and to actually have something useful to do with it. With all that out of the way, now I just gotta get more design work. It's just my luck that the project lead I was making flowcharts for quit his job a month after I started working for him.