Register for Stardust@Home – pre-registration, another in the evolving breed of distributed computing projects.
µTorrent seems to be the best small Bittorrent client available. It even supports a DHT.
Microsoft’s MSDN Academic Alliance seems a pretty good way to get back at Free/Opensource software, especially in India. The $800 price tag (which has since been heavily slashed, it’s rumoured) gets an academic institution and it’s students, free access to almost the entire Microsoft stable of products for development. Including Windows XP. Legally. Even at $800, it’s affordable enough for our college, even though I fear, the general malaise of myopia will prevent any sudden adoption. Nevertheless, even if you root for Opensource software, having an easy and legal way to play with the stuff your competition churns out is not a bad thing to have. There’s nothing in the EULA – even though the FSF hints there is – that prevents schools from having a simultaneous Nix awareness program as well.
Here’s a good article to read.
Nothing new, but xampp is the best/easiest way to get Apache/PHP/MySQL and goodies onto your system: Linux, Windows, or OSX.
There’s a new version of metapad out after almost two years. This is the best (small) notepad replacement I’ve ever found.