Thanks for the reply. Looks like I can install fontforge on Windows with cygwin, so I might play with that for a bit, since I already have cygwin installed.
Gives me something to play with while compiling code, I suppose.
I'm new to typography in general, so most of what you said went right over my head, but I'll play around in fontforge to see if I can learn anything. Is there a really easy way to tell if a font is hinted?