TR Community scoreboard for March 18, 2011 - Tech debt

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Sterling Chip Camden's post about avoiding tech debt generated the hottest discussions this past week in the forums. Find out what other topics and TechRepublic members were the most active on the boards.

Top 5 discussion threads:

  1. Avoid getting buried in technical debt (Chip Camden)
  2. Apple iPad 2: Who should buy and who should pass (Jason Hiner)
  3. Five tips for efficient file management in Windows 7 (Susan Harkins)
  4. Nine traits of the veteran Windows administrator (Mark Underwood)
  5. Commodore Amiga 2000 Teardown (Bill Detwiler)

TR members with the most total posts on the forums

  1. Peconet Tietokoneet (66 posts)
  2. Mehul Bhai (61posts)
  3. OH Smeg (53 posts)
  4. NickNielsen (50 posts)

TR members with the most Votes Up in the Discussions forum

  1. Jason Hiner (46)
  2. Chip Camden (22)
  3. jeffwr (21)
  4. apotheon and Deadly Ernest (19)
  5. NickNielsen (18)

TR members with the most Votes Up in the Q&A forum

  1. OH Smeg (11)
  2. Tony Hopkinson (7)
  3. robo_dev (5)
  4. mildredj.maris (3)
  5. PurpleSkys (2)

Top spam busters

  1. Mehul Bhai (13)
  2. Hal 9000 (11)
  3. seanferd (8)
  4. Palmetto (6)
  5. Tucson Guy (3)

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Peconet Tietokoneet
Peconet Tietokoneet

We miss your sarcastic comments from it. well that is one of the things i miss since the change over. But still wandering over the new site and learning the new way.


long before the change.

Peconet Tietokoneet
Peconet Tietokoneet

I have been away from my computer due to the yearly cleaning of my computers and learning the Finnish language at school. :) So i have missed quite alot it seems. No big deal, i bit of shock when i got to the TechRepublic website and found everything all mixed up and out of place, learning all over again where everything is/should be.


...meaning the spoken language as opposed to the written. Maybe you can find also poetry or the like, written in the Oulu dialect, that's the great thing about finnish, they can write the dialects down since the writing system is reasonably phonetic. A local culture center or heritage society may be able to help. It definitely helped to look at the turku dialect in writing, when I was learning the language.

Peconet Tietokoneet
Peconet Tietokoneet

Because the Finnish people do not use the words that i was tought at school, they use a mix and mash of syllables that i find quite interesting though frustrating because by the time i have fiqured out the first sentence (roughly) they are saying something else and then i give up because i had lost the plot of the conversation. :)


People tend to notice that I'm a foreigner after about 4 minutes of conversation, which I think is pretty good. Ja kyl mä tietokoneet tiedän ;) Best advice I ever got about speaking finnish: Don't be afraid to speak really slow. In many other languages, speaking slow is seen as a mark of the slow-witted or inept, but Finns tend to feel that their language is more beautiful when spoken very deliberately. Not that that stops them from speaking it very very fast themselves - the point is that they're really much less likely to dislike deliberate speaking than one can imagine. That really helped me dare to just speak it: it gave me enough time to crunch the numbers in the background, what with the 14+ obligatory cases and all that.

Peconet Tietokoneet
Peconet Tietokoneet

My name on here is my work name. Dealing with computers, if you are really good with translation then you will know what "Tietokoneet" stands for. And i like the Finnish langauge but i am not that fluent at the moment.


What's the deal with learning Finnish? I sort of figured you for a native, somehow, even though I've been wondering for a long time about the connection between Peconet and Oulu...

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

always, at least in the past, one highlight of the week, Soni yacking about the stuff, it is missed.

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson 3 Like

I wish I knew what to tell you guys and gals. I have several spreadsheets with new data each week, and those are the names and numbers I plug in. I usually skip over spammers so that they don't get any glory in the scoreboard, but I missed it this time around. Spankings for me! Is the voting feature broken? I'll pass along that concern. I hope you all know that if I had a magic wand, it would already be fixed. As for the top discussion of the week being from a month or two ago... yes, but it must have been picked up again (perhaps featured in a newsletter), and it actually generated the most comments in the past week (or at least more than the other discussions on TR).

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 1 Like

Well as it has to happen setup a Web Cam and make sure that it's streamed live. :0 Col

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson 2 Like

My Account -> My Stuff > Questions not a vote in sight?????

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 3 Like

This new system several days after it was introduced. Even now I go to add a Vote to the Blog Post just so they keep happening and what did I see, When I logged in there was a +1 and after I voted there was a +1. Looks like the Voting System is Broke again. :0 Col

PurpleSkys 1 Like

I find lots of things confusing with the new being how this discussion dropped from the front page already...and how hard a time i have trying to find TR Community Scoreboard every week...i've had to resort to bookmarking the page just so it's easier to find the next week's scoreboard :\

LocoLobo 1 Like

How can "Avoid getting buried in Technical Debt" be in the top 5 discussions of the week? The whole discussion appears to have occured in Jan-Feb. Am I missing something?

PurpleSkys 1 Like

I'm slipping when it comes to spam bustin'! Must be the whole March break thing and being a bit of a slug :| . Awesome job Soni...and all those involved behind the scenes :) . I can't comment on TR Live for this year as of yet, it's sorta up in the air.

NickNielsen 1 Like

I must have flagged at least fifteen from that id10t oppell in a 5-minute session last week. Maybe I'll go back and see if they took. (Second edit: yep, they did.) And the it10t is in the top 5 from posting spam! There's something seriously wrong with this picture. Actually, I find it more interesting that the top poster had only 66 posts. A few months ago, you couldn't get into the top 5 with less than 75. I wonder what changed...


The new look makes my dental fillings come loose, so I have to cut back.

PurpleSkys 1 Like

I just haven't been here. My middle daughter is on her spring break as well, so she has been in from her dad's and between her and Sarah, they occupy our computer room when they're awake :) . But it's all good, they keep each other amused and happy while spending time together...and that's what counts :D

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