#twatch backlight control

I bought a #twatch from SeeedStudio and it arrived today.

It's a PIC with a an Ethernet inteface and an LCD display which queries Twitter every few minutes and displays sample posts from trending topics. I found an old power supply in a box that I'd picked up on recycle day at the local school, and hooked it to a Motorola 802.11-Ethernet bridge from a Fry's sale long ago.

Works great, except for no backlight.

Oh, I see, you have to turn the backlight on over port 1337.

Well, here's some Python code. Note the attractive time.sleep(0.01) at the end. Probably it could also display messages.

Now, if only the trending twitter topics weren't so unpleasant...