Mark Minasi's Windows 7 Support Seminar,
in two audio versions:
Windows 7's here, and most folks are moving to it. Some made a stop along the way at Vistaville, and others are taking the express train to Win 7, but no matter to which group you belong, Mark Minasi's got an audio CD version of his popular seminars that'll pass along everything you'll need to know in order to convert your XP expertise or your Vista virtue to superlative "7" support skills! We are now proud to offer two audio adaptations of Mark's popular Win 7 support seminars: one for those folks who need to get smart on Win 7 but have never touched Windows Vista, and one for those who are already Vista experts but need to update their skills to Windows 7.
To that end, we've assembled different two audio CD lecture sets:
If one of those audio courses sounds like what you're looking for, then please keep reading so that we may tell you about the product, point you to more information on it, offer some free excerpts so you can "try it before you buy it," and tell you how to buy it.
What's in the Set
Here's what the entire "Supporting Windows 7, for XP Experts" set looks like -- all 20 CDs and the two printed Audio Companions entitled "Supporting Windows 7, Part 1: Vista Support for XP Experts" and "Supporting Windows 7, Part 2: "From Vista to Windows 7." Those buying just the "Supporting Windows 7, for Vista Experts" set get the printed Audio Companion entitled "Supporting Windows 7, Part 2: "From Vista to Windows 7" as well as the the right-hand set of 10 CDs. Those buying the full 20-CD, the "Supporting Windows 7, Part 2" Audio Companion, as well as the printed audio companion for the BranchCache bonus CD.
Package contents: click on the picture above for a higher-resolution picture
These aren't mere recordings of the live classes; they are, instead, adaptations of Mark's lecture classes that have been reworked, distilled and recorded in the studio. These audio presentations offer a learning format that you can listen to wherever you'd like at roughly a quarter of the price of the live class. The longer class includes about 20 hours of lectures, and the shorter one contains about 10 hours of lectures. The CD sets are packaged in a side-zipper CD case. For your convenience, we ship the complete version's CDs in two separate CD cases rather than one very stuffed CD case -- that way, it's easy to grab just Part 1 or Part 2 when you're traveling.
The price varies based on three things: whether you're buying the complete or short version, whether we're shipping to a location inside the US or outside, and whether you've attended our two-day "Windows 7 Support for XP Experts" class.
We worked hard to make this package as useful and as good a value as we could. To that end, let us show you more specifics of
How To Use The Seminar
You'll get the most out of this audio seminar by listening to it start to finish (although not all in one sitting, of course!) while referring to the Audio Companion book; that's the optimal setting. That doesn't mean, however, that you can't learn from the seminar without the Companion close to hand, not at all. Mark wanted this seminar to also work well for those listening in the car or exercising; that's one of the reasons that he restructured his seminar specifically for the audio recordings.
Of course, with any learning experience, dividing your attention between two things (like driving and listening) means that you won't pick up as much as quickly. That's why we've broken the CDs up into ten-minute tracks: that way, it's easy to re-listen to a particularly techie part. And, as you'll see in a minute, we've made it easy to look any particular topic up. Which brings us to...
How We've Made It Easy to Use This As a Reference
Once you've been through the seminar once, you'll probably find that most of what we covered sank in the first time, but that you need to review a topic or two in detail, or that you listened to the seminar back in January but are only starting to actually do the work in June and so you need to refresh your memory on the specifics of how to block anonymous users and null sessions. We've gone to great lengths to make that easy.
Table of Contents
Each Audio Companion book includes a table of contents for its part of the audio seminar. We've put the TOCs on-line, so you can see what you're buying before you spend your money here:
Part 1's table of contents is here.
Part 2's table of contents is here.
Here's a snippet from Part 2's table of contents:
The TOC is organized by discs. This particular disc, number 7, contains the course's coverage of Win 7's new management tools, as well as coverage of BitLocker To Go. The table shows that the first track doesn't correspond to any of the PowerPoints, as it's just the brief introduction to the disk. The second track covers PowerPoints 217 through 222, and explains Windows 7's new Resource Monitor, a sort of enhanced version of Task Manager. Skip down to track 8, and you see that on that track you'll hear about using BitLocker To Go, Windows 7's offering as a solution to the question of how to control users putting confidential data onto USB sticks, taking the USB sticks out of the building and then accidentally dropping them somewhere, exposing potentially embarrassing company data. Thus, that line tells you that if you wanted to re-listen to how to use BitLocker To Go, you'd just pop disk 7 in your player and skip to track 8. It also tells you that you can follow along with track 8 by looking at slides 244-253 in the Audio Companion.
Audio Companion Book
The Audio Companion also simplifies using the seminar. Take a look at the Audio Companion:
The Companion also makes finding things easy. Take a closer look at another page and you can see:
Notice also the boxed "7/8" reference in the lower left-hand corner. That's useful when you're browsing through the Audio Companion book and find that just seeing the PowerPoint slide doesn't provide enough background to help you review a topic. "7/8" means that you can quickly find the audio lecture that accompanies slide 248 by listening to CD number 7, track 8.
Finally, the CDs themselves have labels that help you find things.
There wasn't room on the CD to put more extensive information, but each CD includes a volume title which broadly describes the lectures on that volume. Then the CD label lists the tracks and the slide numbers covered in that track; for example in the photo above you can see that track 4 covers PowerPoint slides number 10 through 17. We hope that between the table of contents, the volume/track references on the slides, the slide numbers and the slide number references in Mark's lectures that you find it simple to use the lectures both for primary education and then later for review of specific topics.
What You Get (And Where To Download a Sample!)
To summarize what's in the package, with links where possible:
How to Buy The Audio Seminar
Ready to buy? Great! Then here's the fine print, please read it:
Still more questions? Then look over our OAQ (ONCE Asked Questions) below or drop our assistant a line. We're happy to help out with any questions.
OAQ (Once Asked Questions questions we've been asked at least once)
What is the license on this recording, what are the restrictions on using this?
None; the only rights that we claim are the standard rights that any copyright holder has under U.S. copyright law the same rights that you'd have if you purchased a book. That means in particular that you may:
Do you offer an MP3 version of the recordings?
No, mainly because we lack the infrastructure to handle selling digitally protected MP3s, WMAs, or whatever. Apologies to anyone who's really inconvenienced by this, again please understand that we're a very small shop. Thanks!
Is there be a special price for people who've attended the seminar?
Yes, absolutely. Anyone who's been in the class can buy the set for a lower price, US$200.
Does this include all material handed out at the course?
In the case of Part 1 (which was the old Vista class) the answer is yes. In the case of Part 2 (which is adapted from Mark's three-day Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 class then the answer is "yes, Basically yes, but only the parts that were Win 7-centric, and excluding some parts that, well, no audience has found interesting, like federated search. (Remember there's an outline at whatsnewinwin7.htm if you're not sure about what Part 2 covers, and remember that both versions of the audio course get Part 2.) Buyers get a book like the one that attendees get, printed double-sided two slides to a page, spiral bound so it lies flat on your desk for easier viewing.
Do you sell overseas? Please don't make the shipping overseas too expensive!
Absolutely, it's a top priority to be able to serve our out-of-the-US friends. After a lot of research, we've seen that the most cost-effective way to ship things out of the US is to just send it via international mail. That means that you're responsible for duty and taxes when the CDs get to your country. Apologies, but we have to charge more for the extra handling and mail costs.
Are there going to be any downloadable samples so we can convince the boss to buy?
Sure; see the download links above.
Does Mark do demos that I would be missing or is the seminar exclusively off PowerPoints?
One of the reasons that this has taken so long is that Mark tried recording several live seminars and decided that simply "canning" the live seminars wouldn't be good enough the periods of time when he's sitting at the computer demonstrating things to the class simply don't work on audio recordings. So he's spent weeks reworking the seminar, and then recorded it in front of a class of two helpful attendees, then edited it just for CD, including a revised set of PowerPoint. Wherever there is a "demo," it's driven by screen shots in the PowerPoint. That's why there are only two PPTs per page... there aren't a lot of these screen shots, but they wouldn't have been readable otherwise. Mark has, however, kept that to a minimum so that people who can't follow along (such as when driving) can still benefit from the audio presentation.