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  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash: Tech Ed - we have a problem...

    I was going to open this editorial in celebration of the fact that registration for Tech Ed is now open and encourage you to register today. And – I strongly encourage you to register today. Not tomorrow – TODAY! Here’s why: As of this morning ALL the early bird tickets for Tech...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed New Zealand Tickets - 25% gone

    Ummmm, yeah.if you were planning on heading to Tech Ed this year to hear the likes of Scott Hanselman speak, I would be considering signing up real soon. The early bird tickets are already half sold, and when they are gone they are gone. What is amazing is that registrations opened a week ago and while...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed and MSDN Unplugged update

    Sometimes it feels like we just live from one event to the next. So while we’ve now got the launch events out of the way, there is more coming – and we need your help to make them the best events they can be First up – we are getting underway with our Unplugged sessions again. The unplugged sessions...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed sessions - top 10

    I'll I've just got the Evaluation results for Tech Ed, so I thought I'd share the top 10 sessions from Tech Ed before I head out for a weekend. I've got to say that the competition among the top half of the sessions was very tight - you needed to be exceptional to get into the top 30 odd as they all...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash - Daylight Saving and Tech Ed wrap up

    Tech Ed is done. It was a great event and before you forget I want to remind you of something you may have heard about at Tech Ed and if you didn’t its critical that you understand it. One of the lunchtime sessions we had was around the changes to Daylight saving. This year we are changing when daylight...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed Blog posts

    I thought I'd put together a list of blog posts I haven't already linked to elsewhere. Code Camp: For developers it all started with Code Camp - Summaries from Ivan and Kirk . Tech Ed: Eileen loved the keynote , as did Mauricio - and they've both seen a few... Craig at Xero summarized Xero involvement...
  • Blog Post: User Group Meeting at Tech Ed Today!

    Rodney Lake has organized a last minute User Group meeting for anyone interested at 4pm today at TechEd. If you are around, come to the Milford Room on Level 4 (its down the corridor in behind the stairways where the "Sponsors Rooms" sign is). The session is a round table open discussion with the...
  • Blog Post: Evermore @ TechFest

    I haven't spoken to anyone who didn't enjoy the Tech Fest last night. That means I've either spoken to very few people or everyone enjoyed themselves. Hopefully the photos speak for themselves...
  • Blog Post: Depth of technical sessions

    One of the things we often get feedback on is that we often don't hit the mark on session depth. There are a few ways to fix this... The first is to ensure we get deep sessions in to the agenda. I've made an effort to try and work these in this year. There are some extremely deep sessions on. I was talking...
  • Blog Post: Women in Technology - wow

    The Women in Technology dinner went off really well. The team did a fantastic job and everyone was engaged as soon as they walked in the evening - and the chatter began. The panelists did a fantastic job. Here's who they wer e and how they related to those in the room: Eileen Brown : Exchange Server...
  • Blog Post: Ask the experts

    The ask the experts evening went off. I have been going to Tech Ed for a few years now and I don't think I've seen delegates as engaged with experts as I did last night. Those of you who stuck around to talk to the speakers - they enjoyed it. As I previously mentioned , many of them are looking to talk...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed - Keynote and market place...

    Well, we are well underway at Tech Ed. The first event of the day was the keynote. Interestingly, in my experience a keynote is really hard - you need to appeal to the entire audience - and this is where it gets tricky. Lou Carbone was our keynote speaker along with Michael Platt. The theme was a...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to Tech Ed New Zealand!

    Its the first day of Tech Ed New Zealand and we are ready to rock. Last night was the speakers dinner, where all the speakers got to sit down and have an opportunity to meet each other and shoot the breeze. The evening was great and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. We have 115 speakers from New Zealand...
  • Blog Post: Geekzone: Behind the scenes at Tech Ed New Zealand 2007

    Mauricio did a behind the scenes Q&A with me yesterday for the "Unofficial Tech Ed Blog". It *might* prove to be an interesting read, but I'm sure your life is more interesting than mine :-) Behind the scenes at Tech Ed New Zealand 2007: Darryl Burling
  • Blog Post: Blogging about Tech Ed?

    I mentioned this before , but thought I'd call it out separately as it was at the bottom of the post... If you are blogging about Tech Ed and you want us to link to you from TechEd Live, you can tag it TechEdNZ07 and then best thing to do is to ping me a mail to ensure that it doesn't slip through the...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Comnet updated

    Comnet is available. You may have known that - I've mentioned it before . Comnet is the system we use for building the schedule for the event. Its publically available and as an attendee of Tech Ed you can use it to build your schedule for the event - this includes the ability to add the sessions to...
  • Blog Post: MSDN & TechNet Flash: Get Ready for Tech Ed!

    Tech Ed is almost upon us. In less than two weeks, Tech Ed New Zealand is underway. This year’s event will be awesome - not just because we've worked hard to make sure that the best speakers are at Tech Ed, but also because the content and events that happen at Tech Ed will be available online during...
  • Blog Post: Women in Technology

    As previously mentioned we are having a Women in Technology evening on Monday August 13 at Sky City in Auckland. This event is being organized in conjunction with Tech Ed so if you have a ticket for Tech Ed - this is a free event. If you don't have a ticket but would love the opportunity to network with...
  • Blog Post: Off to Seattle, then traveling and then Tech Ed.

    Many of us at Microsoft are traveling at this time of the year. There are a number of conferences on that attract Microsoft employees from all over the world - there is the Microsoft Partner conference, which a number of kiwis from partner companies were at (I believe Gen-i , Provoke and Fujitsu were...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed Australia sold out

    Well... now both of the events are sold out! Congratulations Australia! If you want to get a Ticket your best bet is the wait list option. In both Australia and New Zealand there is a wait list which you can register to go on to. If you want to get on this in New Zealand, contact your account manager...
  • Blog Post: Updated Tech Ed sessions and more background...

    I've spent today tidying up the Tech Ed speaker and session list - if you are attending Tech Ed you should already have a login to Comnet . If you do - you should see a lot more sessions published now complete with abstracts. Pretty much all the sessions should now be visible to add to your schedule...
  • Blog Post: The sound of inevitability - help us help you

    It happens every year... Tech Ed sells out and we have lots of people who miss out on getting tickets. How can this happen? When tickets go on sale we blog about it , we note it in MSDN and Technet Flash Newsletters, and we advertise in mainstream media (ComputerWorld, etc), not to mention that...
  • Blog Post: Scott Hanselman on Visual Studio 2008

    I've just finished listening to Scott Hanselman's podcast on Visual Studio 2008 . One of the nice things about this podcast is that its not just another LINQ love session, digging a bit more into some of the underlying changes to the compilers and the languages. Carl Franklin also notes that he hasn...
  • Blog Post: Static maps are so last century

    I was browsing the Tech Ed NZ site the other day and noticed that the Get2Event page had a static map on it. So I sent off an email asking if we could change it to a Virtual Earth map. To my surprise, the answer was "yes - of course". and the next day it was done. So now the Tech Ed site has a...
  • Blog Post: TechEd New Zealand - Sold out

    No surprises here I guess, but Tech Ed New Zealand is officially sold out! If you haven't got your ticket and would like to go, we do have a 25% off deal on Tech Ed Australia (on the Gold coast) for New Zealand residents only. If you'd like to take advantage of this offer, please let me know by contacting...
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