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Wow. This is some flu bug. I feel like someone hit me smack in my face with a bag of bricks. We arranged for Anne to stay at her grandparents' along with Faith, so I'm home alone, with "Puddle of Grace" playing on iTunes.
In other news, the <a href="http://apple.com/macbookpro/">17" Macbook Pro</a> is now for sale. The 13 incher rumoured to be slated for launch in a few months will definitely fuel the temptation to upgrade. I'm still currently running on my 12" 867mhz for work. I'm no qualms bringing my own gear to work, but when upgrading is required, I feel the pinch paying for hardware and software I use for someone elses' benefit. It's not that my employers have always asked me to come with my own equipment, but having run my own business for a while, I've streamlined the way I work, the software I use and even the dual monitor setup for cross-browser testing. So far in all my jobs I've been breaking new ground, so there haven't been any established methods of working to adhere to.
I never thought of myself as a civil servant, but this afternoon in a drug-induced semi-coma I thought to myself, "I like my job". And it's true too. I like it that I don't face management resistance when it comes to implementing web standards. My bosses know that I make user experience my main priority – that I really do want to create tools that'll help educators in Singapore do their job.
Oh, for those of you who don't already know – I work for the <a href="http://www.moe.gov.sg/">Ministry of Education in Singapore</a>. Yes I know that the website doesn't validate and isn't semantically coded. We'll be working on the internet revamp sometime later this year. I've managed to move a major portion of the intranet to a more standards-compliant state. It's tough to keep things clean when you have more than a hundred people of varying degrees of tech-savvy putting up content on a content management system that sometimes doesn't play fair.
Ok, I've got a fever and cold to feed / starve.

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