I've been working on a project off and on with a couple of PIRs and a handfull of leds. good work.
also - AVR studio 5 is bloatware, but in all honestly, it only took me 20 min to get it downloaded and installed. not THAT big of a deal. It's a lot more aesthetically appealing than the last version IMO.
Visual studio has a great built in feature for version control support. you can find a free VC online and it will help you keep track of your projects better - if you screw up - just convert back to an older version.
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