Hi. New member here. Nice to meet you all!
I didn't know anything about Arduino until just a few hours ago! I'd seen the name pop up here and there quite frequently and started thinking it must be something amazing. Is it?
I've read most of the stuff about Arduino on its official page and was intrigued by the things it seems to be able to do controlling the outside world, so I thought I'd dig somewhat deeper.
I've thought about getting myself an Arduino Uno to start off with, but I'd like to have a few opinions first. So, what do you think? Which Arduino board is best to begin with, but not so basic that it couldn't do some advanced things?
Well, I may be almost ignorant as regards Arduino, but I've been programming in C since the '90s and I'm very good at it, so I guess that's a great advantage for learning to program a microcontroller. Some things I'd like to do first include controlling house lighting, surveillance camera systems, and perhaps other home automation. Are these things easy to do with an Arduino?
Oh, and one more question: I've read (or think I've read) that Arduino Uno may not be compatible with Windows 7? Is that so or did I misunderstand? I'd appreciate if you'd let me know.
Thanks in advance for any help with my questions.