To continue on the laptop project, I got the WiFi fixed I believe, the new driver worked.
Took it back, and the owner told me I could use it, she didn't need it. I was thrilled, so I took it home, and am now happily typing away on it. I plan to upgrade its 512 MB of RAM to the full 2 GB so Ubuntu 10.10 or OpenSUSE 11.3 can run on there speedily. Problem right now is dough, I don't even have a bank account lol.
In other news, I have been joining random IRC channels, fighting my Chrome fever (as it really isn't faster than Opera) and playing FPS games on iPod and laptop.