Lovely, lovely, lovely. Feels so nice against my brain. I explained the whole thing out to my father, and he said two fairly astute things: "Wow..." when I explained that it's free, and "So the graphical Windows thing is just kind of watered-down stuff anyway?" He knows how to turn a computer on and play F-15 Strike Eagle on it, so I felt I'd explained things properly at that point.
My attention span has gone to hell; sometimes I find myself looking at the cursor, trying to figure out what I was just *trying* to do. In today's case, I figured the essentials of Vim out, and I'm fairly happy with it. Attempted to write a filter today, but haven't tested it yet.
Rooting around on the web has produced good news. I want to use my parallel port Zip drive on the 486, and it appears that's entirely possible. (Hell, some ambitious types figured out ways to boot directly from a Linux installed entirely on a single Zip disk from an IDE Zip drive. Doesn't help me, but it's nice to know it can be done.) If I can get the Zip working with it, I'll multiply my storage capacity by a factor of 3 or so. That would be handy if I decide to use this thing as a DNS server in the future or keep it around for minimalist web browsing or something.
My SOTF showed me something about three months into living together that I'd never known: If you *boil chicken stock*, you can *cook noodles in it*, and it's essentially *soup*. (I hear you. "Duh." Well, sue me, I miss the obvious sometimes.) Anyway, I picked up a couple bags of frozen tortellini specifically for use with Better Than Boullion(sp?), a marvelous little product. Not any safer for the animals, if that's one's concern -- but that is only marginally my concern. It makes delicious broth.