Update to DellAquila's cheat bus to make it work again (Reupload permitted via Unlicense) https://mods.factorio.com/mod/InitialBusCheat -- An initial Bus that you can put on beginning of your factory that generates: 1 belt of coal, 1 belt of stone, 4 belts of iron ore, 4 belts of copper ore and a little energy until it explodes.You can set to get Iron Plates and Copper Plates instead of ores.
You aren't alone. Someone, something out there wants you to succeed. You've been noticing strange crates that don't look like they're from this planet landing nearby occasionally. They seem to contain supplies for you. You don't know what or who's sending them, but they're certainly helpful.