This will be my first big Microsoft event (excluding the MS TechDays type events) and I'm pretty excited to be going. Not to mention that New Orleans is on my Cities To Visit bucket list. Is a Windows laptop of any benefit if I'm following the developer tracks? I use a MacBook Air, and if ever need access to Windows dev tools while on the road I just RDP into my desktop. Works great as long as I have connectivity. I'm willing to wipe OSX and install Bootcamp / Windows 7 / Visual Studio if WiFi isn't always available during the sessions, or is it? Thanks Peter
I would not say that wifi is always available. Although they generally have decent coverage there are always some dead spots and always some overloaded spots.
But, I wouldn't (won't) even bring my laptop with me. You'll get very tired of that very quickly and use it less than you think. My first teched I took it for the first few days, and then learned to leave it at the hotel. Granted a macbook air is lighter than most... If you have a smart phone I would honestly say just bring that (or a tablet) so you can keep in touch with the TechEd community, schedule builder, etc -- but leave the laptop behind. There are usually some banks of PCs around if you need 'em.
Don't forget all of the sessions are available for viewing later online (at least the decks).
So there is there no real benefit to having a laptop to "follow along" during the sessions? I don't know the format - are they sit and listen / take notes or interactive where you learn by doing?
Most if not all the sessions are recorded so you can download the recordings after TechEd. I had a script for TechEd 2012 presentations so I could download and view every session I wanted to attend but could not because of schedule conflicts.
Ah okay, that's good then. I was looking at the schedule and wondering how I'd manage to take everything in that I wanted to. I think I'll follow the advice to leave the laptop behind then and simply use my iPad.
I will probably have another one if the files are available again this year.
@PeterMaria:I keep my laptop in my hotel room. I just bring my phone
A good friend of mine attended TechEd for the first time last year and told me that he only used his phone to make quick notes and left his laptop at the hotel.
I'll probably leave my laptop in my room this year and just use my fruit pad during the day...since I'm not an uber cool kid with a Surface.
@nothatsyou well hell. I'll have my laptop, which sounds like it might spend most of it's time in the room the way folks are talking, but I only have a Fruit Pad Mini (which I got for free mind you) so don't go comparing sizes here. #tabletenvy
@MikeRigsby:LOL! I won my fruit pad too so I'd be toting my laptop around this year if it wasn't for free fruit. I may or may not carry my laptop as it depends on how much stuff I have to do back here at the office during my conference time. Not much I hope!
@nothatsyou:Guess I am less cool since I have neither a Surface or an iPad. All I have is a Kindle Fire HD. It's all good though as it has served the purpose for which it was purchased
@Scottee25:Whoa! Should you even be going to TechEd then? You may get mocked live you've never been mocked before. Kidding. Bust out your laptop and you're all good.
I feel naked with out my laptop and iPad. I am bringing both and a power strip. I was even thinking to get a MiFi so I have connectivity outside of what I was assuming would be a very busy network. I will let you guys know how my shoulder feels a day or two after lugging my devices around. Total NooB here by the way.
Maybe I should charge a fee of beer for use of my unlimited wifi hotspot on my Nexus.
@Scottee25: The only tablet I have is a Kindle Fire HD too. It does exactly what I need it to do for the price I paid. To me, the Surface is not worth the price, neither are any of the fruit products. I think I may leave my laptop in the hotel and use the tablet that Joey suggest in the video as well as my phone. Besides the weight of the laptop, if people see me on Lync, they will try and make me work.
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