I am digging this 'half planter' thing - I have several orchids I still need to mount and this just might do the trick! Your ideas are great -keep 'em coming, please 8-)
Here's a link to what I've put together so far -
No descriptions, yet, and a lot of similar pix, but you should be able to make out some of the features. Your cork bark background is there - also, there are water features, one on each end of the tank.
I agree with you about needing to attach a computer to it and it seems that I've read somewhere that it's possible. Do you visit kingsnake.com forums? They have a very active pdf forum and tons of great information.
What do you have in your tank?