So my alt Korneilia has been training up the Planetary Interaction skills and is approaching the point where I'm ready to start playing around. My long term goal is to have a small number of planet installations I can tend like a garden whenever I have time, profit is secondary and almost unnecessary.
I know there are some fantastic guides out there but I learn best by doing, not reading, so I purchased a basic command centre (CC) this morning in the lull before work and went into low sec to drop it on a planet and do basic extractions and routing. A basic CC can't support very much but it was really just a short test to get familiar with the interface and find the appropriate buttons. I located deposits of Base Metals and set out extracting them and routing them to the CC. Later on I'll check on the process and see how its doing.
I can see where the "too many clicks" complaint comes from (especially if you are managing several colonies on multiple characters) and I can see some places where the developers working on the second iteration of PI can save some. Tonight when I'm on the laptop I'll see about creating a more extensive colony perhaps extracting multiple resources. I'm still a week away from the Elite command centres but I'm sure an Advanced will do for the meantime.
I hope to eventually move into null sec space with this operation but I don't want to move the alt into the corporation to pay taxes. Maybe a class 1 or 2 wormhole with a static to high sec would be perfect. No rush, this is just a hobby for me for now.