I was very excited when I found out Microsoft was doing a free Azure trial. One of the big deterrents for me to use Amazon ETC or Windows Azure is the cost. Despite being gainfully employed, I have the (bad?) habit of funding my ‘hobby’ development like I’m still a sixteen-year-old flipping burgers. Sixty dollar bar tab, no problem. Sixty dollar Azure bill for the month – that’s outrageous! To be fair, I do have a Dreamhost VPS that only costs me about twenty dollars a month (300 MB of ram on Linux).