Whenever Debian asks you to get rid of the hotplug package when it’s detected /etc/init.d/hotplug, just do it.
It will spare you a great deal of unnecessary frustrations while you’re trying to figure out why some of your devices aren’t working after a reboot.
For example /dev/lirc and ivtv TV cards requiring firmware.
Wasted half an hour of my life on this….
On a positive note, I’ve finally made myself set up an SVN repository for all my coding stuff. A nice way to keep track of all kinds of silly scripts I wrote and to make sure I’ll never lose “version ‘x’ where function ‘y’ still worked” because it was overwritten with version ‘x++’.