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    Blog: I'll be speaking at TechEd 2010 North America on SharePoint 2010

    Got word this week that I’ll be presenting two sessions at TechEd 2010 North America speaking on SharePoint 2010: Developing Document Sets in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Content ManagementIn this session, learn about a new capability in SharePoint Server 2010 that allows users to create a single work product that is comprised of many components: Document Sets. This session begins with an introduction of the out-of-the-box capabilities of document sets and then moves into how developers can customize and extend document sets for unique solutions.
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    Blog: Introducing the Content Monster Web Part by Todd Baginski and Andrew Connell

    At TechEd 2009 in LA a few weeks back, Todd Baginski and I co-presented a session OFC405 - Extending the Content Query Web Part to Aggregate Data Across Site Collections and External Sources where we introduced a solution that addresses a common challenge in today’s SharePoint sites: aggregating content ACROSS site collections. It took some time, but we finally got the code cleaned up and posted for you to download and kick the tires too.
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    Blog: TechEd North America 2009 - Session recaps and follow-ups

    I’ve been a bit delayed in getting these out… apologies for that. The week following TechEd we packed up and moved houses. That, coupled with having a 8mo pregnant wife and some last minute getting some baby prep out of the way kept as well as a few deliverables for clients delayed me in getting this update out. I’ve updated [my speaking page](https://www.andrewconnell.com/tags/presentation/ with links and code downloads for two of my sessions at TechEd ( OFC303 and OFC401 ).
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    Blog: TechEd North America 2009 Wrap Up

    Almost home and have a bit of time on a layover to post a little recap from the week. All in all, this was a huge week for me. On Sunday my [business] partner :) and I launched a new company , Critical Path Training which is the result of evolving the SharePoint education company Ted Pattison Group into something bigger and better. Within 1.5 hours of launching the company, we were at SharePint where many folks had already heard the news!
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    Blog: SharePoint by Day, SharePint by Night - TechEd North America 2009 Edition

    Going to the TechEd North America 2009 conference in Los Angeles, CA the week of May 10-15, 2009 ? No? Well, are you a SharePoint person that’s going to be in the greater LA area? We’ll be doing another SharePoint by Day, SharePint by Night in Los Angeles at the regular conference time: the Sunday evening before the show starts: Sunday, May 10, 2009 from 7p - whenever. Come join other SharePoint professionals for a good drink and banter at Ciudad ( 445 S.
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    Blog: I'll be at TechEd North America 2009 - Will you?

    Got word this week that I have three sessions that are confirmed that I’ll present at TechEd North America 2009 this year in Los Angeles, CA the week of May 11-15, 2009 . I’ll be co-presenting two of my sessions with some great folks. In addition, TechEd will be a great week… with lots of great news to share! Todd Baginski (MVP) and I have an advanced session where we’ll show you how to take the Content Query Web Part and extend it to aggregate content not only across the existing site collection, but also across multiple site collections, web applications, non-SharePoint sites and even remote content sources like Azure!
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    Blog: TechEd EMEA 2008 Developer - Session Recap

    First, thanks to everyone who attended my talks this week at TechEd EMEA 2008 Developer in Barcelona, Spain. If you haven’t submitted an evaluation, please do so! Not only do you have a chance to win the cool phone, but it helps the conference organizers and me as well. In my sessions I demonstrated a few things that I wanted to share in this post as some folks were trying to quickly take pictures or write done some command line stuff I did.
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    Blog: Limiting the Page Payload with IIS HTTP Compression

    This past week I presented a session at TechEd EMEA that covered various things you want to do before launching your anonymous, Internet-facing MOSS 2007 (WCM) Publishing site (session OFC309). One of the topics I addressed was striving for the smallest page payload for requested pages. The page payload is the combined total size of all files required for a page request which includes all HTML markup, images, JavaScript, CSS and other assets on referenced in the markup.
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    Blog: I'll be at TechEd EMEA 2008 Developer

    With PDC wrapped up, my next trip is to Barcelona, Spain for TechEd EMEA 2008 Developer . I’m heading over a few days early to tool around the city with my wife. I’m really looking forward to this trip as I’ve never been TechEd EMEA… actually haven’t been to Europe since I was a kid (did a family trip to Ireland and on a school trip to Rome). I’ve got a few sessions @ TechEd EMEA.
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    Blog: TechEd North America 2009 - Back to the 1 week format

    THANK GOODNESS! I hated the 2 week format the moment I heard about it . Well it looks like next year’s TechEd in Los Angeles has been switched back to one week! The new date is May 11-15, 2009. Wahoo!!!! » Microsoft TechEd 2009: Move back to 1-week format
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    Blog: TechEd North America 2008: I'll be there!

    TechEd North America 2008 Developer week is next week (June 3-6), followed by IT Pro week (June 10-13). I’ll be there both weeks… amazing… they are actually letting a dev in the IT Pro week. Don’t forget to pickup your free copy of my Pro SharePoint 2007 WCM Development book while you’re at TechEd! I’ll be there all week for the developer portion and part of the IT Pro (the latter half).
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    Blog: SharePoint @ the TechEd ]inbetween[

    With two TechEd’s back to back (hey, it’s new to us in North America),my fearless MSTF DE Joe Healy has been championing a special gathering of the Florida User Group Communities to create the ]inbetween[ conference. For you SharePoint junkies, there’s a SharePoint Fundamentals (or fun-for-mentals as I like to call it) session presented by Josh Carlisle , Mikhail Dikov , Jacob Sanford , Doug Ware , and Ted Pattison .
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    Blog: SharePoint by Day, SharePint by Night: vTechEd North America 2008

    Going to TechEd North America 2008 in Orlando? Are you a SharePoint professional or looking to get into it and mingle with people like you? Kick off the week right with an informal social gathering minus all the sponsorships and pushes by vendors. Last fall I started this little gathering called SharePoint by Day, SharePint by Night in Vegas for SP Connections and continued it with a very well attended event at the SharePoint Conference (maybe that’s because we picked a slick Irish pub to do the meet up!
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    Blog: A dissenting voice: splitting TechEd US into two weeks stinks for SharePoint professionals

    A few weeks ago Microsoft announced that TechEd US was going to be split from the 1-week format to the two week format that TechEd Barcelona does. The first week (June 3-6) is for developers , the second week (June 10-13) is for IT professionals . This was done based on attendee feedback and I know many popular people in this business love this decision. But frankly, I think it sucks from my point of view.
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    Blog: TechEd Recap and session links

    First, thanks to all who came to any of my four sessions this week at TechEd 2007 in Orlando. This week was my first week presenting major sessions (I presented a chalk talk last year). In all sessions I made references to a few URLs and code that people wanted to get access to, so here you go! On Tuesday I presented a chalk talk at the Office Technical Learning Center (TLC) on Migrating your MCMS 2002 site to MOSS 2007 WCM as well as co-hosting a Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) session on Prescriptive Guidance for Developers Building Publishing Sites in MOSS 2007 with Spencer Harbar .
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    Blog: Going to TechEd? Want to see the space shuttle launch Friday evening?

    For those of you who aren’t from the Florida area attending TechEd next week, I thought there was something you’d want to be aware of. On the last day of TechEd, well after Microsoft does last call, NASA is launching the space shuttle around 7:30p from Cape Canaveral (about an hour or so away from Orlando… due east from Orlando (the part of Florida that juts out a bit into the Atlantic).
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    Blog: TechEd is one week away... and I'll be there (and partying @ the Party with Palermo!)

    That’s right ladies and gents… TechEd 2007 USA is just around the corner and kicks off just in just over a week on June 3rd in Orlando with the pre-conference sessions. I’m really looking to the conference this year to hang with friends who you normally don’t get to see outside of conferences and absorb some great content! This year I’m presenting two breakout sessions, one chalk talk, and co-hosting one Birds of a Feather talk.
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    Blog: TechEd 2007 BoF Accepted: Prescriptive Guidance for Developers Building Publishing Sites in MOSS 2007

    As if one preconference session, two breakout sessions and a chalk talk weren’t enough, I had to submit a Birds Of a Feather session too! Thankfully I got word this week that it was accepted! What’s a BoF? Defined by the TechEd site : Meet people with similar interests and challenges in an open-forum environment that promotes discussion and interaction. Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions are organized and facilitated by two Microsoft community organizations- INETA , the developer user group; and Culminis , the IT pro user group.
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    Blog: TechEd 2007 Orlando ... I'll be there, you should be too!

    I’m pumped, and it’s still three months out! This will be my third straight TechEd, second just down the road from me in Orlando. This year will be different though… why? Well, I’m honored to have been selected as a speaker in the Office track! Going to be a busy week already. First, I’m co-hosting a pre-conference session the Sunday before TechEd with Mindsharp’s Bill English : SharePoint Server 2007 & Windows SharePoint Services v3: Overview, Deployment, Configuration and Management .
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    Blog: TechEd 2006 - Thursday night, June 19th ... a night I'll never forget

    This year’s attendee party at TechEd 2006 was at Boston’s Fenway Park , home of the Boston RedSox (gee, who didn’t know that)? Now, I’m not a huge MLB fan… the last few years I have gotten back into it and I did find myself pulling for Boston in the playoffs the last two years. But that’s not the point. I’m a sports fan at the core, and I fully grasp this truly special historic place called Fenway.
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    Blog: TechEd 2006 Reflection

    Another TechEd week is behind us, and what a week it was. The big coming out party centered around Office with its pending 2007 release later this year/early next year. As usual, the best part is spending time with all the people you usually only communicate with over email and follow on the blogosphere. This year was quite different for me as I staffed the Office Technical Learning Center (TLC) as a subject matter expert for CMS and WCM.
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    Blog: TechEd: CMS to WCM Migration Theater

    A while back I submitted a Birds of a Feather session on CMS to WCM migration/upgrade . Thanks to all who voted, but it didn’t get enough of a response to warrant it’s own BOF session. However, this session was rescheduled as a Theater Presentation in the Office Technical Learning Center (TLC) area and I’ll co-host it with MCS’ Mitch Prince Microsoft’s Arpan Shah who’s co-presenting the : TLC33-OFC329 Migrating your Content Management Server 2002 sites to Web Content Management in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007
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    Blog: TechEd vBoston 2006 : Mindsharp, where I'll be, CMS/WCM events/sessions

    Just when you turn around, it hits you… BAM, and TechEd is upon us! I’m anticipating a busy next two-three weeks writing and working with the latest MOSS Beta 2 (which, if you missed it, will be available sometime by the end of May ), so I wanted to get my obligatory “YOU ARE HERE” post. In this post you’ll find: where I’ll be, sessions (both ones I’m going to try to hit and CMS/WCM specific ones), and some Mindsharp info.
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    Blog: TechEd 2006 Connect - finally someone did it!

    It seems everytime we hit a conference, be it large like TechEd/DevConnections or small like a code camp, you usually see a flurry of activity on attendees blogs and mailboxes with “I’ll be there, let’s meet up” or something of the like. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a site where you could op-in and see a list of people who were attending? Sure would make things easier and more centeralized wouldn’t it?
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    Blog: TechEd 2006 BoF: Customizing the SharePoint Interface

    So many times the customization of the user interface is missed at most conferences and sessions… not so at TechEd! Heather Solomon has submitted a Birds of a Feather session covering this topic. If you’re not familiar with Heather, she’s an expert at customizing the user interface in SharePoint and has a fantastic grasp of the different options (FrontPage, file system, CSS, etc). Customizing the SharePoint Interface _Looking to dress up your SharePoint installation or apply several different user interfaces to individual sites?
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    Blog: MCMS 2002 -> MOSS 2007 Web Content Management TechEd 2006 Birds-of-a-Feather session

    Today I signed up for TechEd 2006 in June… this time it’s the Boston, MA version! Got my blog added to TechEdBloggers.net , got my “I’ll be there” badge posted on my blog, and even submitted a Birds-if-a-Feather session! What’s a Birds-if-a-Feather session you ask? As the site states : A Birds of a Feather session is a one-hour open, moderated discussion on any topic of great interest to Tech·Ed conference attendees.
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    Blog: TechEd 2005 USA PSA

    For those of you who were at TechEd 2005 USA in Orlando, expect your DVDs soon… mine showed up today.
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    Blog: Visual Studio Tools for Office

    While at TechEd , Chris talked me into going to see a lunch session by John Durant : GNL012 - Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office: Outlook Add-in support. I blogged a little about this previously so this may be a bit of a repeat but I was very impressed. His demo wasn’t the most flashy thing, but what I walked away with was seeing how easy it would be ot make these changes myself!
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    Blog: TechEd.USA.2005.Expo.Reflection()

    A few of the booths stood out to me over the last week that I wanted to mention. First, I got demos of Sketa and K2 ’s workflow products and had great conversations with both groups. Sanjay, the CEO of Skelta, had a great team who were all very friendly and helpful, not to mention demo’ing their product for me. I found that the VP of Marketing for K2 (Leah Clelland) and I had a common acquaintance: Mike V who used to be with NCompass, then MCS as a MCMS 2002 consultant, and now is with the Windows Server group.
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    Blog: TechEd.USA.2005.Reflection()

    By now I’ve had time to unload my loot, get some sleep, and start combing through the stack of tech rags, marking articles I want to read at a later time, and combing through the massive blog backlog from the past week. I’ve posted a general summary of each day. What I wanted to do now was take a moment and just write a little about the entire week… some observations and things that just hit me.
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    Blog: TechEd USA 2005 :: Day 6

    ::sniff:: The last day of my first ever TechEd. It’s been a hell of a week and well worth it. I plan to post a nice little wrap up of general TechEd stuff hopefully this weekend. If PDC is more hard core than TechEd, I’m dying to go. For now, I’ll likely just have to wait until next year. The day started off by hitting CLI335 - InfoPath: Developing Forms Using Managed Code in an effort to use TechEd and some web casts as my InfoPath crash course.
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    Blog: TechEd USA 2005 :: Day 5

    Thursday was yet again a session heavy day. The end of the day brough the party at Universal Studios which included free rides, drinks (including beer & wine), and food (they even bought out a few buffets to scatter trough the park. The best part of all though had to be the lack of any lines… THE only way to hit a park in Orlando! The day started out with Rob Howard’s WEB325 - ASP.
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    Blog: TechED USA 2005 :: Day 4

    Day 4 involved mostly sessions… not a lot of interaction at cabanas and such. Scott Guthrie’s sessions (WEB323 - ASP.NET 2.0: Overview of ASP.NET 2.0 (Part 1) & WEB324 - ASP.NET 2.0: Overview of ASP.NET 2.0 (Part 2)) included just a flat out killer rundown on the best of the breed in ASP.NET 2.0. He covered everything under the moon.. from themes, master pages, all the new intellisense things, some accessibility enhancements, the provider model, and some nice navigation as well as login features features.
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    Blog: TechEd USA 2005 :: Day 3

    Yet again, more non-breaking news form your TechEd 2005 blogger AC. Wireless connection is useless for me… part because of all the RF interference from the mass power running through this place, but also because I think I’m having issues. That’s ok though… nice being disconnected at times. The day started off with a keynote that featured Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005, and BizTalk 2006. The big news was that they are now all scheduled to go RTM the week of November 7, 2005.
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    Blog: MCMS News from TechEd USA 2005 :: Day 2 (Yes, there's more!!!)

    Arpan Shah’s second MCMS 2002 session at TechEd 2005 USA , PRT337 - Best Practices for Designing and Building Content Management Server Solutions, covered a ton of great information on best practices, things you shouldn’t do, things you should look at, etc. But first, the breaking news all MCMS developers have been waiting for! MCMS 2002 Service Pack 2: Expect this to be released after the .NET 2.0 Framwork is released (BTW: today’s keynote at TechEd announced that Visual Studio .
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    Blog: TechEd USA 2005 :: Day 1-2

    While I had intended to drive down early on Sunday morning, I decided sometime Saturday it was more appealing to drive down at night than get up very early to make it in time for some commitments that started at 11:30a Sunday.In the end, David (JAXDUG President) and I drove down Saturday night and picked up Heather from Downtown Disney (she had arrived earlier in the day via plane and caught a taxi over to Downtown Disney, so we gave her a ride back to the hotel).
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    Blog: MCMS News from TechEd USA 2005

    Today Arpan Shah held his first TechEd session of the week, PRT331 - Content Management Server: Accelerating Your Development and Deployment, packed in with lots of great news, demo’s, and a new offering for MCMS 2002! The best part: for those of us who are familiar with MCMS, only about 2 minutes of the entire presentation was overview for those not familiar. I’d like to highlight the key news that Arpan mentioned in his presentation…
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    Blog: TechEd 2005 is here!

    Finally… what we’ve been waiting for… TechEd is upon us! I’m primarily focusing on CMS, SharePoint, and .NET 2.0 stuff. I am also concentrating on SmartClients and ClickOnce as I think they have the potential to have a profound impact on the site. Want me to look into something @ TechEd while I’m here? Just send me an email via the contact form on my blog. Keep in mind I have a MoBlog which I’ll use primarily this week and post to my main blog when I have time (see: late nights, early mornings, and all those open spots in my schedule… yeah right!
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    Blog: TechEd 2005 Floor Map

    Someone bring string, breadcrumbs, and 2–way walkie talkies… THIS PLACE IS GOING TO BE HUGE!!! Updated: June 2, 2015 @9:11p (ET) Link to image removed… broken image.
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    Blog: The JAXDUG president is blogging!

    My last blog introduction of an associate ( Heather’s Blog ) went so well, seeing her showing up on many SharePoint & MCMS 2002 blogger’s blogrolls, I want to take a second to introduce another noteable. David Strommer , president of the Jacksonville Developers User Group (JAXDUG), has started blogging. The chats I’ve had with David are not just skimming the surface, lot more substance to our convos. He does a great job managing the JAXDUG, and he’s also running the Jacksonville Code Camp in August (which I’ll be giving two MCMS talks about).
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    Blog: TechEd 2005: My final schedule & moblogging

    I just completed my last minute updates to my TechEd 2005 USA schedule. I’ve double, tripple, and even quadruple booked myself for a few timeslots in an effort to keep a mental note of repeats I’m looking for. They are listed in order of preference… some are very close calls!!! I’ve also listed 4 hands on labs I hope to get time to do… I only expect to be able to hit one or two… but I may feel “maxed out” on sessions and just skip one (like Tuesday’s “Advances in Threat Modeling”).
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    Blog: TechEd Calendar and my first stab at my schedule...

    The calendar/scheduler is now MUCH faster (not sure why it was slow yesterday). At any rate, I’ve gone through and taken my first stab at my schedule. I’m already have conflict issues so my scheule will likely change over the next few weeks once I see when some of the repeat sessions I’m looking for are going to be given. I guess that will affect my Thursday & Friday schedules the most.
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    Blog: TechEd Calendar is Active

    You can now schedule yourself for sessions by logging into the site via the URL provided in the confirmation email you received when you registered using credentials provided to you. I’ve setup my schedule for the week but it needs QUITE a bit of work as I had many conflicts. The repeat sessions aren’t listed just yet as to what they’ll be, just when the’ll be.
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    Blog: TechEd USA 2005 is SOLD OUT!

    TechEd is sold out ! Guess everyone wanted that April 15 discount. I can’t wait! Now, the wait begins for when we can start booking our sessions… I can’t wait until May for that!
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    Blog: TechEd 2005: Shared Schedule & Session Registration

    I noticed today the sessions are starting to be populated with abstracts and no longer just the titles. I wonder when we’ll be able to start signing up and creating our calendar of the sessions we’ll attend? Sure would be cool if they provided some sort of an export where we could show our sessions in blogs. Regardless, I’ll post the sessions I plan to attend. If anyone is up for grabbing a drink and shooting the breeze about MCMS 2002 or SharePoint during the week, please contact me.
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    Blog: Rory and Scott go to TechEd - A love story

    A must watch. » Rory and Scott go to TechEd – A Love Story » Rory and Scott design some software – Revenge of the Sith
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    Blog: Cirque's La Nouba dark during TechEd 2005

    DAMNIT! La Nouba is dark during TechEd 2005! I was really looking forward to a fun night out at one of the big resteraunts at Downtown Disney, hitting La Nouba, and then going over to Pleasure Island. Yesterday I considered starting a online revolt, asking them to show it just one night… I mean, there are a TON of people in town for TechEd right?
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    Blog: TechEd 2005: I'll Be There!

    Got the news from my boss yesterday… I’m approved to go to TechEd 2005 in Orlando, FL! I’m pumped! Never been to TechEd or a big conference like this. The only conferences I’d been to in the past were Sigraph (1999) and Web 2000 (2000). Very much looking forward to this! It’s far out, but I’d like to focus my attention on the portal track (for MCMS 2002 and SharePoint) as well as the entire .