I am new to robotics. And I am looking for some direction and help. There is so much information when I do a google search, I am trying to figure out where to begin.
What books, magazines, and forums should I be reading?
What do I want to do with robotics? I have really big ambitions, but I am willing to start small. To being with I would like to control some motors and a few led from my computer. If possible using my computers USB connections so I can control more devices. If not maybe I could use the serial or parallel ports on my computer.
Most of the information I find on the internet is for microcontrollers.
To help you help me I know a little about electronics, but not much. I understand what different component are, but could not build my own circuit without someone making a schematic. I have a background in programming (C, qbasic, and Cobol), but it is not recent. So I should be able to modify programs, but I would not want to write anything complicated from scratch. I have done a little soldering over the years. Nothing complicated, I build a motion sensor alarm and a am FM radio.