Crusty - that first project was a surface mount adaptation of Jeff Keyzer's Geiger counter, with an ATTIY2313. The home built programmer worked fin for it. I've since used an Arduino as programmer and purchased an actual Atmel programmer.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.