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The Power of Free

A world-class education continues to become more affordable. The information is disseminating faster and at lower cost. Access to knowledge and new understanding is now mostly limited by your time, attitude and motivation.

MIT OpenCourseWare

MIT OpenCourseWare (MIT OCW) is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to put all of the educational materials from its undergraduate- and graduate-level courses online, partly free and openly available to anyone, anywhere.

Source: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (naturally)

This is a great way for people around the world to get a first-class education. Especially in the fields of engineering and science. However, I’m guessing an MIT degree still requires admission, matriculation, tuition, room, board, and other expenses. The learning is mostly free. The biggest investment seems to be your time.
For more information:


The Machine Learning course, broadcast live from Caltech in April-May 2012.

There is an awesome trend happening. One that I believe will benefit all humankind.

How do you apply this to your software development projects?

Free Open Source ASP.NET Applications

The Microsoft ASP.NET site ( offers a lot of free educational and training material.

Look around. There are bunches and bunches of educational material offered free-of-change.

Added 3-May-2012

  • edX is a joint venture involving Harvard and MIT with the goal of improving the quality, effectiveness, and global reach of online university classes.

Added 13-Apr-2012

  • Udacity offers free online university classes for everyone.
  • offer courses from the top universities for free.

3 responses to “The Power of Free

  1. cnromaine April 11, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Many free, on-line courses can be found here: All are non-credit, but with recorded lectures, homework, quizes and tests. A forum is used to post questions and answer other’s.

  2. Wyn August 2, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Here is an interesting aggregate of learning sites. It’s not only software stuff, with other categories like music and cooking,

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