Gordon's Raspberry Pi Ladder Board
In my several month absense from all things Raspberry Pi, I have neglected to enthuse about a number of great little projects which I have quietly noted and then, admittedly, forgotten about.
Gordon ( of WiringPi fame amongst other things ) has produced one such project in the guide of the Raspberry Pi Ladder board, a great little starer board that puts an onus on low cost and simplicity, yet offers an excellent introduction to Raspberry Pi GPIO and a surprising amount of potential for something that comprises only a very tidily presented 10 LEDs and 4 switches.
You can pick up the kit for a paltry £5.99 from Tandy and in addition to offering a GPIO starting point it's a great little introduction to through-hole soldering that even I could confidently cobble together.
I hope to get my hands on one soon, for a full review, a redux of my Ruby Binary Clock with shiny new features and a photo diary of my abysmal soldering skills.