Yesterday, after class, I decided to look around for a book store, and then wander over to the Fry's electronics in Sunnyvale.
It turns out that travel by foot is only an acceptable option for getting around the vast sprawl of Sunnyvale if you have copious spare time.
I walked around for about 4.5 hours. I didn't find a bookstore, mostly because of my own idiocy, but I did find a good Filipino restaurant (Island Food, Fair Oaks, on the west side of the 101), and eventually the Fry's electronics.
This was the first time that I'd set foot in a Fry's, and I could have spent a lot of money there. They had rackmount ATX cases. They had oscilloscopes. They had USB batteries. If only they would have had some cheap Compact Flash, but it seems the smallest they bother stocking is 256MiB. If they'd had something like 32, 64, or even 128MiB, I could have installed OpenBSD on my laptop, and not felt so naked connecting it to the internet.