Yes, dear reader, Tech-Ed 2005 has started! As expected, there were attendees eager to queue up early to get their hands on this year’s bag. Take a look at the 05 June photo album to see more – sorry but MSN Spaces won’t let me link to the photos directly.
As to the bag itself … I’m a bit disappointed that it isn’t a rucksack. Having a shoulder bag makes it harder to carry it comfortably. It isn’t particularly good for the back. It looks like a well constructed bag. There are plenty of pockets and we’ll just have to see how it stands up to the rigours of Tech-Ed.
As to the contents, there are copies of the magazines Windows IT Pro, SQL Server, Visual Studio, TechNet and MSDN. There is a lot of media included: Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report (March 2005), "Smart Client Applications: Spring 2005 Selection", Virtual Server 2005 Service Pack 1 BETA (Enterprise edition, 32 bit), Microsoft CD of customer case studies, resources, etc, TechNet IT Solutions resource CD, Visual Studio Partner Resource DVD, Mobile Application Development Toolkit, Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition (includin Windows System Resource Manager CD), System Center Data Protection Manager beta kit, and Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2. Finally, there are some trinkets: a pack of playing cards, Post-It notes, sun cream, and promotional leaflets.
Update: well, we aren’t off to a good start with the ruggedness of this year’s bag. The external business card holder is already beginning to come off. Not the end of the world – I just hope it isn’t a sign of the quality of the rest of the bag. I don’t know about anyone else but I tend to continue using the bag after Tech-Ed so I’d quite like it to last a bit longer than a week.