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    blangston

    Does everyone carry a laptop or tablet with them in the conference? Or is that overkill.

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    rbmiller12

    I'll bring my laptop on the trip, but will be carrying my Surface around the conference. 

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    Harjit

    @blang008: To be honest, you don't need one during the sessions since they are recorded and made available for later viewing at your pace.  A tablet is handy for searches and quick note jotting, but I tend to use my iPhone for notes, screen grabs, and Tweeting.  On the other hand, a laptop or a tablet is handy rest of the time to catch up on emails, connect back to work if needed or required, etc. 

    From my experience, the day is filled with sessions and activities, and for the small time gaps in between you'll end up catching up with fellow attendees or vendors.  I tend to carry a tablet which is light and small, just so I have it and in case I have to resolve something back at work, but all day long, my iPhone is what I use.

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    ShaneW

    I bring my laptop with me, but keep it in my room and use my tablet or phone during the day.

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    DaveVernon

    Don't bring your laptop to the convention center.  You will be much, much happier without it. 

    You'll want a phone or tablet for your schedule & communication, but a laptop is a waste.

     

    Don't forget, assuming you are staying at a teched hotel there are shuttle busses all day, every day.  If something urgent comes up (i.e. a work crisis) you are only a short ride away.

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    volkerw

    Will bring my Lumia 1520 to the conference and leave the Surface at the hotel. Anyone else 'phableting'? Hope they have safes or lock boxes in the hotel rooms ...

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    CanadaPaul

    Are all the sessions recorded? Is there a cost for these recordings?

    I would sooner listen instead of taking notes.

     

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    Harjit

    @CanadaPaul:All sessions are recorded and made available for free after the conference, with exception for the Pre-Con sessions on Sunday.

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    RallyJoe

    Birds of a Feather tend to not be recorded either.    I don't see a category for BoF sessions in the catalog this year so maybe they  are ditching them anyway?   I generally found the BoF sessions to be the most informative and constructive Q&A/discussions of the entire event.  So I would go to those because they were not recorded instead of other breakout sessions I could watch at a later date.

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    RallyJoe

    , volkerw wrote

    Will bring my Lumia 1520 to the conference and leave the Surface at the hotel. Anyone else 'phableting'? Hope they have safes or lock boxes in the hotel rooms ...

    I'll have my Surface Pro 2 with me the entire week.   Last year I rocked the surface RT we got the entire week for twitter/notes.  But with the Pro 2's battery life, I am going to just use the full fat version  :)

    Last year my hotel room looked like a MS store demo counter... a Samsung Slate, Surface Pro, and Surface RT all on the desk :)

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    Fredrik​Nilsson

    Not all sessions are recorded most of them are. BOF are not recorded and instructor lead labs aren't as well. Check last years teched conference to get a feel if the content that interest you are recorded.

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    PaulB6022

    I'm torn between bringing my Pro 2 or my iPad & I think I'm leaning more towards the iPad {gasp}. I like the Pro 2 and it's relatively light but if I'm lugging a backpack around all week, the iPad is a little more shoulder friendly. If the sh*t hits the fan at work, I can VPN in and use the RD client or just call in.

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    1wisegeek

    I'm bringing a tablet and laptop,

    My tablet with keyboard is fairly light and I use a bag that I can quickly access.

    You have to decide how critical your laptop is.  If you think your going to need to connect to your office and your hotel is close, then leave it at the hotel.

    If your hotel is farther away then you may want to bring it.

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    nothatsyou

    Only my Surface is coming with me. No laptop. Lighter is better. I will of course have my fruit phone for other stuff like incriminating photo's, etc.

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    BertWolters

    I'll be bringing my Lenovo laptop with 6 hrs batterylife and my Surface RT with keyboard for on the spot tweets and blogs. Next to this a Lumia for pictures and ofcourse a powerpack to be able to charge the devices during sessions.

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    Scott_​Ladewig

    I always bring a laptop and a tablet. The laptop stays at the hotel in case any real work comes up during the week that can't wait until I get back. The tablet (which will be a Dell Venue 8 Pro this year) is what I carry with me during the day for tweeting, notes, etc. Add the phone to the mix and I always feel I'm well-covered.

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    MrOz3

    I'll just be brining my Surface Pro 2.  Easy to carry around, long battery life, and I can take care of work when needed with it.

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    Pierre_Roman

    I bring several machines....  but I don't carry them around all the time.

    1- Nokia 1020

    2- Dell Venue Pro for walking around with, email, twitter, checking the schedule....

    3- Lenovo Carbon X1 for actual work while not in session

    4- Dell Precision M6600 for presenting and demos

    I hope you're not behind me at the Airport security....  it takes me a while....

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