I guess I should know better at my age, but despite having enough to keep me occupied, I succumbed to temptation ('cos it was cheap!), and bought this Velleman 'PIC Programmer kit', breadboard, jumper wires and power supply, basically just to (hopefully) learn and have a play with. As some of the recent MERG kits use PIC's (Programmable Integrated Circuits), I reckon it's about time I got at least some understanding of what it's all about. As an aside to this, as I have an unused 'Windoze' desktop PC, I've also decided that I'll return it to use 'Windows 7', connect my Lenz L1-USB link, download JMRI and Java software and see if I can manage to use this PC to run my layout. Who know's, I might even consider turning over points operation to the PC as well, but for now, one step at a time! As I'm not a Windoze user normally (I have an iMac), I'll likely have a steeper learning curve than most would, so many daft questions/help appeals on the forum may result from this leap in the dark! The older I get, the dafter I get, it would seem! Keith.