From this is sounds like, at least partly, you want to work to make some money so that you can buy some hardware of your own choosing. Yes, buying your own hardware with money you made at a job you love would be the best of both worlds, but buying the hardware you want with money from a "crap" job you don't want means that the job isn't a completewaste of time. Still, it's up to you to perform your own cost benefit analysis.
What type of places do your friends work in and what type of functions do they perform? Did they have any work experience before hand? If yes, then that work experience might have helped them get their current job. If no, then see if they can give you some pointers. Maybe they know someone who was able to hook them up with the jobs, in which case maybe their contacts can help you. If they applied without any reference and with no prior work experience, find out what they wrote on their application or CV and what they said in their interviews if you can apply their answers to your own circumstances. Maybe you'll get lucky.
Also, in response to your statement that a job you don't want to do is a waste of your time, consider my work experience over the past 22 years:
Job 1 - Earning my allowance from ages 5 to 16. Ages 5-8 we lived on a farm in Canada where I would help shovel manure in the barn and pick rocks and certain weeds out of our 60+ acre field. Ages 8+ I lived in the suburbs of the States where I mowed the lawn, helped reroof our house, helped build a large brick patio off the back of our house, did LOTS of digging for various home improvement projects, and helped to fix up a 100 year old house we rented out (tearing the plaster off of wood slat walls during most of a summer in a house with no AC is not a fun time). The allowance I earned over all this time allowed me accumulate a decent savings for college and to buy my own used, old, but reliable and in my opinion awesome first car. The car provided me the mobility to get:
Job 2 - Store clerk at Walgreens when I was 16. With the money from this job I could afford to go out with my friends, as well as to save up for college. The experience I got at this job helped to to get:
Job 3 - Cashier at Best Buy when I was 17 (I changed jobs because it payed $2/hr more). Again I could afford to hang out with my friends and save for college.
Job 4 - Mover for a moving company during the summer between my 1st and 2nd years at college. I HATED this job, but it paid well.
Job 5 - Cashier at a grocery store during my last few years of college. There were a few other people filling out applications at the same time, so I feel pretty confident that my experience from jobs 2 and 3 helped me to beat out the competition and get hired on the spot. I worked hard, and as a result, when I graduated college I was promoted to an Assistant Customer Service Manager ahead of several other people with more years of seniority. This allowed me to make a living while I searched for a job to suit my degree in engineering. Already in 2006 a lot of grads from my class were having trouble finding work. However, my existing position within this grocery company gave me an inside edge to get:
Job 6 - My current position as an engineer at the grocery company's headquarters. It's a good job that I enjoy doing, and I'm able to earn a comfortable living at a time when a lot of others are less fortunate.
None of jobs 1 through 5 were jobs that I wanted to do (I've grown to HATE retail), but they were definitely not a waste of time because they all add up to where I am now. In addition, while working jobs 1 through 5, I never thought they would lead to a good career position. It goes to show you that hidden opportunities can exist even in "crap" jobs.
Again, maybe you'll get lucky and get a job you love right off the bat. Maybe I'll win the lottery. Either scenario would be great. Regardless, a lot of people in this thread are giving you good advice based on their personal experiences. It would be wise of you to drop the attitude and accept that advice graciously.
Damn. Didn't realize the topic had changed while I was writing my long post. My family has had 4 dogs and 10+ cats through the years. Based on my experience I can safely say dogs > cats.