Oh, one more little tidbit.
I wanted to see something meaningful on my Chronulator, besides the time. So I cranked out a bit of Python code to read the SNMP statistics from my Internet gateway. Now, the "hours" meter shows how much stuff I'm downloading, and the "minutes" meter shows how much stuff I'm uploading! It's pretty cool to load a Web page and see the meters dance around. For extra credit, I set the LED backlights to light up whenever the upload or download rate is above 5%.
If I have some spare time tomorrow, in between all the documentation work, I'll try to make and post a video of the bandwidth indicator. It's fun to watch!
Over the next week, I'm going to see what other gadgets I can code up. I'll put all this stuff on the Web site – for you to learn from and modify for your own evil purposes!