Hello there. I was browsing your challenges and read a post that I had to reply too and here I am. I just wanted to post this link in it's own thread because there seems to be quite a few novices out there that don't know where to really start.
GO TO HARVARD FOR FREE http://www.cs50.tv/
The CS50 (computer Science) course at Harvard is free to the public, in video and can be streamed to your ipod, iphone etc.
If you don't have a bunch of certs and are not already a CIS, don't just blow these video courses off. I am a CIS and I've used these courses personally to refresh since they've become available online.
Anyway, just wanted to start off with an offering to all.