I am a beginner at both programming and working with hardware. I am developing a passionate interest, but I have been unable to get started due to the lack of a plain English step-by-step guide. I have learned so much reading about this and other projects, and I am actually getting to a point where the things you people say is starting to make a bit of sense, but I really need a complete newb guide in order to jump in to this thing. Otherwise I'm just scared to start ordering the parts because it seems a lot of baseline knowledge is being assumed. I don't want to wake up one day with a pile of hardware and no idea how to make it function.
Different setups will differ, but I'd like a complete guide on how to do all software, firmware, hardware, whatever setups to where I have the basic system working. I know there are many discouraged enthusiasts out there who are still in my position. Please don't forget about the uninitiated, we wish only to join you!