The case arrived today, the DVI-to-HDMI video cable, and the HDMI-to-HDMI video cable. A card reader that says that it reads SDHC cards arrived, but it doesn't read any of the SDHC cards that I have. Bah. And I found another 8gb SDHC card; this was hiding in the old Nokia smartphone, which I haven't used since I inherited Susan's iPhone, and which I probably never will use. I also installed Fedora for Raspberry on a 4gb SD card which isn't SDHC, so I was able to access it from the Linux computer, and fix it so that it has a static IP address - I think it already was starting up the ssh server, but I changed the default from graphic GUI on startup, to a text screen, because I'm not planning to use the GUI if I can help it. I also hunted out a powered USB hub and a USB keyboard.
All I need now, is to unwrap the Pi on my birthday and plug it in. But I doubt if it will be as simple as that.