Introduction: How to Use a 16X2 LCD Display With an Arduino, TI Launchpad, or Breadboarded MSP430
In this video instructable, I show how to hook a cheap 16X2 LCD display up to an Arduino, then a TI Launchpad MSP430 running Energia, then a breadboarded MSP430.
These displays are cheap - I got mine for $2.26 shipped on eBay. They only require 6 i/o pins from your microcontroller, and are compatible with EVERYTHING since they use the HD44780 controller.
For more info: http://www.meanpc.com/2012/09/how-to-use-16x2-lcd-display-with.html