Is there any kit-building/parts advantage to owning an FTDI cable or FTDI Friend as opposed to an UNO?
RBBB:"Specifications •2.1mm power jack•Arduino Diecimila bootloader•ATmega328 Chip"I have a couple of FTDI Basic's, I use them all them to download sketches into standalone boards. No messing around with string a bunch of wires to an Arduino - just plug it onto 6 pins & go.
Could always fake your way into a Mega:Schmartboard $10ATmega2560 $12.86http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Atmel/ATmega2560-16AU/?qs=sGAEpiMZZMtkfMPOFRTOl4TPj%252bk4h3O1(shop around)xtal, 22 pf caps, 100nF caps, 10K resistor - <$1, dip micro.comheader pins - depends on your needs.Learning experience: priceless.Wire it up like a bare-minimum arrduino.
If your project is small enough you can always use the Attiny85, only $2.50 each ... I just ordered 10 of them.