In the early '90s a co-worker turned me onto Microchip's PIC devices. The PIC12C508 instantly became my favorite IC in the whole wide world.

Over the years I've used several different PIC variants for projects, but the 12F508 remains my favorite. Especially in the SO8 package - it's just so cool that an entire standalone processor can fit in 4mm x 6mm!
The migration of Flash parts (in 2004 for the '508) was huge step forward... my UV eraser now collects dust.

I've used the following parts:
In addition to the custom tools that I've created, I use:
Questions? Comments? email me!