Last night teched09sucks surfaced, scorning the keynote and HP 2140 netbooks.
Their first complaint appeared innocuously enough save for the user handle, “no tech-ed US CD’s this year?” he or she asked.
This was soon followed with a litany of complaints, “venue is small and overcrowded,” “touch is slower than typing” in reference to Sarah Vaughan’s touchscreen demonstration, “MS execs have nothing to say,” “Even Rove couldn’t save the keynote” and more.
One tweet expressed frustration at being unable to read the projected computer screen displays from the back of the auditorium. This criticism is possibly unfair given it came some 12 hours after the keynote, during which one presenter did ensure they used the zoom accessibility function within Windows to magnify the portion of the screen they were referring to.
Microsoft personalities Nick Hodge and Sara Ford attempted to engage with teched09sucks extending an invitation to give detailed feedback while some Tech-Ed participants following the Twitter feed requested tips for Twitter clients that allowed them to block teched09sucks.
While the ensuing banter was not deep, the Twitter dialogue that followed saw teched09sucks longing for Frank Arrigo – popular Aussie Microsoft personality who has since relocated to Microsoft headquarters in Seattle – and lamenting the lack of international speakers.
It transpired that the HP netbooks – a major drawcard and largely seen as the most impressive conference freebie ever – did cut into the Tech-Ed budget.
“So you guys cut all the teched features for some netbooks. Nice choice,” teched09sucks tweeted, before following with “Is it really about a free computer? Isn’t it about technical education? My employer doesn’t care about a computer” and “I’d trade the netbook for international speakers, better keynote, meet the experts sessions etc.”
Following more discussion with Nick Hodge teched09sucks did relent somewhat, expressing “the netbooks are nice” but still maintaining “it feels like it was used as a distraction because you knew it was a budget teched.”
Fortunately, for Microsoft, nobody else on the #auteched Twitter feed appears to be having a bad time save for one tweet lamenting the desserts had run out even though lunch was still scheduled for another hour, several grumbles about BitTorrent hogs stealing all the WiFi bandwidth and one poor soul whose work colleagues are skipping the conference party at Dreamworld tonight leaving him to go by himself.