Little Wire AVR-ISP

As usual, I’ve been all sorts of busy, with little time to blog about it.
I did recently score a cache of small, nay, tiny AVR chips recently, and my wife had an interest in making something with them (maybe I can get her to guest-blog about it). Anyways, I was at a local hacker meeting this evening and the subject of programming Attinys came up. As it happens, I just built a couple of Little Wire devices, but couldn’t remember the name at the time. For some reason, the name makes me think of Jimi Hendrix. It’s an Attiny85 based device that combines USB Tiny with VUSB. The really cool think about it is that you can make an AVR programmer for roughly $3 USD worth of parts (and considerably more labor, but it’s not work if you love it right?)
The Attiny 85 has a neat feature that I had overlooked until I built this in that it has a built in PLL that lets you run the system off the internal RC oscillator at around 16Mhz. Many other AVR’s lack that PLL, and can only run at 8Mhz maximum without an external crystal.
Little Wire AVR-ISPI like saving my AVR Dragon for when I need to debug or do JTAG.
The easiest way to use Little Wire is with avrdude (I copied the avrdude executable and conf files from the arduino installation into their own folder). I then run:
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