Now that I'm registered, I want nto make some suggestions regarding New orleans, based my last attendance there:
1. The New Orleans breakfasts were execrable. Hope this time is different.
2. One morning committed to keynotes is enough!! Few people come to Tech-Ed principally for the keynotes, and last year's investment of mornings on _two_ days to keynotes was overkill. This is especially true since the conference has shrunk dramatically in the past few years. Do not give a larger piece of a shrinking pie to keynotes. They are not why we come to tech-Ed. Perhaps separate IT Pro and developer keynotes could run in parallel.
3. A couple of years back, on Sunday evening there were a couple of presentations of long-term trends germane to our career planning. These were great and I'd like to see something similar.
4. It would be interesting to see a Birds of a Feather session on Ageism in IT. This doesn't affect me (yet), but for all of us this concern is inevitable.