Re: right, data transfer...
If it's too much hassle for you to set up a simple network, then you can always burn your data to cd/dvd and transfer it that way. I like this option because it gives you a permanent backup of your data. Could be a hassle if you have like 40-50gb of data to transfer, but if you have like 5 dvd's worth or less it's a good idea.
When all else fails...Ham Radio!
I still have the same old HP DV9700T laptop I've had for years...still kickin'