@crendall:Thanks for posting the info.
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As we get ready to register for TechEd 2014 today (yay!), thought I'd post in the group to bump it up and encourage more FitBit users to join the groups.
I've been using a Flex, but pre-ordered the Force which should ship this week according to FitBit. I miss the display from the One and the added benefit of having it also be a watch means one less thing to wear when working out.
Here are the direct links to the groups. Feel free to join one or both:
MMS was in VEGAS! not houston the town that closes at 5 pm. I know I would be going for the training not for the town. But it is nice to have a day or so before and or after to relax and enjoy.
I have been to conferences in Houston at that dump, where I walked for 3 blocks melting in the heat. Went to a vendor party at rooftop bar. Thought I was going to die and left.
At least in Vegas you stay in the same building as the summit. There is alway something to do before and after.
I think I will find a better way to spend my training dollars.
Houston??? really. Even oralando has Disney so the wife and kids could come and have fun. but Houston!!! what crap!
As Scott has mentioned, I'm also sorry that you feel this way. You have to ask yourself if you are looking at TechEd as first and foremost a time and excuse to party and learning comes second or great learning opportunities first, then everything else including fun is secondary. If getting some good training content is the primary focus, then location should not quite matter since you should expect to spend a good part of your day indoors in lecture halls. As far as fun is concerned, there are plenty of opportunities on a daily basis and in fact too much at times. Networking and making friends and hooking up with friends from past TechEd events will surely make one have a good time. I'm grateful that I have the opportunity to attend and my first and foremost focus at TechEd is to soak in, absorb, and gather as much info as I can get on the technologies I support as part of my career as an IT Professional.
Finally, everyone has a choice to make of their own.
I believe the Closing Parties are unique to each location and has it's own spin to give it flavors and excitement for the local area. I didn't think the Closing Party in NOLA was bad or lacked funfare. The marching band greeting, Drew Brees, Tina Turner, the great bands, free booze, and plenty of food to fill ya belly. Sure it wasn't filet minion or steaks but with all of us there, I wasn't expecting more than finger foods. I think the highlight for me was hanging out with many newly formed friends who I had met and bonded with during the week.
I'm actually amazed that Microsoft was able to pull off a party of that size and at that venue. The behind the scenes planning and logistics work is unimaginable. All we had to do was show up!
@rhilgers:Looks good. Thanks for sharing.