Here is a link for a bunch more info on the Sheevaplug:
I think the Sheevaplug is just so darn neat. All that juice in the palm of your hand.
Just recently I re-flashed my old Sheevaplug with the new Ubuntu 9.04 Arm build. After the re-flash the USB/RS232 cables started working for the first time. Seems there was some problem with the old Debian build.
OK, so here is the deal, I'm playing with a bunch of Zigbee radios that generate a few RS232 messages every second. I want to log all those messages so I can analyze them later. Just shoving all those strings into a text file would not be difficult. But, that makes it hard to handle. Plus, it would make it hard to look at the data while the data being collected. Also consider, I'm collecting data for weeks and weeks. Just how big that text file would grow is anybodies guess.
The solution to large amounts of data is a MySQL database. And the solution to pumping data into a MySQL database is Python.
Read on to understand all the plumbing involved in getting your Sheevaplug to pack all that data into a database for you.
Can you tell I'm rather smitten with the Sheevaplug? Disclaimer, although it sounds like I'm a salesman for the Sheevaplug, I'm not. I have no personal interest in the plug other than I think it is cool.