As promised, I am continuing to supply quick tips.
At my previous job, we utilized AWS heavily, and I had the opportunity to play with some of the features it offered. It was great to have the ability to spin up an instance of just about any operating system whenever I needed it.
I am not longer at that company, and I needed the same ability. It turns out that Amazon offers 1 year of free access to many of their AMI’s (machine images) and other services. The free access is limited to tiny instances, but I have found it really useful to be able to spin up something for a small task and then just trash it when I am done.
I am currently using this resource to help me do some coursework (on Coursera.com, learning about programming for Android).