As some of you may know, I recently began a job with PreEmptive Solutions. One of the (big) company perks of the job is an MSDN subscription.
Before, I had an academic Dreamspark account. I actually gave up on trying to use the site after an update that made me lose all hope in the site. Basically, instead of you directly downloading files, they gave you a "secure download manager". This download manager is extremely notorious for being slow, not properly decrypting the downloaded files, and just flat out not working.
I was very afraid that this secure download manager was used everywhere. I'm very relieved to say it's not. With an MSDN subscription, you get to download ISO files and such through a plain ol' HTTP connection.
So, if you've used Dreamspark in the past and had a bitter taste in your mouth from it, know that an MSDN subscription, while initially expensive, is a miraculous thing. With my company subscription I get nearly every piece of new software from Microsoft with the exception of a few server products.
Random blog post of the month heh