Ike shared his proof of concept project using the Launchpad as a bridge between a HD44780 based LCD and LCDSmartie. The Launchpad’s USB serial emulator is used as the usual communication channel. If you have not hear about LCDsmartie, check out their project page. It can display:

Everest stats, Speedfan stats, MBM stats (your CPU temp, fan/cooler speed, etc), BBC World News (or any other RSS feed!), WinAmp stats (currently playing tracks title, length, position, etc), Network stats (speed, total bytes, etc), CPU Speed, Disk available/free, memory usage, Email details, game stats, and many more…

The PC dll code is hardwired to COM13, as that was the port available on his PC. So remember to change it to your com preference. He also warns  that the software is not “production” ready and is basically a hack. Both code and MSP430 Launchpad/PC side software is available in his thread.