A bit of improvement
I'm in the institute lab right now, booting from a pen drive (Slax). But tomorrow I'll get my external HDD and plug it in and try to be productive. These labs are only meant for 'academics' which means there are caps on downloads, so I can't even download firefox without it being interrupted. Also we haven't got our IDs yet, so this connection is thanks to a senior who was kind enough to let me use his account.
Also there is a firewall/proxy which means no IM sites or IM protocols are allowed. This does kind of suck, but it is better than nothing. And this is only till December ( or so I hope ). Cheers, I'll update this tomorrow.
PS. No CD drives on any computer, how do I install Arch? Probably go home and do it