This week's giveaway is in the EJB and other Java EE Technologies forum. We're giving away four copies of EJB 3 in Action and have Debu Panda, Reza Rahman, Ryan Cuprak, and Michael Remijan on-line! See this thread for details.
Why can't your install of Maven download the appropriate artifacts? Is it a proxy server that is blocking you? Maven allows you to download through a proxy server if you give it the right configuration.