On Tuesday, bopeepsheep went to the dentist's and missed a delivery by about 30 minutes. It was the laptop again, despite the fact that I had told them to come on Wednesday.
In the evening, we christened the Cube by having our first game of Mario Karting. It awarded me a golden buggy or something - I forget the details, and J hadn't inserted the memory card correctly so we didn't get to save the game data.
On Wednesday, the wireless card (which I should have ordered in the first place to save a lot of trouble) turned up. It's identical to the one that bopeepsheep is currently using, so of course it won't work in the old laptop - but that no longer matters.
bopeepsheep and smallclanger went out in the morning (to PEEP baby-group and the library) and didn't find a card from the delivery firm when they got back. But J had to stay in all afternoon waiting for it, and just when I was contemplating the inconvenience of having to drive to Didcot to collect the blasted thing, it finally arrived (at 5.10pm). I had a little play with it in Windows - didn't do anything much but I did investigate some software for programming a digital badge on behalf of someone else, which requires a Windows machine but wasn't important enough to bother bopeepsheep with to try it on her machine. One noteable thing about the delivery is that they had completely ignored my order of a network card (not even a note to say that it was out of stock or whatever). smallclanger was a lively soul and wanted to climb about instead of going to bed, so we didn't get any more games in.
Yesterday some more shiny things arrived from Amazon. For some reason, bopeepsheep had ordered the first series of Blake's 7 on DVD for me. Not that she needs a reason, of course. :-) Another thing which arrived was Super Monkeyball 2 which is a present for both of us, really.
I've started installing Fedora Core 2 on the laptop - conveniently enough, FC2 was released on Tuesday afternoon, so I had the CDs ready by the time the laptop arrived. However, I've noticed that the screen of the laptop isn't in tip-top condition. It has a few noticeable light patches, and one dark scratch-like mark (which doesn't actually seem to be a scratch despite looking like one). My nearly-seven-year-old ThinkPad 380D has a better quality screen, and so does bopeepsheep's 600E, which we bought second-hand one year ago. So I went to bed with that kind of sinking feeling I sometimes get when it all seems like I've made a terrible mistake. (Nevertheless, that feeling usually subsides quite quickly, so doubtless things aren't as bad as I've made them out to be.) It's not that I missed out on the offer that the_muttster pointed to about half an hour after I'd placed an order (incidentally, that particular offer is no longer available), but that of the two suppliers I chose the wrong one, chiefly on the basis of the net-card (that in any case never showed up).
Anyway, this morning I solicited bopeepsheep's opinion and she thinks the markings aren't actually that bad, so in the scheme of things I'm probably overreacting and I'll get used to it before long. (If all else fails we can swap machines - she won't be too displeased to swap a P2/400 with 160MB for a P3/900 with 256MB).
I haven't got the wireless card to work in FC2 yet; the hardware is apparently detected and can be messed-around-with using iwconfig, but it remains in "not ready" state. I've found the web page for the driver (which says the card should work perfectly), so it's probably just a case of going down the README and making sure everything's in place. However, I note that the driver doesn't support WPA yet, which is a slight disappointment as I was going to turn that on once the network is up and running. (Windows 98 doesn't support it either, and that's the other operating system on this machine.)
Update: Well, emailing them to say I was a bit unhappy paid off, as they have offered an exchange (they bring a box, I send them away with the old box). I have told them to deliver to the lab, to save J missing them again while she is at the dentist (again). And they apologised for overlooking the net card.
Update 2: I did manage to get the wireless card working - it needed the firmware file, which can be found on the CD of Windows drivers which comes with the device (or on the Linux driver web page).