I made a decision: this time I would invest in my ambitions; that instead of getting frustrated, I would put some effort and time and money into getting better. A kit bag is not just hardware, its the digital darkroom, quality viewing equipment, a good printing house, and the time to read and learn.
As well as my Sony Cybershot, I have a Nikon D700, which I upgraded to from a Nikon D70s, which is now an ornament on my bookcase!
My Digital Darkroom is a mixture of Aperture 3.x and Nik Software plug-ins which is installed on an Apple iMac 27 inch
For those images I want to hang on my wall I use Whitewall.
My unofficial education is driven by my Muse who knows far more about art and aesthetics and imagery than I ever will; by getting into the habit of taking my camera with me wherever I travel; and by learning about the how and the why of others.