The sysadmin at sru emailed me, telling me that they got my old hardware and old HD up and running again. So I've got a tar-over-ssh pipeline running, sucking over the contents of /home, /etc, /root, and /var. From what's poured out of that pipe already, I've been able to restore into it's new home my /home/mark/web, and so my personal web pages are working again.
As soon as that pipeline is done, I'm cancelling at sru. Even tho they are waiving my rental fee for the month.