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October 13, 2011

TrainSignal’s 2011 Fall Book Giveaway

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Your chance to win autographed copies of the best IT books!

We like to give away free stuff to our readers on a regular basis, it’s what we do to show our thanks for your support! This month we are giving away over $1,000 worth of autographed copies of books by some of the most influential experts in the IT industry.

How to Enter

From Thursday, October 13th through Friday, October 21st we will be giving away signed copies of seven different titles — a different book will be given away each day.

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Scroll down to the discussion section of this post
  2. Briefly tell us about your favorite tech innovation of this year
  3. Submit your comment on the days you want to be entered to win according to the list below

On the last day of the giveaway, we will be giving away a grand prize of all the books valued at over $400.

The Goods

At least one winner will be selected everyday during the contest. We will take the comments posted each day and randomly select a winner to receive the book of the day. Remember, on the last day of the contest we will give away a package of all the books being given away valued at over $400. Here’s what you can win on each day of the contest:

Thursday October 13

Zero Day by Mark Russinovich

Zero Day

CONGRATULATIONS to Thursday’s Winners, Duncan Pope & Jesus Lopez

Mark Russinovich, Microsoft Technical Fellow and leading authority on cyber security, composed this novel as a cautionary “what if” tale about the perils of poot security infrastructure. The thrilling novel provides a glimpse of the real threats of cyberterrorism.

Friday October 14

Windows Internals, 5th Edition by Mark Russinovich, David Solomon, Alex Ionescu

Windows Internals

Congratulations to Friday’s Winners Kirk Battick and Mike Preston!

A team of internals experts break down advanced techniques in architecture for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista. Learn from great perspectives on performance, debugging, system design, and more.

Saturday October 15

Windows 7 Secrets by Paul Thurrott and Rafael Rivera

Windows 7 Secrets

Congratulations to Saturday’s Winners Greg Bryant and Ric Chapman!

This full-length guide is a great reference for users to become experts with Windows 7. All the features and functions that distinguish the operating system are covered by Microsoft Windows experts Paul Thurrott and Rafael Rivera.

Sunday October 16

Mastering Windows Server 2008 R2 by Mark Minasi

Mastering Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2

Congratulations to Sunday’s Winners Kent Nolan and Supun Kaushal!

World-renowned Windows expert Mark Minasi crafted one of the most in-depth Server 2008 R2 resources out there. His book teaches the core concepts crucial to the skills of a sys admin.

Monday October 17

Windows PowerShell 2.0 by Don Jones and Jeff Hicks

Windows PowerShell 2.0

Congratulations to Monday’s Winners Albert Osekre and Josue Castillo!

Two Microsoft PowerShell MVPs, Don Jones and Jeff Hicks, put together an ultimate scripting resource for beginners to those with advanced skill sets. They cover all the features of PowerShell v2, and advanced functions, such as writing cmdlets and custom formatting views.

Tuesday October 18

Managing Active Directory with Windows PowerShell by Jeff Hicks

Managing Active Directory with Windows PowerShell

Congratulations to Tuesday’s Winners Camilo Campo and Jeffrey Smith!

PowerShell guru Jeff Hicks shows you how to make Active Directory and PowerShell work together in this second edition publication. Use this book to work with real-world script examples to help you save time and money.

Wednesday October 19

Learn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches by Don Jones

Learn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches

Congratulations to Wednesday’s Winners Ryan Breneman and Simon

PowerShell MVP Don Jones wil have you comfortable with effective PowerShell techniques in just an hour a day.

UPDATE: Thursday October 20

Mastering vSphere 5 by Scott Lowe

We’ve got some more autographed titles for an extra day of IT Book Giveaways! The new book from VCDX Scott Lowe covers the features of the popular virtualization platform from VMware. This book is a surefire guide for knowing how to install and configure vSphere 5, and use it’s features, like the Web Client, to ensure smooth operations after migration. Mastering vSphere 5 will also be added to Grand Prize Book Bundle.

Friday October 21: Grand Prize!

Win all the titles signed by the authors!

UPDATE: Congrats to the Grand Prize Winner Marty Pennartz! And thanks to everyone who participated, your support is greatly appreciated!

Win All 8 Books

Official Contest Rules:

Please read through all of the official stuff below before entering:

No purchase necessary to enter or win. By entering you agree to our use of your name in any TrainSignal literature.

Binding Agreement

In order to enter TrainSignal’s 2011 Fall Book Giveaway (the “Contest”), you must agree to these Official Contest Rules (the “Rules”); please read this entire document prior to entry to ensure you understand and agree. You agree that submission of an entry in the Contest constitutes agreement to the Rules. The Rules form a binding legal agreement between you and TrainSignal, Inc with respect to the Contest.


The Contest is open to all individuals 18 years and older. Current TrainSignal employees are not eligible. Only one entry per person, per day. In order for your entry to be eligible it must meet all of the requirements as listed above. Entries that do not include all of the requirements are deemed ineligible.

How to Enter

To enter the contest you must submit a comment listing your favorite tech innovation of 2011. Any comments submitted that do not include a tech innovation will not be eligible to win. You must submit your comment according to the giveaway schedule listed above. Any entries received after the contest deadlines will be deemed invalid.


All Prizes are not redeemable in cash and must be accepted as awarded. By claiming the prize, the winner authorizes the use, without additional compensation of his or her name and municipality of residence for promotion and advertising purposes as deemed appropriate by TrainSignal, Inc. Any potential winner who cannot be contacted by email within 14 days of the first attempted notification will forfeit his/her prize.


Participants agree that personal data including name, mailing address, phone number and email address will be collected and used for purposes of administering the Contest. If a Participant does not provide the required data when requested, the Participant’s Entry will be ineligible for any prizes. All personal data collected will be maintained in accordance with Train Signal’s Privacy Policy which all Participants should read and understand.

Contest Sponsor

The Contest is sponsored by TrainSignal, Inc, 152 W. Center Court, Schaumburg, Illinois 60462.

About the Author

is a web editor for TrainSignal curating breaking IT news and serving up the latest free videos and tutorials on the blog. He’s an unashamed music junkie and if a coffee I.V. is ever invented, it’s probably safer that you don’t let him find out. Follow @thechriscore for cool news and stories, and happenings at TrainSignal HQ.

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