Greetings from the Philippines! Hello to the AVR Freaks Forum! Today is my first full day with the ATMEGA168 Development board, a birthday gift from ProtoStack. (The ATMEGA168 isn't sold locally in the Philippines, or at least, I can't find it.)
Before I continue, I must mention that I started off with microcontrollers on March 4, 2010, with the Atmel 89Cx051 series mCU. I succeeded in the projects I wanted to do with Atmel 89Cx051 mCUs, so I moved onto the Microchip Technology's PIC16F877A in Mid-April, and just completed my first, successful prototype product. -- I've been a C/C++ programmer since the early 1990s.
Now, I'm starting to learn the ATMEGA168 mCU. Immediately, I loaded up my Atmel programming tools that I used for AT89Cx051 development and discovered that AVR products are not an option. And so, I am in the process of downloading AVR Studio, since it's free (thanks to the link I found in AVR Freaks).
Anyways, I'm probably more of a freak than anyone else is. Actually, I'm a pure geek with a sarcastic personality. I hope to meet other AVR freaks that could probably "jump-start" me from Newbie to Professional in the shortest amount of time.
Thanks for allowing me into AVR Freaks. Have a nice day.