[glow]It's Breaking News![/glow]
Hello Everybody! I'm Kuya Marc, the founding director of the original 1992 MirandaSoft (from USA, presently offline). (I hate talking about myself!)
June 2010 - ProtoStack from Australia instroduces me to Atmel AVR with the ATmega168 Development Kit & USBasp, as my birthday gift.
September 2010 - I began teaching myself the Arduino Programming Language, on my own. Became a Lone Gunman at Arduino!
October 2010 - I began experimenting with Arduino bootloaders with the ProtoStack boards.
November 2010 - Successfully constructed two Arduino-compatible boards using ATmega8L mCUs with 16 MHz crystals.
December 2010 - Completed building a total of 12 Atmel AVR boards for the year 2010. 9 of those boards are Arduino-compatible!
January 2011 - I've deleted my hobby blog and Signed up with Arduino Forum. I figured it's time to meet other Arduino hobbyists.
Locally Available Atmel AVRs (Metro Manila, Philippines): ATtiny2313V, ATmega8515, ATmega8L,
ATmega169PV, and ATmega128. I won't consider ATmega169PV and ATmega128 because I don't know how to do SMT soldering!
Incoming, as of this writing, from Seeed Studio: Seeeduino V2.2 (ATmega328), Wiznet Ethernet Shield, SD Card Shield, a 2 8x8 Red matrix LED squares. (That was the limitation of my PayPal account!)
New for 2011: I plan to start Ethernet and SD Card projects with Arduino, using my (future, not yet arrived) Seeeduino board.
Originally, I was going to get the Arduino UNO from RS Components Philippines, as referred by the Arduino Team, but they're too slow, and seemed to have forgotten about me when I was ordering from Seeed Studio website. As of this writing, I have cancelled my order with RS Components, 3 hours ago, because they refused to lower the price of the Arduino UNO.
However, the Arduino UNO is presently on my shopping cart at Seeed Studio. I waiting for my first order to arrive before paying for my second order.
Why do I still want to buy the Arduino UNO? I have built 9 Arduino-compatible boards, so far. As I told my wife, it's time for me to buy the real branded thing, so I can experience Italian-made electronics technology. (Seeeduino, to experience Chinese-made microcontroller development board technology; not sold locally.)
Anyways, this is all for now. Have a nice day, everybody!