Ok, crisis averted. The $5 cable has been shipped, received, and reconnected. Bring on the snow.
As Maddy like to say, "daddy fix it".
Also on the fixed list, the laptop I'm typing this on. Had to install a new hard drive and install XP again. Of course it wasn't quite as straight forward as I would have hoped (learned I had to go into the BIOS and all that). But after a day of downloading and installing patches and what not, it is back up and running. The advantage is it is back to booting up really quick and all that too.
Ok, off to bed.