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Mar 4 2009   2:24PM GMT

Cisco Press Supplies the Prizes, I Decide Who Gets Them!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

[Updated 3/11/2009: see update info at end of post!!!]

On February 9, I blogged about Pearson/Cisco Press’s CertFlashCardsOnline offerings. One of their publicists contacted me to let me know they’d seen the post, and offered me a pair of free licenses to a couple of different products:

CCNA Security flashcards

CCNA Security flashcards

Network simulator for CCENT exam

Network simulator for CCENT exam

Though the publisher is ponying up the licenses I get to decide who earns them. I’m hereby declaring a competition to earn these items, and will award them one week from today on March 11. In the meantime, anyone who posts a comment to this blog that provides the following information will be eligible to win:

  • First name, last initial, and approximate location (for example: “Ed T, Central TX” in my case).
  • Exam of interest (that means either 640-822 or 640-553, but not both, please)
  • When you plan to take the exam by month and year (for example “April, 2009″)
  • What other study materials you’re using (for example “Exam Cram, practice tests, and CCCure.org”)
  • Employment status (for example “working at a small private company doing IT,” “unemployed,” or “full-time student”)
  • A brief statement as to why you think you should get this award (for example “nearly ready to take the exam, and could benefit from some additional review materials”)

Next Wednesday, I’ll post three finalists for each item, and ask them to contact me by e-mail to get their winnings. Stay tuned! I’m curious to see what kind of response this will provoke.

–Ed–

[Update 3/11/2009]: While the contest was supposed to end today, thanks to Cisco Press’ generous addition of Flashcards for exam 640-460 CCNA Security, I extended it until this Friday, March 13. Please check back that morning to see if you’ve won, and also see my blog for March 6 for more information about that addition. You still have two more days to post to any of these blogs to enter yourself for consideration. I’ll be giving at least three copies of each item away, so don’t be bashful!!!

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  • Rbm
    * Rob M, Provo, Utah * Exam of interest: 640-553 * Plan to take the exam in May 2009 * CCNA Official Exam Certification Library * Working at a small software start-up, managing all servers and production network * I've been wanting to get this certification for quite some time, and this could really help me get there. Thanks!
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  • CarlWohlforth
    -- Carl Wohlforth -- 640-822 -- Will take ICND1 soon, not sure about exactly when I'll go for the CCNA, hopefully by year end -- I have the Official Cert Exam Library by Wendell Odom and have bought some old routers and a switch -- I am un-employed and am looking for work :) -- Considering I purchased some used equipment for my home office/lab I'm not sure how helpful the simulator would be. I will continue my studies so the security flash cards should eventually be handy in the future. What I really could use are some CCNA flash cards. :) Anyway thanks for the offers!
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  • CarlWohlforth
    Ooop, forgot to mention my location. I live in San Jose, CA
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  • Kathybe27
    • Kathy B. MSP MN • Exam of interest 640-553 • August 2009 • Exam Cram • Employment – working at airline, funding for education has been cut. I need to get some certifications. • Layoffs may be in my future. I work with men in Network Security, and they often find humor in the fact that I am less experienced than them. Thanks.
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  • Raj Perumal
    Yasir Irfan, Dammam, Saudi Arabia * Exam of interest: 640-553 * Plan to take the exam in April 2009 * CCNA /CCNP,CCNA Voice Official Exam Certification Library * Working as a Senior Network Engineer for a Systems Inegrator full time in Dammam Saudi Arabia * I always write reviews for Cisco Press Products, Even thought I didn't recieve any liscense for CCENT Simulator I just bought it and wrote my reviews. Its helpful for our Cicso User group.[A href="http://www.yasirirfan.com/ciscopress.html"]
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  • BrentSheets
    Nice contest, Ed. Thanks for offering this to the IT Knowledge Exchange community. Good luck to all!
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  • Reggy
    * Reggie Gibbons, Chicago * Exam of interest: 640-553 * Plan to take the exam in May 2009 * CCNA Official Exam Certification Library * Unemployed * More and more companies are asking for duel certs. This could be my ticket into the security arena ...
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  • Txitninja
    Name/Location: Juan L, Austin Texas Exam of Interest: 640-553 July 2009 Other Study Materials: CCNA Security cisco Press book Employment Status: Network Specialist, State Government (so you know I can't afford additional study materials...hehe) I love the security aspect of networking/desktop support...I just got my CCNA back in October '08 and want to continue on the Cisco security cert. track. Flash cards (and an ASA, but that's wishful thinking) would be a great supplement to the book I'm currently reading. Thanks!
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  • 2664
    *Kobi O, Brooklyn, NY *Exam of intrerst 640-822 *Plan to take exam in May 2009 *CCNA Official Exam Certification Library *Currently Unemployed and Preparing full time for examination *Relying on own meager resources for exam materials and would immensely benefit from assistance of any form.
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  • BPete
    BrettP, West Central, Wisconsin Exam 640-553 June, 2010 CCNA Video Mentor Course Technology LabSim for Security Full-time student I feel these tools will provide me yet another learning resource that will help to really drive it home. I love this subject and am always looking for a new technique or learning angle to aquire the whole picture of the course. This way, after I recieve my certification and begin employment, I will feel more comfortable in the field. Thank you for this opportunity!
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  • MatrixMan
    Kelly K, Springville, UT Exam CCENT 640-822 Network Simulator Plan to take May 2009 Various books, online resources Working full time as a software engineer in the newspaper industry It's time to add the certification to years of networking experience.
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  • Ed Tittel
    Please see my latest [A href="http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/it-jobs/nearly-everbody-is-a-winner-cisco-flashcards-simulator/"]contest blog[/A] for a list of winners, and instructions on how to claim your key to a free set of Cisco flashcards or the network simulator. If you entered, chances are 84% or better that you won. Please check, then please contact me!
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