I finally broke down and bought this board: http://hackaday.com/2010/02/28/open-source-logic-analyzer-2/
It "seems" like it would be really helpful, the problem I'm having is getting it setup, I am not finding much of a "how to" anywhere. Here are the problems I'm having.
I would like to get it working on both my windows and linux machines, the problem with the windows machine is that using the logic analyzer software I can't see the "capture" button at the bottom of the screen cause of my netbook resolution, and since I can't change my resolution I can't get it working there.
My Ubuntu machine I couldn't find a download for the S/W except in a .exe format, so I had to download and install wine on my machine, but when I plug in my board I'm not sure if it's detected. There appears to be a rxtx module I need to setup and install. But I'm not sure what version I should use. I found links to some of this from the comments (where I in fact commented) here: Dangerous Prototypes
does anyone have any good suggestions on what to do at this point?
Also anyone have/know of a clear step by step guide (with possibly copy paste commands for the command line portion? as the wget calls can get hard to read and I'm not sure what the link is most times)