TechEd 2010 Bag and Pen Secrets Revealed!

Sunday, June 6, 2010
Exclusive here on Gizmodo The EXPTA {blog} - The hidden secrets of the TechEd pen and bag are revealed for the first time!!! Hopefully this will save you hours of frustration and may even SAVE YOUR LIFE.

First, the TechEd pen.  It's a pen.  It's a highlighter.  It's both!  But how do I access this highlighter, you ask.  Looking at the seemingly normal pen you will notice a small yellow button.  Press it and the end will pop out.

Now pull on the end that popped out, HARD.  You won't break it or anything.  Pretend it's a hand grenade - just don't lob the pen, you'll probably want to keep that.

Viola!  You may now highlight to your heart's content.

Now, onto the coveted TechEd bag.  I gotta say that I really like this year's bag.  It's sturdy, got lots of pockets, and it's a little more trim than most year's bags.  Great quality as usual, too.  I'm not sure how the neon green 1974 Jordache Jeans thing will look in a few years, but I like it.  I also like the cool aluminum water bottle they give this year (minus that pesky toxic materials warning of yesteryear).

Once you go through all your swag materials, take a close look at the bottom of the bag.  Here, you'll see a small Velcro opening.

This opening reveals the TechEd bag drag shoot!!!

You can use the drag shoot to slow you down as you run between the parties at this year's TechEd! 

Enjoy your conference and I hope to see you here in New Orleans!


  1. Haven't gotten my bag yet. I give up, what is the drag chute really?

    Great blog, thx.
    -Jen McCown

  2. I believe it's supposed to be a "bag poncho" to shield you bag from the rain. Either that or a "bag condom".

  3. Good info. Thank you for the heads up

  4. It's to slow you down when running across session rooms ;-)

  5. It's to carry a bag of ice to help cool you off when you're outside.

  6. Isn't it a life preserver?

  7. It's a bag poncho. It has hook that attach to loops at the top of the bag under the shoulder straps.

    Or it's a tail

    One or the other.


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