DorkbotPDX. While there is no way I could be out there for the party, I do like to support group orders and my old bus pirate (many versions behind) is starting to show it's limits.
Yesterday the mailman brought the happy package and while I wasn't planning on soldering yesterday I get that itch and just had to build it.
The purple pcb (classic Laen) always makes me smile.
A ribbon cable, snap on connector, headers also came in the box in a bag with the pcb.
PIC 24FJ256GB106) to handle the usb connection directly and I wasn't certain how it would work... No problems at all (I suspect it will allow higher throughput/lower latency than the ft chips but it will be awhile before I can test that out).
I didn't pay attention to the orientation of the socket because I plan on using other probes and not the ribbon cable...
If you don't have one, you may want to consider picking one up (although I think Ian still recommends the previous version - not certain about that).
Lots of information at Dangerous Prototypes.