If you're like me, you're preparing for a trip to TechEd, Microsoft's biggest technical conference, to spend a week or two at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. If this is the case, then I have an important tip for you:
Buy new insoles for your shoes.
That wasn't what you were expecting, is it? It's certainly not technical advice, but it will help you get the most out of the conference. The OCCC is huge. Massive. The main room (where the Technical Learning Center will be located) is the biggest room in the world. Seriously big. And that means that you'll be doing a lot of walking, and a lot of standing, and (trust me on this one) there's not a lot of padding between the carpet and the cement floor underneath.
So do yourself - and your feet - a big favor: Buy new insoles before the conference begins. Your feet will thank you. Mine are thanking me already.