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What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

What would you do to get your hands on a fully licensed copy of Microsoft Visual Studio 2005?  I got the little metal cards a while back and still have one that I can give to anyone I wish.  If I'm not mistaken, I pretty sure it's a license to a single developer seat for the Visual Studio Team System and a subscription to MSDN Enterprise (I could be wrong... so don't sue me if I am, but I'm pretty sure I'm correct on this. ;-) ).

So here's the deal.  I still have one of these to give away.  What would you do to get one?  I'm going to allow time for people to blog their entries (just be sure to make sure a trackback is visible here - or you could leave a comment with the entry location - in other words, I need to see a link in the comments area for your entry to be considered).  If you don't have a blog, feel free to leave a comment - or better yet - go get you a blog and get with the program already!.  I'll choose the best one two weeks from now (yes, Thanksgiving - 11/23/2006 12:00:00 Central Time).  So the better you can make the offer sound, the more desperate you present your story, the more likely you have a chance to win!  Make me laugh, make me cry, don't really care.  Just try to make your story as memorable as you possibly can so you stick out in my mind as I try to consider who will receive this thing.

With that said, be creative and let the groveling begin!

Note: It doesn't have to be serious, the more outlandish the better!  As for what will be given away, it's a metal card that contains a special code that can be activated at http://www.mvpinvite.com.  This card must be activated by 12/31/2006.  I'll send you the code via email and mail (if you wish) the actual card.  Since this is a time sensative thing, be sure to not wait too long to activate it!

Update: While I was at the Twin Cites Code Camp, Rockford Lotka gave away one of these.  He assured me these are indeed cards to get you your very own copy of Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite with MSDN Premium Subscription! Individually purchased from Microsoft, the retail price is $10,939.00.  Yes, that's almost ELEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS!  So what are you waiting for?  You going to essentially let 11 grand slip through your fingers?  Put your creative hat on and blog something already... (Also, there technically is no limit on the number of "entries"... so if you have more than one idea... go for it.  Be creative and use text, pictures, drawings, diagrams, code, video, whatever!  The entries do not have to be serious... the more outlandish, the better!)

Published Thursday, November 9, 2006 9:32 PM by CorySmith
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# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System) and MSDN license?

Thursday, November 9, 2006 3:50 PM by Stephen Swienton

I'd cluck like a chicken.  As in the old jingle: "What would you do for a Klondike Bar" :p

http://www.icecreamusa.com/media_center/press_releases/klondike_6_06.pdf

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Thursday, November 9, 2006 4:30 PM by Michael Russell

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System) and MSDN license?

Thursday, November 9, 2006 8:22 PM by Paul Sturgill

Green tights....

http://paulrocks.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A7E7660398DCCE4B!145.entry

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System) and MSDN license?

Thursday, November 9, 2006 9:41 PM by Simon Hudson

free beer, from Africa, with an invite for more if you visit?

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System) and MSDN license?

Monday, November 13, 2006 8:13 AM by Tim Rayburn

I'd use it to craft better tools and add-ins for the VSTS Unit Testing as well as to support my work as a presenter at user groups and code camps.

I know, boring, doesn't keep up with green tights.

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System) and MSDN license?

Monday, November 13, 2006 3:05 PM by CorySmith

216 Views with 5 responses... so I guess the other 211 people already have an MSDN Subscription with Team System Suite?  WOW, at over $10,000 retail... that's impressive!

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Monday, November 13, 2006 6:22 PM by Dustin Laine

I would turn myself into a great coder.

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Monday, November 13, 2006 6:41 PM by Jaime Moreno

I'd start camping out at your doorstep since I'm currently unemployed and have no life and start crying if I didn't win or you called the cops on me like these poor souls trying to get a PS3.

http://www.kotaku.com/gaming/sony/ps3-campers-removed-from-burbank-best-buy-214082.php

PS3 ain't got nothing on a MSDN subscription!

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Monday, November 13, 2006 6:55 PM by daviangel

Actually I'd camp out here at the local bestbuy and pick you up a PS3 since I don't know where you live and besides it doesn't get too cold at night here in California so I won't freeze to death.

You gotta let me know soon though since the lines are already forming up and only 4 days to go!

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Monday, November 13, 2006 11:25 PM by HeXanon

Stuck here in Africa those things are unheard of. An individual MSDN subscription ? You mean actual people can get those.

PS3 is only due out here next year, so I cannot compete on those terms.

Do you have any use for a (used) left testicle ?

That's pretty much my limit, unless you want (or need ) a kidney...

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Tuesday, November 14, 2006 1:21 AM by Dimi

I will start learning JAVA.

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Tuesday, November 14, 2006 2:02 AM by Dragos

Holy moly!!! A Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license worth all my efforts to please you and to thank you! Take a look at my offer that just can't be refused because you are a human being like all of us, right? I am from Romania and I thought it will be a great idea to give you as thank-offering one of our country's wonder appreciated by all the foreigners that visit my country: a very beautiful, sexy, smart and loving girl (wow!!!) that will love you just because you made me happy by giving me the license for Visual Studio 2005 :-).

I don't know this girl yet because I heard pretty late about your generous offer but I intend to organize a national beauty contest and I make a promise to you that I will choose the most beautiful girl you ever saw :-). (I hope you are a man and not a woman because otherwise my proposal is not a good one for you but we'll easily manage by replacing the word "girl" with the words "young man" and my proposal is a strong one again :-) :-) :-)).    And another strong point for me is the following: if you decide to give me the license you will gain an everlasting friendship with a man that lives in the Dracula's country and you know what is the saying - "You are friend with me and therefore you are friend with all my compatriots no matter when they lived" (this is a saying that I just invented :-) but it is valid anyway) - and I think is not a good decision for you not to be friend with Count Dracula :-).

And now I want to tell you another reason (maybe not so outlandish but real and very important to me) in order to determine you to give me your extra license: If you give me that license I promise you that I'll create a Programs Generator in C++ with COM technology and that Generator will be more flexible than Workflow Foundation from Microsoft and you have my word on that - it will be a great product that will have a bright future! As I'll get on in my work I'll let you know what my progresses are and I assure you that you will not be disappointed by what I'll realize with your great help. And not to forget: I'll mention your help to everyone that will work with my Generator.

Thank you very much for your attention and I hope with all my heart that I will win the license!

Kind regards,

A passionate programmer.

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Tuesday, November 14, 2006 2:16 AM by Andrew A

You better give it to me or I will steal the 'Q' key from every keyboard around the world. Then noone will ever be able to use another Microsoft product again because everyone knows that product keys always contain a Q.

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Tuesday, November 14, 2006 2:30 AM by David Taylor

Darn it.

I had one of those, or at least the option to get Team Developer, Architect or Tester - but did not activate it in time.

My MSDN Universal subscription expired a few weeks ago, and before it expired I tried to download MSDN Team Architect, but was told I needed to do the 'free upgrade' by June 30!

So even though I was correctly subscribed, and paid I think $4000 AUD or something ($3000 USD), they would not let me get it.

Pretty upsetting quite frankly.

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Tuesday, November 14, 2006 6:28 AM by Hassan Voyeau

I would write a memorable comment to this post that would have you rolling on the floor with laughter.

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Tuesday, November 14, 2006 7:09 AM by J.D. Deutschendorf

I would provide a VERY RARE mp3 of Elroid Funglebuhtt singing the classic 1970's Morris Albert tune Feelings in a Lithuainian-esqe dialect. The lyrics to the chorus go something like this:

Gruebshnott, yo - yo - yo Gruebshnott...

Of course there are a number of missing umlauts in the line above. Suffice to state that the Actual Recording is imbued with such raw emotional power and semi-historical provenance that... ahhhh... mere words fail me now.

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Tuesday, November 14, 2006 11:28 AM by Andrew Robinson

What would I do? Well backing up a step, I am not sure that I really need the Team Suite for my work right now but that is based on me having to go and pay for it. That decision is an easy one for me.

But, if I were to get a copy I would feel this deep need to learn all that there is about the product. I would feel on a daily basis the need to push myself as hard as I can to expand my horizons with regards to TS.

Ok, maybe not the most compelling argument but I do feel it is a reasonable commitment on my part. Feed a man for a day... teach a man to fish... In this case, I will do the teaching myself. I just need the tools.

-Andy

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Tuesday, November 14, 2006 1:23 PM by Sebastian Brand

I would use the license to upgrade my latest product (<ad>A freeware Travel time Addin for Outlook, see link *g*</ad>) to the latest Visual Studio + Office 2007 as currently I only have a VS2003 license and definitely want to create some more cool Outlook and Office 2007 addins. :-)

Greetings from Princeton, NJ.

Sebastian

# What would I do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Tuesday, November 14, 2006 3:14 PM by .Net Stuff

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Tuesday, November 14, 2006 3:15 PM by Michael Dunn

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Tuesday, November 14, 2006 6:21 PM by Brian Brown

1.  I will figure out what a BLOG is and maybe get one for myself.  Does k-mart sell them?

2.  I will admit that I am wrong about the internet just being a 'fad'.

3.  I'll update my personal website using a technology developed after 1995.

4.  I will create vinyl window stickers for my SUV that says:

Corey Smith Rocks!

addressof.com

I'll leave it on for at least a year.. probably longer cause I'm too lazy to take it off.  I'm not talking about a small sign either.. it will take up most of the rear side windows.  Very legible at a distance..  

5. I will also try to get 'addressof' as my tag for my jeep (not sure about the length allowed).  If it is too short I will register a tag of Corey's choice for at least year.

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Thursday, November 16, 2006 7:59 AM by Alex Dresko

I will video tape myself hugging 100 random people and I will say "Thank you, Cory!" to all of them! I'll then post the video on youtube for all to watch.

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Thursday, November 16, 2006 8:03 AM by Alex Dresko

I will cover every inch of my walls and ceiling in my office with pictures of Cory for an entire month! I have a lot of friends that come over so this is sure to get noticed!

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Thursday, November 16, 2006 8:05 AM by Alex Dresko

I will make sweet love with the metal card after you send it. And I will call it Cory while doing so. If video taping it makes my case even stronger, well... you're the one that has to watch it. :)

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Thursday, November 16, 2006 10:22 PM by Prasad Khandekar

Is this a joke? These things are not available for free. If it's really true, I wish I could do something to have my hands on it, but I am too lazy, Can I do java not J# stupid using it.

Another thought would be to modify it altogether for the benefit of JAVA community.

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Friday, November 17, 2006 7:34 AM by Chingo Bling

I would remove the copy I got on emule!

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Friday, November 17, 2006 3:12 PM by Steve Hebert

I'd offer my XBoxLive moniker - Mongo

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Friday, November 17, 2006 3:15 PM by Steve Hebert

I hit submit too quick.

I'd offer my xbox live moniker - Mongo

Throw in a case of Leinenkugel's Beer

Gift Certificate to Red Savoy's Pizza (you're from the Mpls/St Paul area, right)?

One box of candy.

You can't be Mongo without living it.

# Compete for a Visual Studio 2005 Team System Suite and MSDN License

Saturday, November 18, 2006 11:13 AM by Blogging About .NET

Yesterday I found that Cory at AddressOf has a spare subscription to Visual Studio 2005 Team System Suite...

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Sunday, November 19, 2006 5:50 PM by Alex Dresko

Thursday is also my recent ex-girlfriend's birthday... I can already tell I'm going to be feeling a bit down on that day, so this subscription card would definitely cure the @#$%ing blues!

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Sunday, November 19, 2006 5:55 PM by Alex Dresko

Most people never know this by looking at me, but I have six randomly placed flea tattoos all over my body (right shoulder, left arm pit, the top of my head, my left ass cheek, my left ankle, and my right calf). I've been getting a new one every year or two since I was 18, but at about the size of an eraser tip, they're pretty hard to see.

Anyway, if I win this thing, I'll go the very same weekend to the same place I always go (they call me the flea guy when I walk in) and get a seventh tattoo and will tell everyone its name is Cory for the rest of my life!

Cory the flea... think about it!

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Sunday, November 19, 2006 6:16 PM by Alex Dresko

I will write, record, and video tape an original full length punk rock song called "Cory Kills Kaleidoscopes!" I will, of course, be the singer,  and will be backed up by two guitarist, a basist, and a drummer.

We'll freakin rawk your sawks off! Not many people have a song written for them, and if you consider my previously posted creativity, I'm sure you'll have little doubt it will be a great song!

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Monday, November 20, 2006 3:44 PM by Eugen Anghel

I'd write code for a month using only a 400dpi mouse and the OnScreen Keyboard

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Monday, November 20, 2006 8:16 PM by stupidpasswd

I would pay your sister for the first time.

:)

Then I'd dance randomly in public like this douche:

http://media1.davesdaily.com/videoclips/videoclips20/122-bestbuycaughtonvideo.wmv

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 6:31 AM by Dragos

Hello again Cory,

I want to tell you that I still crazily want to win the Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license like I already told you in my previous post from November 14 and I want to ask you not to forget that.

But no matter whether I will be the winner or somebody else, I want to wish you with my whole heart a Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Kind regards,

A passionate programmer.

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 7:18 AM by Alex Dresko

I will write all of my code for a week with pink fingernails..

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 7:21 AM by Alex Dresko

I will marry you..... provided we can find a state that allows that type of thing. :)

That brings up an interesting question.. can two guys get married if they're not gay? hrmmmm

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 7:29 AM by Alex Dresko

I will x your y for n!!!!

How can you resist that?

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 7:32 AM by Alex Dresko

Email CoryForTheWin [at] alexdresko [dot] com if you pick me. :)

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 7:36 AM by Alex Dresko

I will use my new copy of Visual Studio to write a new programming language called Cory#

# You snooze, you lose.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 11:17 AM by AddressOf.com

Don&#39;t miss your opportunity to get your hands on your very own license to Microsoft Visual Studio

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 12:08 PM by Alex G

visual studio for free eh?

i normally don't offer this... how about a hand job?

is that outlandish enough? :)

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 12:40 PM by Clint

I'd ask someone to officially change their name to Addressof.  My wife would not like to call me that.

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 12:48 PM by edddy

I wasn't thinking on enter, because I has an old MSDN subscription (from my previous job, now I'm freelance) that MS forgot to cancel. Live was good.

Last friday I started downloading Windows Vista, from MSDN, but, poor me, I don't claim the product key that day, thinking of claiming it later.

Yesterday (tuesday) the longest download in the world finish (I live in a small town in the third world, so broadband is not so broad), and I was ready to install it, only need the product key.

Lucky me, MS decided to cancel my account that day!!! Now I have a DVD with no key, and that why now I am desperate for a new MSDN account.

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 8:01 PM by Matthew

I would go to a boring job everyday to get this prize.

I would put up with boring drudgery. Endless meetings. Pointless projects. Mind numbing boredom.

All this I would do. Hell, I am doing it now.

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Thursday, November 23, 2006 9:29 AM by Jason Kergosien

My first plea for the goodies!

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Thursday, November 23, 2006 9:30 AM by Jason Kergosien

<a href="http://www.ilovecsharp.net/Home/tabid/687/EntryID/4/Default.aspx" target="_new">My first posting</a> revised...

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Thursday, November 23, 2006 9:34 AM by Jason Kergosien

What I would do, part II.

This winter, I will tour the country, giving VB.NET the highest civilian tribute!

http://www.ilovecsharp.net/Home/tabid/687/EntryID/5/Default.aspx

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Thursday, November 23, 2006 9:51 AM by Jason Kergosien

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Thursday, November 23, 2006 9:58 AM by Jason Kergosien

The real deal:

http://www.ilovecsharp.net/Home/tabid/687/EntryID/7/Default.aspx

Thanks for the fun, Cory!

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Thursday, November 23, 2006 10:20 AM by Eating Turkey

12:20 Central Time .... and the winner is...

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Thursday, November 23, 2006 1:11 PM by daviangel

I'd make everyone think I won to limit the competition ;)

Thanks Cory for the free subscription!

I'm your codemonkey for life!

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Thursday, November 23, 2006 1:49 PM by daviangel

I won't sue you if it's just Premiere or Professional version and not Enterprise!

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Thursday, November 23, 2006 1:51 PM by daviangel

<a href="http://jaimem.clearwire.net/index.html">Thanks again for your consideration</a>

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Thursday, November 23, 2006 1:51 PM by daviangel

http://jaimem.clearwire.net/index.html

Ok I'll figure it out yet

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Thursday, November 23, 2006 2:02 PM by daviangel

Just don't sue me for using your gift subscription to program in VB since I still do alot of VB!

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Thursday, November 23, 2006 4:32 PM by Mitch Wheat

I'd go out and get a T-shirt printed that said, "I entered Cory Smith's blog competition and all I got was this lousy $10,000 MSDN Enterprise Subscription!!!"

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Friday, November 24, 2006 7:32 AM by Alex Dresko

I had a dream I won last night... WHO WON??????????????????

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Friday, November 24, 2006 1:44 PM by daviangel

I guess noone made Cory laugh,cry or made any sort of lasting impression?

Either that or he's stuck at the airport like millions of other holiday travelers and doesn't have wifi access!

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Friday, November 24, 2006 4:04 PM by alex dres

if u pick me, i'll let u borrow my ppc 6700 for a week so u can see wat it's like to respond to blogs when you can't get real inter access like how i'm doing right now to find out if I won. :)

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Sunday, November 26, 2006 5:38 PM by daviangel

Maybe he's building up excitement by waiting until day before card expires?LOL!

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Monday, November 27, 2006 3:30 AM by Dragos

I can't wait to find out who won the license and of course I hope that I am the happy Winner :-)!!! I have a bottle of champagne on ice and I am ready to raise my first glass from this champagne in honor of your generosity! Now I only have to wait your announcement.

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Wednesday, November 29, 2006 9:49 PM by daviangel

Still got 32days to go.

I'm willing to wait it'd be a nice christmas present and late birthday one!

# re: What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

Wednesday, November 29, 2006 10:02 PM by daviangel

Ok I might as well let anyone anguishing over the contest results still know it's over!

http://addressof.com/blog/archive/2006/11/24/Choices_2C00_-Choices_2C00_-Choices.aspx

I guess I can change my homepage back now.

I don't know if getting so close to winning is worse or having to wait another month to find out if I did...

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