Hmm It looks like I got enthusiastic about this stuff 3 years too late, not much activity here. These things are still cool though.
I guess I'll reply to myself. The first thing I'll say to myself is "You made no sense!" well, I know, if anyone cares to get the sense of what I did, let me know and I'll go buy batteries for my digital camera :)
I did build a shield around the whole top part of the mini-pci card wich encloses the wire and the connector as well. I simply used air-conditioning duct tape, you know, the alluminum duct tape for air-conditioning duct work. I left the paper backing on it other than for the very edges and "formed" a shield that wraps over the card.
Soldering that was more fun than de-soldering the connector from the pci card. I scratched some more "green stuff" in a few points along the perimeter (making sure it only touches ground parts of the card) and also scratched the sourface of the alluminum tape in hope it would make it a little easier to solder on it and I guess it does (a little).
Popped the contraption back in the GCT put the shield back started it first with the midori CF and I had the same problem with the keyboard not working. Tried turning off, and hooking my hard drive to it (Debian "Unstable") and Joy oh Joy! I tried the Midori again multiple times with the antenna at different angles, it only did it once more other than that once, I couldn't replicate the problem anymore. Beats me! I guess once I get a pigtail for an external antenna it will get even better.
Now for the milions of linux users holding their breath (Right?) the good news is, The card works flawlessly with the linux driver mentioned a few posts above. The driver is a little limited and a work in progress. It doesn't yet support all the features the card does, but it works well, and yes it connects at 22Mb/s if compatible access point on the other end.
"Your mouse has moved. You must now restart windows for the changes to take effect. [OK]"