Well, with a little bit of time and the recall of "go north" I found and completed my first task and refired up a computer server. Wendy, it seems, is the computer name, so I wasted some time attempting to strike up a conversation there. Knowing this, it’ll go easier with Nora, Ester and the rest.
Starting off on a new game, I found my progress much faster when not only remembering responses from the prior game, but remembering what doesn’t work. The "go north" was how I managed to get moving in Photopia, and it did the trick for me here as well. Unfortunately, I’ve reached a dead end and coming out of the building, I hung a left (east) and was pleasantly surprised to find that another of my proposed computers is housed in a locale right up the street.
I’m not exactly burning rubber, but then again, I’m having a good time.