MathWorks is giving away free licenses for the beta version of MATLAB for students using Intel-based Macs. For those who don’t know, MATLAB is a computer algebra system, one of the big four along with Mathematica, Maple, and MathCAD. MATLAB tends to be fawned over highly favored by engineers for some reason.
Again: The software being given away works only on Intel Macs, and the MathWorks folks are pretty serious about it being available only to students, unfortunately (for me). Erica at TUAW notes: “The beta does not include a stipend for psychotherapy bills induced by the use of the software.”