I ran across this this morning: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=191643
Most sites automatically assume a MS network and sharing between an MS machine and a Linux machine. It's not easy to find Linux only network info. Also most info is server oriented and distributed by server wise users. To have desktop user deciphered info for simple connection problems is over looked. This is why I think desktop support (single user and small networks) should be forked out of system administration (more focused on large networks). We think because Linux is scalable all info should apply. In theory yes, in practice no. Caring for a forest is an ecosystem, then there is tending to a single tree or a group of trees in your back yard.
Also check out Synergy a software KVM for controlling multiple networked PCs from one keyboard and mouse.
And check out Guake Terminal, a terminal with an invisibility cloak and one key activation/deactivation (F12).
Unless everyone else knows this stuff; than I ain't as nerdy as I thought.
Relax Jaws, that's it, stretch out with your feelings, we are mostly noobie-wons, all learning the ways of open source.