I really liked the TechEd Conference. It was a lot of fun. A few of my initial impressions were a bit wrong. For instance, due to the three buildings it spanned throughout, it was often more of a track meet than a conference - but it was a very educational track meet. I did not go to as many seminars as I had originally wanted to, but feel that I gained more from talking with some of the attendees and fellow staff members anyway. I went to see the Keynote speaker who spoke for nearly two hours about the Cloud, and a couple of the security-related ones such as the Wireshark course, WiFi, and "Defense Against the Dark Arts" courses. I found most of these informative, but I feel that I should have gauged the courses better to gain more, but that's for next year. I learned a lot not only about the security of my technical network, but of my personal network. By that, I mean to say, how to network with people. I made new friends, found out about different types of businesses (I never would have actually thought that a third party business would make another's application run more efficiently. Isn't this what the programmers themselves were supposed to do?). I also learned a lot about techniques in my own job search. I learned that I was smarter than I thought I was. Out of it, I got a plan for at least the next five years of my life, which is not something many other college graduates can say they have. This is priceless!
I certainly will not leave this blog alone any time soon (though am considering a host change). There will, however, be a few weeks where updates will be scarce as I finish my last class for my Bachelor's Degree (*happy dance and hallelujah chorus ensues*). In the next couple of days, I hope to have some pictures up.
tonight: So long, and thanks for all the fish!