Got through Smiley's "Quick Start," today but not without a few hiccups. (video link at bottom)
1. Soldered AVR TX pin to GND and GND pin to TX.
Details: As I read the book I laughed at Smiley's cautions regarding this connection. "Oh, PLEEEAAASSSEEE" I thought...then, with the Butterfly upside down, proceeded to do just that!
2. No receive from BRAYS terminal.
Details: After switching the GND/TX wires I found that the you cannot enter capital letters in the terminal and you have to have the numeral lock on...or I damaged one of the channels :( It did eventually scroll my name!
3. No 'makefile' on 'Blinky.c'
Details: This is my ignorance regarding the Windows operating system. I struggle moving through all the files sometimes but, can usually stumble across what I need. This time I kept flipping pages back and forth and did not flip back to the one page I needed. Anyway, I could not find the right 'makefile'...I found the template etc and then...under "samples," there it was. I added it and loaded it into AVR Studio 4 and you can see the result on YouTube.
I am digging it very much and hope I can stay motivated when it gets muddy!
EDIT: Video removed due to excessive dweebiness