I, corporate blogger; am a contributor to and consumer of the Microsoft corpus blogus. Funny thing is, I don't feel like a corporate lackey ;-).  If you'd like to have a beer, talk tech, and advance your career all at the same time, TechEd 2004 is the place to be.

Shamu will be nearby.

Even Steve Ballmer will be there.

Tech·Ed 2004 is the definitive Microsoft conference for building, deploying, securing and managing connected solutions. You’ll find 11 conference tracks and over 400 sessions. Get answers to your technical questions, meet industry experts, evaluate new products, and take advantage of extensive networking opportunities. Register today.