For those of us old enough to remember the glory days of Infocom, this comes as wonderful news. I really look forward to revisiting the game and seeing if I still remember how to win (probably not). As an aside, I'm pretty sure I still have a copy of the game for the Commodore 64 somewhere in my basement.
Fromt he sounds of it, you're auto-netting (you're probably getting a 169 as your IP address). Most auto-netting can be resolved by doing a Power Cycle. - Turn off the notebook and your desktop. - Unplug the power adapter from your DSL/Cable modem.