James wasn't introduced to a soldering iron until he was in his teens. Since the end of his GCSEs he hasn't really used one much either. But starting in 2008 he found an interest in it again and has since been dabbling in home automation and environmental sensing.
AVR Ethernet board
At the moment he is trying to build an ethernet device controlled by a Atmel AVR using the enc28j60 chip. Not the easiest way to do it but it does give you a breadboard with lots of wires coming out of it looking quite impressive.
Insperation and information for this project comes from the data sheets and tuxgraphics.org.