Just made my first SMD soldering
November 3, 2010
Looks pretty good to me. I haven't tested the chip in action yet so I can't tell if it survived the process. Following Sparkfun's SMD HowTo (http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/tutorial_info.php?tutorials_id=36) it took me about 30-45 mins from start to finish. I think I bridged every pin on the chip but solder wick really does miracles! If this thing works I have to say it wasn't that hard.
Update Nov 4, 2010:
It works like a dream, well almost. I had some issues with Picaxe 28x2 and data transfer from FT232R to 28x2 didn't work. It worked just fine to the other direction. I had problems with Picaxe 08M too but got it working after I started using pin 3 instead of pin 1 for serin command. I didn't read the manual very carefully for serxxx commands so it might just be a RTFM thing. With ATTiny2313 it works like a dream even at 250k baud.
Not much to say about it so I'll just post some pictures of finished USB Serial thingy. (Could do a new "Something else" but I'm feeling kinda lazy)
Testing with 08M, ProgEdit and Putty
That's about it.