Like a lot of you, I'm sure, the only thing holding me back from introducing my friends to Bitcoin is the fact that securing a wallet is an extremely convoluted process that the vast majority of people cannot wrap their heads around.
Well, that problem is about to go away. Bitcoin 0.4rc1 (release candidate 1) is on the streets, and while not yet ready for public consumption, it won't be long before the bugs are worked out, and we will finally have a client that our less technical friends can install and use instantly and securely.
Well done to Gavin Andresen and his colleagues - remember, they're not getting paid to do this!
One hurdle down...