Get Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 for free at a launch event – level 000

That’s right.  Attend a launch event, and you’ll get the standard
version of that software for free.  That’s very valuable if your
company doesn’t provide copies for your personal use.  SQL Server
standard is plenty capable for most database requirements as
well.  These are full versions, not Express version. 

The Austin MSDN Event launch is sold out, but the Houston event on Dec
6th is still accepting registration, so go reserve your spot now.