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Adam Trachtenberg is the Director of the LinkedIn Developer Network, where he oversees developer relations and marketing for the LinkedIn Platform. Before LinkedIn, Adam worked at eBay in platform product management and marketing. Even earlier, he co-founded Student.Com and TVGrid.com. Adam is the author of PHP Cookbook and Upgrading to PHP 5. He lives in San Francisco.

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Auctioning Autographed “Upgrading to PHP 5” for the EFF

Every since I started at eBay, I’ve been looking to sell more on the site. I’ve also been looking to donate more money to charity. So I decided to combine the two: I’m selling a copy of Upgrading to PHP 5 on eBay and donating everything to the EFF.

The EFF, short for Electronic Frontier Foundation, describes themselves as:

[A] group of passionate people — lawyers, technologists, volunteers, and visionaries — working in the trenches, battling to protect your rights and the rights of web surfers everywhere. The dedicated people of EFF challenge legislation that threatens to put a price on what is invaluable; to control what must remain boundless.

List priced at $29.99, the auction starts at $0.01, so you’re guaranteed to get a good value. As an extra special bonus, I will custom autograph the book to the winning bidder or a friend. Or, for an additional $5, I will not sully up your clean new book with my autograph. Your choice. Okay, just kidding about the $5.

If you’ve been looking to get up to speed on PHP 5, now’s the perfect chance to buy a book and give money to a great cause. Check out my listing and bid today.

There Are 7 Responses So Far. »

  1. Thanks for pointing it out. OK. I am the first/high bidder. Hope I get it. Looking forward to reading it. I was wondering what charity the money will be going to (which may be taken into account when others start to out bid me)?


  2. Hello Rod. The charity is the EFF — or the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

    The EFF fights against online censorship, DRM, and other restrictions of Internet freedoms.

    I updated the blog post to include a link to their site and a blub describing what they do.

    Thanks for bidding and good luck!



  4. YES! A++++

  5. I won … I won … !!! Yeeh, yah! I will pay my invoice now. Just wanted to say thanks!


  6. Hi, Adam:

    I just wanted to say thank you. I received my package today from you and was very, very surprised. Thank you for signing the book. I can’t wait to read it. AND, thank you very much for all of the additional *goodies* that you sent me. I was, and still am, thrilled, like a child on Christmas morning. You didn’t have to do that, but I am very grateful for your generosity….

    Take care!


  7. Hi Rod —

    I thought about tipping you off in advance, but then I decided it was better just to let the package arrive in the mail. :)

    Thanks again and enjoy the books and shirts!