with huge thanks to the patience and extra equipment of wastededucation, i finally got the data i wanted and got windows reinstalled and computer1 and computer2 networked and talking nicely to each other.
and now i'm finally on the laptop, after doc used it all day while i was busy, so of course felix is on my lap. it's dinner time and i have no wet food for them. they aren't going hungry they have dry food to eat. they just won't get their treat. i feel so bad.