I have a general understanding of basically what an Arduino is, but beyond that know absolutely nothing. I have been reading this forum for 2 days and have no idea where to post my most basic questions. I wanna know what I need to buy. I am ready to purchase whatever I need but don't know what I need.
From the websites I have found there are at least a couple dozen variations of an "Arduino board" are there any I should avoid? I was ready to buy the one called the Duemilanove but everyone says out of stock, then I find the Uno, but just before ordering I seen a ton of others such as nano, bluetooth, Mega2560 but it gets worse. I then see a video clip on something called the Sanguino and was totally impressed by the number of I/O's it offered. I have little to no interest in the Lily thing, but then I think it is merely another version of the Arduino system correct? So it could do just about anything that all the other boards do? Then I found little mini stripped down RBB or something like that, their boards that start around $8 bucks! I feel so lost.
I only have USB on my laptops, so serial will not be an option. There is more than one type of USB 'driver' now, is the newer one better than the FTDI one? Then I need resistors, capacitors, buttons, switches, jumper wires, some fun sensors, a few displays and all sorts of other components. Where do people shop? I wanna spend a couple hundred initially will that buy me enough to play?
I am just looking for a forum or website articles geared more toward the absolute beginner, you guys are all too smart for me lol. I don't know what to buy. Maybe someone could give the ultimate shopping list. You know something like for $75 you could get this and it could do xx # of projects, or for $150 you should buy this and it can do XX more projects. Just any help really, where do I start?
Where do I post stupid beginner questions, you know like asking the difference in the new USB driver vs. the older one?