Hurry over to the CodeProject Store and pick one up.
I put my order in late in the afternoon on Monday, then got an e-mail from Patricia the next morning telling me I goofed up my VISA number. After that, the card was declined because my bank protects me by imposing a $500 a day limit to debit transactions. After I straightened everything out with my bank, I sent Patricia and e-mail saying it should be good to go. 30 minutes later I’ve got an invoice marked Paid in my e-mail and this morning Patricia called again saying that they just got the retail box in today and it would go out to me today (with delivery by tomorrow). She also told me the procedure I would have to go through to get my subscription going and that if by chance my subscription number was duplicated (thanks to a glitch on MS’ part) to give her a call back so I can get a fax number that I can use to fax a copy of my paid invoice and the box top.
I love the support and that Patricia went out of her way to explain the procedure to me even when the e-mail containing the invoice already explained the subscription part of it.
So why did I buy a subscription? Microsoft just announced that a preview version of Visual Studio .NET 2005 is available to MSDN subscribers and I felt I needed a new way to look at .NET to write more articles. In addition it was just plain time that I started getting the tools I needed to get my own business going without going half-assed about it.