Well it was my configuration that was messing me up.
I have it running ok now.. for the HD and the STiNG.. I can get online with it. Browsing I think is a write off period, just no current pages out there that will render in pure HTML .. everything CSS and java, etc,etc,
BUT I can get on the boards with TELNET, and I can also IRC. and I assume get emails.
As I have said about the 8-bit and I will say it for the ST wish forums like this had some sort of NEWSGROUP access or something that could work on a text browser or something.