I’ve been interested in learning more about programming microcontrollers and saw that Adafruit has a low cost board (called trinket) that is very convenient since it can be programmed over USB. When I first got my hands on this, I was making sketches for it using the Arduino IDE, but wanted to dive in at a lower level and be able to write C code and reprogram the Attiny85 chip that is on board. There are many different ways to do this, but here is the way I went about doing it.
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