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VMWare, Virtual PC and TechEd

So, I wanted to install VS 2005 Beta 2 so that I can play with it before (and at) Tech·Ed.  Well rather than install it rught my laptop (in case of any potential conflict or crash or whatever) I decided to install it in a virtual machine.  On my work laptop I installed VMWare Workstation and on my own laptop I installed Microsoft Virtual PC.

Both were incredibly slow.  I mean painful.  Granted each machine has only 512MB of RAM, but I can’t believe how slow it was.  S.  L.  O.  W.

Fortunately (in a sick sense), I had a problem with my work laptop and it will need to be re-imaged.  So I removed VMWare and installed Beta 2 right on the base OS. 

I got it all (VS, SQL, MSDN, Visio, VSS, etc.) installed just before I left the office today.  I’m hoping to get in a couple hours of “play time” before the sessions start.  If anyone else is using Beta 2 already, I’d appreciate any tips or warnings you might have.

Also, if you’re going to Tech·Ed, let me know.  I’m staying at Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa.

4 Days Until TechEd

So I’m flying out to Tech·Ed on Sunday.  Once I finalize my schedule, I’ll post it here (in case anyone cares).

I found something interesting on Scott Hanselman’s blog, though.  They are going to have condensed, 10-minute GrokTalk sessions covering a lot of topics in a short amount of time.  Now I just have to see if there are any sessions I can skip.

TechEd 2005 Milwaukee Attendee Lunch

I booked hotel yesterday via Hotwire.  I booked a room for myself and one for a co-worker at the Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa.  It looks pretty nice — Hotwire even called it a “condo”.  We got it for a pretty good rate, too — only $58 per night.

I’ve talked to a few people over that last few weeks that were either going or planning to go.  Of course it’s sold out now, so I don’t know if those “planners” are going to make it.  So, anyway, all of us Milwaukee-area locals that are going should plan on meeting at lunch one day or something.

If you’re going and would be interested in hooking up during some downtime, leave a comment here with your link or e-mail so I can get in touch with you later.

Otherwise, I’ll just have to hang out with my co-worker, Steve, and with Gerry

TechEd Registration Confirmed

I finally got my registration confirmation for Tech·Ed 2005.  Now I just have to get a hotel and flight — and choose my sessions.

TechEd 2005

It looks like I’m going to Tech·Ed this year!  I found out a few weeks ago that it was a possibility.  I just found out yesterday that my corporate credit card limit is being increased so that I can register myself and my boss, reserve hotel, flights, etc.  I’m pretty excited about going.  I haven’t decided what sessions to attend yet, but will probably attend a combination of web development and architecture tracks.

I’ve never been before.  I imagine it will be a complete information overload, though.  Does anyone have any tips?  I imagine I’ll be referring to the conference DVDs regularly for a while after the fact.

Is anyone else going this year?  From the Milwaukee area, the only person that I know of (so far) that’s going, is Damon.  If anyone else is going, especially from the WI .NET Users Group, let me know!

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