Ok ok now to what this article is really about. I bought the boards from tigerdirect. They were 17.99 a piece, which equates to some good savings over the sparkfun version. When I ordered them, I was expecting them to be less great and lacking components that the official arduino fios have.
The usb connector is missing in every vendor-supplied picture I saw. I was expecting to receive three boards sans usb connector, which wasn’t an issue for my project because these fios are destined to sit inside a project box, and I was going to solder in a usb connector for the exterior of the box.
I was pleasantly suprised when I received the three fios with usb connectors intact! That will make charging batteries during prototyping easier.
Another thing to note, to test these Fios, I uploaded the example ‘blink’ sketch to each without issue. So far they seem 100% arduino compatible!