Haha, thats a pretty funny story.
Good news all: I went in last night (Nov 4, 2000) and finally found a decent manager, who just opened the case unhooked the security cables, and stated: "You want this as-is? There's no power-supply" So I said, "Yeah at a resonable price, I know this "model" was going for $99" So he says, "As-is, no return, 50 bucks." "OK" says I. He takes the thing up to the cashier, tells her how to ring it up, I pay with Credit card, and leave on my merry way.
Got home, hooked up my old power supply, and it works fine, I don't foresee any problem hacking this one like the last 2. Thats right, I now have 3 functioning I-openers all bought after the hoopla broke out. I hope to have one in my car as a GPS/MP3 device, and the other two as network nodes in my house when I get DSL and a home network functioning.
I foresee one as working like an Internet-Phone device to cut down on Long-Distance, and checking my e-mail from the living room. We'll see.