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Posted Tuesday, January 24, 2012 12:25 AM


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Posted Tuesday, January 24, 2012 2:53 AM


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Yeah right Steve, I can see my bosses face when I ask him for funding to go to Vegas admittedly I am UK based. I have carefully nurtured him over three years in order to get approval to go to Copenagen for Codegarden - Vegas would take a little bit more work than that I feel.

With you on the gambling though - we had a Christmas party in a casino with some chips provided as a starter a while back. I didn't bother spending mine. I am happy to work for my money - I love to pit my wits against others in card games or similar, but just not for money.
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Posted Tuesday, January 24, 2012 7:36 AM
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Steve,

Take a few rolls of quarters and spend them at the Pinball Hall of Fame. Proceeds go to charity.

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Posted Tuesday, January 24, 2012 8:05 AM


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I'd love to go but there is no way I'd get the paid time off (and hotel/airfare) to attend something like this.



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Posted Tuesday, January 24, 2012 10:55 AM


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Posted Tuesday, January 24, 2012 10:58 AM


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My company sent four people (mostly managers) about three years ago to that and they ran up the company's expense accounts so bad on that one trip, (not to mention the lavish 4 day hotel + round trip air fare expense) that the company cancelled all future trips to Las Vegas DEV Connections. The real kick in the tail were the people who would have gotten the most out of DEV Connections were not sent in the first place. Just a bunch of Managers just looking for a paid vacation on the company's dime. They rarely use, or shared what they learned with anyone, if anything, once they got back too. All they talked about is how much money they won/lost gambling and partying. "To the victors go the spoils" as the old saying goes.

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Posted Tuesday, January 24, 2012 11:14 AM
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I'm happy to say that I have approval to attend and have already booked the arrangements. Looking forward to a great conference.
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Posted Tuesday, January 24, 2012 11:31 AM


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My company sent four people (mostly managers) about three years ago to that and they ran up the company's expense accounts so bad on that one trip, (not to mention the lavish 4 day hotel + round trip air fare expense) that the company cancelled all future trips to Las Vegas DEV Connections. The real kick in the tail were the people who would have gotten the most out of DEV Connections were not sent in the first place. Just a bunch of Managers just looking for a paid vacation on the company's dime. They rarely use, or shared what they learned with anyone, if anything, once they got back too. "To the victors go the spoils" as the old saying goes.

It's inevitable that all companies reach a point where they want to cut back on expenses. When one of those day's come, I'd rather be the guy known for staying behind and keeping the servers running, rather than being known as one of the guys who fly around and run up bar tabs at the company's expense.



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Posted Tuesday, January 24, 2012 11:37 AM


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My company sent four people (mostly managers) about three years ago to that and they ran up the company's expense accounts so bad on that one trip, (not to mention the lavish 4 day hotel + round trip air fare expense) that the company cancelled all future trips to Las Vegas DEV Connections. The real kick in the tail were the people who would have gotten the most out of DEV Connections were not sent in the first place. Just a bunch of Managers just looking for a paid vacation on the company's dime. They rarely use, or shared what they learned with anyone, if anything, once they got back too. "To the victors go the spoils" as the old saying goes.

It's inevitable that all companies reach a point where they want to cut back on expenses. When one of those day's come, I'd rather be the guy known for staying behind and keeping the servers running, rather than being known as one of the guys who fly around and run up bar tabs at the company's expense.


Absolutely! Eric. I am also one of those guys too that hold the fort down while the "deadwood" goes to Vegas for a 4 day paid vacation on the company's dime.


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Posted Tuesday, January 24, 2012 11:49 AM


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Would love to attend one year, but it's not going to be this year. This year it'll likely be PASS Summit again and maybe (hopefully) TechEd Europe. Will see how things turn out.


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