Hey guys! I just recently stumbled upon this site- and as it's focused on something I really want to get into, I figured I would jump on in!
Only problem is... I don't know where to start! I'm an ex-programmer, so I understand code. I love taking things apart as well, I've just never really done a lot with them.
I've never managed a circuit board. Any ideas where I can start with that? I have a couple projects in mind, but I'm curious whether they are in reach or not. The first seems fairly simple- I want to be able to wirelessly turn my light on/off. It's not one of the ones you plug into an outlet- so I have had to rip it open. Is this something feasible as a first hack? I'm also curious how difficult it would be to use something I already have- such as an old garage door opener to do this with. I would need a receiver, of course. I'm wondering how one would go about doing this? I want to start working on automating things using devices that are already around. Like using the buttons from my car key, old garage remotes, etc.
If you guys have any pointers in the right direction, I would love to hear them! I look forward to becoming a part of this community. Thanks guys!