The Business of Appreciation
One of the awards in life which await you when you (a) have a family and (b) have earned a Ph.D. in computer science is that you are promoted to 1st, 2nd and 3rd level IT support. And if you are immensely lucky you become the CTO of the family business en passe.
So if your Mama (aka the Windows expert) "configures" Windows to an untimely death, then it is you who incarcerates the Windows instance into VMware and to run a locked-down Linux box underneath.
If your Mama (aka the Linux expert) gets a new laptop, then it is you who beats Debian onto a Gericom Phantom with an abysmally crippled BIOS.
If your Mama (aka the FreeCell expert) also wants to have mobile Internet access, so that she can write letters to the editors whereever and whenever she likes, then it is you who makes the Huawei E220 trigger udev into starting the network interface, and it is you who debugs PPP just to figure out why the box does not get decent DNS settings from your HSDPA provider.
And if your wife is taking over the family business for trophies, engravings, signs and stamps, then it is you who configures the Apache to host her interim website.
I wonder who it will be in a few month's time to build a product database and extend the web site into an online shop.
Luckily, this is the business of appreciation. Maybe I get a trophy at the end.