FREE! FabFi: Build an internet network for $60 with stuff just lying around. Really


So I am goofing off as usual (hopefully my manager isn’t reading this) and I am looking through Microsoft’s online library and see this article about FabFi, at first I thought it was one of Dan Water’s April fools things.  But no, it turns out that there is this process of creating an Open Source internet for $60 using stuff lying around.  Now I am not sure why it has to be Open Source, after all you could use the Microsoft Microframework for zero cost as well. 

Anyway, check out:, pretty cool stuff.

If you are a student, why not give this a try?  After all I did find it through the MSLibrary, so it must be good.  Only make a slight change, use the Microsoft Microframework that you can download for free from: and it means that, well I will just quote it here:

Several months ago at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference, .NET Micro Framework 4.0 (PDC Session Video) was released in open source under the Apache 2.0 license. This means that users can now access the productivity improvements offered by this rich development environment with all the flexibility you need for small devices. The code for the libraries and even the CLR itself is available for you to morph as you need.

Let me know if you use it instead of the other open source stuff.

If you work for people who actually pay you, then why not take a look at this and see if you can create a sellable product, that way your management will feel that you earn your pay.  I know that you earn you pay, and if you need me to, I could always write an email to your manager, just leave a comment.