I finally bought a modem and started my subscription to America On Live.
When you first subscribe, they give you a free hour-just to get you started. My first session was an hour and a minute. There was barely enough time to get started and I haven't found a good source for learning C++.
It's an interesting experience so far and I am very slowly being hooked onto that experience that captured both John's and Betsy's imagination. More about it later.