Haha... that's cool. If I were a true kiwi, you'd probably get a different response.... but you know, us english stick together!
Yeah, the juices have been going mental these past few months! Quit my job, started my own freelancy thing and have also teamed up with a few other peeps doing a similar drill. The doco thing I'm co-writing, shooting, editing and mixing the sound... the short film I'm boom/ sound mix boy and there's talk of a music vid coming up soon for a mate of mine where I'll prob just stick to the editing as I'm a crap cameraman!
Yes, I did check out designpro. Looking good all round. I downloaded the flash tutorial recently but have yet to watch it... looking forward to the rest of the Native Instruments too. Rockon Macprovideo!
I must say, I've had a few quirky things happen after a few key installs. Final Cut being one, well, like you say the soundtrack element. And I got one of those Euphonix control units and the software for that has a habit of throwing it's toys every now and then too.
Good point about the laptop setup too but I guess I'm kind of used to it as I have a serato setup I gig on every now and then and I'm used to lugging my hard drives around!