Ian wrote a nice instructables how-to on building a USB thermometer using a PIC 18F2550. It’s surface mount, but that’s doable with a very fine tip and all parts are available through-hole. The controller provides all the I/O needed for the USB interface and the data collection. It looks like a great intro for building USB interfaces to your projects. He also wrote up how to syndicate the data for the web.
Dylan Field sent us our first Chumby hack tip. Oh, and I got a new daughter too. (So I’m a little tired.)