I'm a new member here and I was hesitant to post my newb questions because I was afraid they wouldn't be worth answering from the expert programmers/electrical engineers here. But I got my answers!
I just want to say that I'm impressed with the friendliness of this community and especially those who helped me. So thank you! I wish there was an easy way to tip someone in forums (without having to login to paypal, etc). Someone smart out there should design a forum that integrates a tipping system! All I ask is 49% of the company. ;-)
Anyways, thanks again people.