I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.
Makes me yearn for a faster connection, about a 2300 mb download to get all the various pieces and if you download from the main link http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6A39AFFA-DB6E-48A9-82E4-4EFD6705F4A6&displaylang=en it doesn't launch the MS download manager so that you can pause and resume if needed. I'm torn between downloading to see if they are getting closer, or maybe just wait to get the inevitable free DVD at PASS next week. It's nice that they package them as VPC images rather than the raw bits, but it's still a certain amount of time/effort to download four files, extract them, etc, etc. I'd like to see them set up a terminal server farm where you could just log in to a clean CTP4 environment and experiement. No download time, no messing around, and when they have new bits, easy to upgrade the terminal farm.