I started off with Drupal close to two years ago, consequently about the time Taylor was born. There are quite a few things I wish people would have mentioned when I was starting, and for those of you who wish to start with a new Drupal install, here goes:
You need a place to host it. If you don't have a host, I recommend Bluehost. It'll run you about $7/month with a domain name. If you are hosting it yourself, then you already know what it takes to get a webserver up and going.
This one I knew about, but for those newbies out there, that drupal-6.17.tar.gz you downloaded needs to be extracted (use 7zip) and uploaded through FTP to your host. I recommend using FileZilla to do the upload. If you're on BlueHost, your username will be the first eight letters of your domain name, and the password is whatever password you use for cPanel.
I was playing with the Aggregator module in Drupal the other day when I noticed my Del.ico.us Feed wasn't updating. The error it was returning stated:
This posting confirmed what I already suspected: Yahoo! is blocking requests from my hosting site to limit the ability for DDoS attacks. So they are basically denying HTTP requests from my hosting site because there is a high number of automated requests coming from those IP addresses.