How to trick AVR Studio /Pocket AVR to work with ATtiny84?

According to the Sparkfun product page, avrdude works well with it. … ng-avrdude

What SparkFun and AVRDude says are completely different. AVRDude stops with an error stating that stk500 is incompatible with the device. AVR Studio wont even let me get that far.

I’ve tried most of the programmers listed by AVR Dude and none of them work with the Pocket AVR and the ATtiny84. Most of them get stuck in endless loops saying that it timed out.