A pleasant way of installing debian is by putting a friend’s hard drive in your machine and using debootstrap described in:
An operation like :
/usr/sbin/debootstrap --arch i386 woody /mnt/debinst http://ftp.fi.debian.org/debian
It just cool… :) No need for downloading .isos etc. Perfect if the friend’s machine does not have a floppy/cd drive too.