The curse of TechEd continues, also known as, where’s Betsy’s ID again?


Setting up for Student Day


Back of the student line filing into Student Day NZ

Paul Lo at the beginning of Student Day, with all screens going

So the bad news was - yet ANOTHER TechEd I have mislaid my credit cards/identification.

The good news is - just like the good folk of  Amsterdam - the good folk of Auckland prove their trustworthy nature and friendliness. After scouring the city for where I bought coffees and tour tickets, the goods ended up at a coffee place just by where I gave my speech. I tipped the barista extra for being so honest as to hold my items for me.

So whoever wanted to steal my backpack in Australia TechEd - well, too late, the curse/ritual has been fulfilled. I'm welding these cards and passport to my forehead or something.

I have no idea how the students felt, because I closed right on time without a lot of room for questions, but I felt better about this presentation than Amsterdam. First off, it was so chockfull of technical and blog promotional information, they should have felt the breeze blowing their hair back (or rather the hot air issuing from my mouth). Second, I'm starting to know this slide deck - like a pair of jeans you've worn through downpours and harsh sunny days, it's starting to fit me.

But who am I fooling? Perhaps the best advice I gave was "Don't blog drunk" which I believe was part of the podcast as well as the presentation.

I'm no Tony Goodhew  clearly. Today I saw a mob of students cluster round Tony in a manner that reminded me of the time I saw Don Box mobbed at PDC. He was talking about XNA and how it will change the process of creating a game, two students playing off each other a bit, and it was cool to watch. I took the Channel9 guy out drinking with Tony, Chris Auld (the fellow who did my podcast after my speech) and Brendon Ford.

More photos to come of course. Including a new saga of the Channel 9 guy.

Comments (5)

  1. Wake up and smell the coffee is how I and some of the other students felt I think. While I’m skimming through your blog, I’ve got RSS Bandit downloading in the background. I’m also giving Technoratti another go, it seemed complicated and of little productive use before – now it seems difficult to live without. What I didn’t get around to asking at TechEd is what browser do you use to efficiently blog, surf, etc.? OK, you’ll prob not admit to anything non-IE here but any advice for IE plug-ins(?) that allow. Also, are you recommending the IE dev team on making the next IE7 better and more effective for bloggers? I personally switched to Portable FireFox couple of months ago because of Live Bookmarks (e.g. RSS feeds), tabbed browsing, etc. PS. great presentation, but it started and finished at 170km/h!

  2. I really enjoyed TechEd sudent day. All the sessions from Microsoft were great, I especially enjoyed the Xbox preview at the end. The sponsored sessions were a bit of a snore, but it felt great to know there was such a demand for .NET developers.

    I enjoyed your session on blogs, it was especially relevant to me as I am starting my own and feel like I’m talking into the wind, advertising a blog is obviously a very difficult endeavor.

    After your session I no longer felt as if I was wasting my time, I realised that I am in fact improving my communication skills and building something that can enhance my career.

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