Can someone explain to me the big hype about those fancy Arduino boards I've been seeing around?
Hell, or simply post up a link to something that describes it's functionality/usefulness compared to the Picaxe series.
It doesn't matter which "engine" you use. both will get you whre you want to go, albeit with varying amounts of style, grace and speed.
Based on my experience, for quick prototypes and small (cheap) projects the 8, 14, 18, and 20pin PICAXEs are great. Once you reach the poiint where you need more program space and more I/O's, the 28 pin AVR/Arduino offers much more power flexibility and speed than the PICAXE.
Note: don't even consiter POV type displays with the smaller PICAXEs, they are just too darn slow.
PICAXE fans should check out the KicChip, uses a very familiar BASIC and the user interface is light years ahead of the PICAXE. The KicChip even allows the downloading of firmware updates.