hahaha.... you bet it is going to be great fun.... I never programmed a PIC before, but shouldn't be so difficult.. :)
already tried to activate this amount of LEDs using shift registers, but blinking was unacceptable....though it worked fine
so now i am cascading AS1130s as shown in datasheet page 1 and connect them to a Freescale MS9S08JM16 (sorry Arduino folks, next time).... and will use all of the current segments, but not all LEDs.... i will balance each segment so i have similar number of LEDs on each of them.....
hope it works!!!.... i am not willing to show characters but will use LED configuration as shown in FIG.26 page 31, dropping out some LEDs
will upload schematics as soon as i finish off some connections doubts regarding EEPROM