I've spent my own time playing with Python, Ruby and Haskell. I even managed to convince work to buy me Macbook Pro. The problem being that since I spend a lot of time living in the Web space, generally my ideas for coding involve the Web. I dont really have the extra income to have a Linux server at my beck and call when I want to try something out, so I've been pretty much not doing a whole heck of a lot. But Amazon has recently fixed that for me!
For those of you looking to try out cloud computing, or for someone trying to get that startup off the ground for a very low price Amazon now has a Free Usage Tier!
Thats right! Now I get the chance to not only play in the Cloud (hooray! Resume buzzword! sigh.) I also get a Linux instance that is up all month! That means I can pretty much spin up an idea check it out, see if I like it and if I want to continue. For those entrepreneurial folks out there. It means you can have a free server to create your web application on, and you aren't out any money for things like data centers.