Michael McCarthy wrote:

Any way of getting vs2005 beta without having to be an MSDN subscriber or having it sent to you via some sort of message in a bottle, aka snail-mail?

Well, if there's a '2005 Betas Unleashed' event in your area, you can show up and attend that and they'll give you a copy in person.  (and it's not a bad idea in general).

John Fiala