Hi Paul & Darryl,
i told it to the manager on duty and (after his rather "unmotivated" reactions) wrote an email to MTN (thats the outsourced contractor/service provider) with CC to NCL.
As this mail was very specific (especially in technical terms) about the faulty installations i would have expected something. Well, not a change, but at least a reaction.
But nobody should get me wrong. The speed and availability was good (especially if one recalls to be sitting on a moving ship at sea!). It is just that i find it pretty disturbing to work with a system so obviously mis-configurated as theses systems were.
I would not like to imagine how a non-pro, regular computer-user would run into this pitfall when he actually uses the net to tunnel into his company's network at home (or something like this.). Every user after him would have been able to see and use his private resources at will. It is (was?) simply a very sloppy configurated system.
My 2 cents on this: Take your own laptop, configure it to survive in a pretty open network and you'll be perfectly fine, since nobody messes with your "schlepp-top"
BTW: 5 megpixel for 8 days... If i get my math right, you should be perfectly fine with a 4GB SD/CF- or-whatever-memory card. My SLR has 12 megpixel and i am using a 4gb card for highres pics. Even without sorting out the worst cases every evening you should be fine with that. As even 8gb cards come available this (or 2x4gb)might be more conviniant as to schlepp around an additional thing.
But this thought might only be right if you would do nothing else than saving pics to the laptop. Any DVD-watching, playing, listening to audio-books etc. would of course change this dramatically in favour for the laptop