I'm finally moved in at my new hovel in Waterloo! It took me two days to pack, and three days to set up my room. My power-chaining situation is begging for disaster, as I have almost twenty devices hooked into a single wall outlet. Mostly low draw audio gear, so I should be fine. I think ours was the first house on the street to get electricity, since none of our outlets were grounded. After a quick to Home Depot and some rewiring, all is now well.
There are entire web sites devoted to making the Thinkpad 600e suck less. I finally got sound working more or less with the latest ALSA driver. Next step is to write an ALSA driver for my BiPort serial MIDI interface.
Spent 10 minutes hacking the 2.0 3c59x driver in attempt to get the 3c450 to work in 100mbit mode on our router box. I cheated and just munged the PCI device IDs in the driver. It worked fine for awhile in 10mbit mode, then started flaking out. We plan to upgrade the router box to 2.2 RSN, so at that point I'll backport the 2.3.99 3c450 support to 2.2 (should be ridiculously trivial).