Ok, so I've noted this down in a few places already, but in an attempt to get the ball moving a little bit (abet a mm or so), I am wondering if there is a spare raspberry pi hiding around the place? Hopefully with all(most) the stuff that goes with it, e.g. keyboard/monitor/mouse/sd.
If there is one of this free, then that would be great! I could set it up in the corner somewhere and try to get some of the practical stuff started (screenshots here and there, double checking that stuff actually works)