I am at TechEd 2006 in Boston this week. I registered yesterday (Sunday), coming in on the subway. This is one conference that is not much of a change for me as I commute into Boston everyday anyway -- usually on the commuter rail. It's interesting to have this large conference in my "backyard". I already know my way around pretty well. :)
Yesterday, I attended the Malware Removal pre-conference presented by Mark Russinovich (of SysInternals
fame). It was filled with a lot of great Windows security information which included the basics, descriptions of malware, descriptions of rootkits, ways to counter malware, and even a short section on running with a Limited User Account (LUA). Mark gave the warning I always give as well -- you can remove some malware off your machine, but sometimes (actually most of the time) the best course of action is to repave and reinstall the OS. You really don't know how infected you may be once the door has been opened.
I bought Bob Beauchemin
's and Dan Sullivan
's completed (and awaited) book on A Developer's Guide to SQL Server 2005
. I thoroughly enjoyed their first book -- this one looks to be almost twice the size. I started looking at two of my favorite topics in SQL Server 2005: security and service broker, and I wasn't disappointed. This will be a book I will enjoy digesting over the next month.
While at TechEd, I will be working as a technical expert in the Connected Systems track in the Technical Learning Center (TLC) "blue" area (what used to be called Cabanas?) Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons. It's been a couple of months since I looked at WCF in detail, but I just loaded the new Vista Beta 2 on my laptop last night (from the CD found in our TechEd bag) and installed VS 2005 and the new WinFx er, correction, .NET 3.0 (since last Friday) SDK so I can play with the latest bits. This should be fun.
If you at TechEd, come on by and say hello.