the ubercomputer is fixed, and I am worried
Thanks to kmhess for jump starting my brain. I don't know what in the name of pete happened, but the fact that I could ping with IP addresses made me take a second look at my TCP/IP set up. Which, somehow, was set wrong. My DNS servers were missing, which I didn't think they were, since I could get most sites. I don't know what the hell happened. Or why it's wrong in Linux too. It actually concerns the hell out of me.
Somewhat relieved to be writing this from the ubercomputer, and somewhat disquieted, as well.
I am paranoid by nature, and man, this weirds me out. What the hell zorched the settings on both OSes?
I guess it depends on where etc/resolv.conf pulls its information from. I thought wvdial.conf. But I have to admit it's been a long time since I looked at wvdial.conf.
I suppose the good news is the computer is pretty isolated in my little office, and if people really want to commandeer my whopping 36K connection... well, more power to them. Just don't take my LISNews!