Things are looking really up, as my water, and gas are back on; phone was turned on and off again, got over zealous at paying old debts off. halfway out. :)
Haven't had time to mess with the IDE bridge or ISA bridge, but I have gotten katie working on my server, ubercool. Now I can treat my personal server exactly like the debian servers, becasue its running the same software.
looking forward to payday on thursday. :)