I thought about going out to buy a microcontroller from Parallax but had second thoughts when I saw its price. I like the idea of not having to worry about the unknown if something unpredictable should happen 'cause all I have to do is contact Parallax's tech support people. Also it comes with an instructional book that guides you step by step on how to set it up etc. However, I wouldl like to learn how to build one so I can better understand how microcontrollers work. I read in the tutorial section that one can use the augmented board to test out ideas and such. I would really like to take this approach to learning the microcontroller, too bad there isn't more info on this. If there are web materials or video tutorials out there on this please inform me. Thank you in advance for your response.