Got updated drivers for the capture card, plus their app (which is on the web but not on the CD) and that let me fix the way-off brightness & contrast issue.
InDesign C3 was on my doorstep, it is now installed. First impression is it is very slow, considering it has a quad processor with 4GB of fast DDR2 memory. More later when I re-do my biz cards.
Hooked up my new $10 wired slimline phone, it has dial tone. So now I have an alternative to the cordless set.
And finally, a happy birthday to gil_liant!