the occasional understandable error.
Ha ha, not a problem at all, It happens to me all the time. And thanks again for the help!

So the new instructions worked fine through "make" and "make install" -- bunch of warnings generated but no errors.

The next two didn't work, though, because apparently the original wireless driver is now gone? It didn't load at all when I turned on the netbook this morning:
# ifconfig wlan0 down
wlan0: ERROR while getting interface flags: No such device
# rmmod rt2860sta
ERROR: Module rt2860sta does not exist in /proc/modules
Presumably something I did yesterday removed the original rt2860sta? Or it's a fluke?