Thanks for the kinds words. It is well-earned, if I say so myself.
In the past year my salary has increased three times. The first was a merit adjustment, the second was a regular cost of living increase, and the third is due to the promotion. It would have been more but my company has a policy that limits yearly increases to a max of $10k or 20%, whichever is smaller.
Currently, I'm the Mac guru. In my new position, I'll become a linux guru and will have my hands into many many projects, from linux desktops to the large computing cluster to virtualized infrastructure (servers and storage). I'm joining the big leagues, so to speak.