So Canon did it put Humpty Dumpty back on the wall. The digital Cantax has returned, with a new (quieter?) shutter and a repaired lens release mechanism too.
They removed every inch of gaffer tape from the camera (I had peeled back a lot before sending it in, but they were far more thorough). Surprisingly, however, they left the Russian "brain-transplant" software in place...
Guess I'll add re-taping to my to-do list. I've come to realize I've got quite a stack of recently-purchased and never-read books, including the Parr Photobook: A History which had been backordered for so long. Martin Parr will be appearing here in San Francisco on the 24th I'd better get to reading!
All this and Iron Python, MacWorld, and EI 2006 in the next couple of weeks too! Guess it was good that I got out a little over the break because it looks like I'll be working, studying, and staying focused for a bit.