An anonymous reader writes: If you are too cheap to buy a $20 Arduino or too elitist to not have at least a 32-bit processor, Dr. Dobb's shows you how to take a $2 chip but it on a breadboard with a TTL serial (or USB) cable and be up and running with a 32-bit C/C++ system. Even if you have to buy the breadboard and the cable it is comparable in price to an Arduino and much more capable. The Mbed libraries (optional) make it as easy to use a 'duino, too.
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