I've been curious about Arduino for quite some time, but just recently decided to take the plunge. By chance, I found an Uno clone (OSEPP) at my local electronics store, so I bought it along with some components. The next day I found an Uno and some other parts on craigslist and purchased, so this is what I have:
Basic Stamp Microcontroller
2 Parallax Xbee Wireless Kits (Still in the blister packs and each has 2 Xbee 802.15.4 embedded antenna modules, USB adapter and 5V to 3.3V adapter)
2 Bread Boards (and jumper wires)
10 green LEDs
10 red LEDs
10 Yellow LEDs
10 100 Ohm resistors
10 110 Ohm resistors
10 150 Ohm resistors
I would like to set myself up with a nice selection of modules and components, so I can power my way through a couple of books without having to stop and go buy this or that component (although I realize this is still may happen).
My original thought was to buy the Ultimate Microcontroller Pack from MakerShed, but then I found this:http://www.emartee.com/product/42214/Arduino%20Mega%202560%20Rev3%20New%20Version%20Starter%20Package%20Kits
It seems like a great deal, although money is less important than getting what I need.
I realize this is a pretty broad question, but should this cover most beginner projects?
Does anyone have experience with this vendor? (The only complaint I've found was 'language barrier'.)
Thanks in advance for your help,