Looks like their network card is broken (and the main computing people agreed). I got their files off the laptop and onto a spare desktop so the laptop can be sent back for a warrenty repair. How did I get the files off? I just copied them off via the network (which I couldn't find a fault with). I'm not bothering telling people, my story is I used a PCMCIA network card that I have and thats that. This member of staff is a nightmare user - they shouldn't be let near a computer in truth. Thats life though.
Tomorrow - normal work until late afternoon. I'm moving the webserver onto another machine as the bigger drives have finally arrived. Luckily I was able to get a couple of old Sun Ultra 10's of the main computer department (its who you know). As the server is a Sun Ultra 5 I can take the drives out of the Ultra 5 and put them directly into the Ultra 10 because the only difference between the two is the case. The Ultra 5 is a desktop case, the Ultra 10 a tower - sneaky eh;-)
Now for the silly observation, maybe not so silly but strange. Every couple of months or so I check websites for flights to visit (invade) the US. As a quick check I use Pittsburgh and San Francisco as my destinations. I used a 3(ish) week period in mid March to early April 07 with 'flexible' dates to improve the cost.
London to Pittsburgh (via New York) - £327.60
London to San Francisco (via Philadelphia) - £318.60 (I could go via Amsterdam for £5 cheaper)
So - that doesn't seem right but its close enough. They both would be slightly higher as a couple of charges are missing (which are about the same for both) - but it just doesn't seem right. I checked it twice and got the same result.
Werid - its almost £10 cheaper to fly across the US than it is to stop on the closer side.
Don't panic though - you're safe from me as I don't have the spare cash (I could get tickets on my credit card but I'm fairly sensible with money). Although in a couple of years if my situation doesn't radically change you could be in danger of invasion of a mad musician.