I guess Im not the only one, Im a real life developer both microcontrollers and PCs and now Android apps, some of them are critical, so I know what Im talking about when I talk about anything related to technology (micros and programming and digital logic 8)).
But im sick and tired that PRO Hacker say that only TI launchpad and PICS are profesional stuff, im my 14 years experience PICs are considered a kids toy, and MSP430 is the hated one :D, im being doing some creative stuff in Arduino, some of them very critical, my proof of concepts are mostly done by my dozen of Arduinos (Duemilanove, Pro Mini 5v, FIO, LilyPad, UNO R3) in Arduino and my old discontinued FEZ Domino.
Im tired of this people saying, oh you are able to make a RGB led, yo can do it with a 555, some capacitors, resistors, you are such a kid....... , bla bla bla, yeah, make it work with DJ music and room occupacy, (Actually I created 20 like this, embedded in a Bar at my town, and make about 6k profit $) (components not included)) 555, sure, my home is partially automated using arduinos, jjajajaja, I heard someone say, its amazing, i show them the board with Pro Mini and he said, "man youre such a pro" imagine his face when I told them that arduino was embedded there, jajajajaja :P
My 8 year nephew is excited about Arduino, he is taking the basis of a excellent engineer, one wich observe, learn, share, THINK, hack, invent, create modify, and mostly, give possitive critics :zipper_mouth_face:, Im very proud of him, ill teach arduino and serious C/C++ to my son too ;)
Arduino Team, Im a proud Arduino user, thanks for this, now, I can create stuff, not dev boards. :)