Didn't care for TechEd at all this yet.  Was not thrilled it was in New Orleans but went anyway.  Sessions were okay at best...some better than others.  Backpacks were trash everyone had problems with them breaking.  Had to replace mine 3 times before I left.  Went in the trash when I returned home.  Jam sessions sucked....got in but it was crammed, hot, couldn't move or sit in the place so we left.  Closing party was the pits.  The microsoft store was sold out of Teched golf shirts the second day ( large size ).  We didn't like it at all this year.  Don't see us going back.