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TR Member Spotlight with jdclyde

Welcome to another TR Member Spotlight podcast! Jeff Clyde, known in the TR community as jdclyde, takes the mic this week. Find out what jd considers the single strangest moment on TechRepublic, what he would do if he didn't work in IT, and who he would nominate as TR king and queen.

Podcast

Welcome to another TR Member Spotlight podcast! Jeff Clyde, known in the TR community as jdclyde, takes the mic this week.

Listen to the podcast to find out what jd considers the single strangest moment on TechRepublic, what he would do if he didn't work in IT, and who he would nominate as TR king and queen.

About

Sonja Thompson has worked for TechRepublic since October of 1999. She is currently a Senior Editor and the host of the Smartphones and Tablets blogs.

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boy you sound real down to earth and a nice guy. I know what you went through during a breakup I did the same, just sat and surfed for a couple of months, Mainly finding out what was going on in my head, and how to deal with it. really enjoyed the podcast. well done

gadgetgirl
gadgetgirl

(yes, I could hear the difference with your allergies running riot!) Something else you can take credit for: your divorce thread got me to start posting and stop just reading. I'd been a lurker and hadn't bothered with membership for about three years before your divorce thread got me joining and posting. See? IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT!!! :^0 I agree with what you said about the site layout etc. I'm not good with these tag things, and if it wasn't for a couple of the old regulars pm-ing me, I'd miss a lot of "interesting" threads, and the ability to "naughty-post" replies.... :p Sonja - you should have kept the Mambo for the Mambo! :D You KNOW jd appreciates SHOWTUNES!!! Great interview, both. Sonja, consider yourself on the dirt-dishing memo distribution list..... ;\ GG (jd - still no shower..... how's your furnace?!)

jdclyde
jdclyde

I have put the kerosene heater away! After two months of no furnace, I got a new one put in last Monday and it is strange not having to be all bundled up anymore as I walk around the house. Back to strolling in black socks and my boxers... B-) There was at least 20 people that joined TR because of that discussion. Many had lurked before, but became members to peer me from time to time. It really was cool. Of course it felt like the end of the world, but after people started to share their stories with me, I have concluded that I had one of the easiest divorces in the friggen world! B-) [i]thanks to following the advice from on here![/i] ;\ If you need a shower, come on over. I will scrub your back [i]and front[/i] for you! Service with a smile! ]:) :x As for showtunes, missy, I wasn't kidding about not having a TV growing up. Over half the time the people on here that TALK about "my" love of showtunes are going into so much detail, I have no idea what THEY are talking about! Sounds like some fantasy projection to me [i](huh James?) [/i] I never even watched Dr. Who, although I do know basically what the show was about.... :(

JamesRL
JamesRL

I have some friends who like "showtunes". And I sing in a choir. And one of the choirs I was in, I was clearly outnumbered by gay men. I wasn't the only straight man, but it felt like it sometimes. Personally, I'm not a big showtunes fan. Andrew Lloyd Webber should have hung it up after Jesus Christ Superstar. Mamma Mia and We will Rock You don't count cause they use existing music. As for the heater, my house has never had a furnace, we have baseboard heaters - wow what a winter. My heating bill has been close to my mortgage. My hot water heater broke(and it was not a rental). The new Dr Who is great. We in Canada have missed a lot though, when Torchwood(spinoff of Doctor Who) was launched, they stopped showing new Dr. Who, and I think we missed a season. James

JamesRL
JamesRL

When my house was built electricity was cheap (mid 70s). My street wasn't even piped for gas until the 90s. So my house is heated by electric baseboards heaters like this: http://www.homedepot.ca/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CatalogSearchResultView?D=947883&Ntt=947883&catalogId=10051&langId=-15&storeId=10051&Dx=mode+matchallpartial&Ntx=mode+matchall&recN=0&N=0&Ntk=P_PartNumber Unfortunately Ontario has grown faster than our electrical capacity and we have shut down some coal fired plants. So we have to buy some electricity from other states and provinces, and our costs rise. There are electrical heat pumps but they don't tend to work well in the coldest weather. If I put in a furnace I would have to put in ductwork, breaking walls etc. One alternative would be to put in a gas fireplace in the basement. We would still have to use the baseboards to supplement, but it would lower the costs. Very funny. No males every hit on me. Not sure what that says about me. James

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

oh, I guess I am just not that way. However, I am picturing a room of women fondling each other -- but without the robes :D

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

men in robes 'warming up'. Tonights expected really bad dream is on your head! ;)

jdclyde
jdclyde

I have a boiler, not forced air. Is THAT what you have too? As for the shows, it has been primarily here that I learn about the good shows. It "felt" like you were the only straight man? When was this, when you bent over to pick something up? :0 Ah, sweet vindication..... B-)

Jessie
Jessie

More like biting and HISSING! :D No seriously, thank you for that. I didn't realize how much I missed being here until I came back and found all my friends. Great podcast... you did sound pretty much like I thought you would... only maybe cuter and more intelligent... Will you marry me? :x And Bald is looking better now than it did a few weeks ago. I've actually gotten several compliments from people who said it's a good look for me even before they knew why I did it. My mom's sister, Aunt Killer, said to me yesterday, "Your hair's growing back... good. Grow it faster. This is not a good look for you." :| But she's insane... and that's why we call her Aunt Killer.

meryllogue
meryllogue

Cracked me up. Aunt Killer... it goes with Mae's avatar. (Do you two know each other?) jk!

Jessie
Jessie

I'm not worthy of being that close to her brand of brilliance. :p However, I do consider her a cyber-pal.

jdclyde
jdclyde

what you did showed real commitment and belief in what you were doing. [i]Of course, I would have still bought the cookies....[/i] Yeah, you were missed! :x Now will you go away so we can miss you again? :p [i](j/k)

Jessie
Jessie

You may have missed me... but I'm sure your aim will improve with practice. B-)

jdclyde
jdclyde

gun control means using BOTH hands... ;\ I am going to HAVE to get back into shooting competitions again. I miss it. :(

maecuff
maecuff

JD, you do sound just like yourself, although, you DO sound a little more manly than I expected. :) Good interview!

jdclyde
jdclyde

I think....

maecuff
maecuff

called a 'left handed compliment'. :) I can't be too nice to you. That would be weird.

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

if I am opposing to you, because you are always wrong, and I know that!! :^0 Therefore the only correct answer is that I am right! Maybe the cold has messed up your memory a bit. Without heat you got frostbite in the brain!

jdclyde
jdclyde

this is the [b]NO SUCKUP[/b] zone, not the NO Shovel zone... That is just up the road a bit, suckup.... :p Besides, it isn't good to get someone her age all worked up..... :0

maecuff
maecuff

Thank you. My point exactly. Welcome to the shovel free zone. Where, in reality, everyone resides. I have never actually hit anyone with a shovel. I just want to sometimes..

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

for a day or 2! :D and being a little off, is not wrong, just not the mainstream correct, however still correct! Follow this asskissinglogicnow?

jdclyde
jdclyde

No news there.... :D And being OFF means the answer was NOT correct, which in turn means it was WRONG. I am sure you can follow the logic on where that puts your asskissingself? :p

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

Just wanted a chance to say it, and to get a little bit on Mae's good side. I almost felt the shovel coming at me the other day :0 But in any event, I have heard it both ways, and she is NOT wrong, just a little 'off' :^0 But since she is not wrong YOU ARE WRONG!!! :^0 :^0

meryllogue
meryllogue

There was a great SNL video somebody sent to me about the once-a-year menstrual pill... I don't remember what it was called now. Dead ringer. (Hmm... that word again.) lol

jdclyde
jdclyde

you just FORGOT what he said and quoted him incorrectly! :p On the other hand, even if it WAS him saying it wrong, you REPEATED it wrong, which also makes you wrong (again). :D Or did you forget the last time? :^0

maecuff
maecuff

How could I be wrong? I said that's what my dad always said. And since I was the one who was there, I'm pretty sure I'm right about what he said. Now, HE could be wrong, but not me. :)

jdclyde
jdclyde

As I was ABOUT to gleefuly inform her that she had it WRONG..... Two "your wrong Mae"'s is better than one! :D Of course, at her age, she will have forgotten you even mentioned it by the time she gets to my reply..... :(

Jessie
Jessie

a BACKhanded compliment... cuz you compliment them and then you batch slap them! :D

OldER Mycroft
OldER Mycroft

Well done JD, Apart from your job, your job history, your length of TR membership, your dressing up for Hallowe'en, your allergies and your crazy Amairrycun accent : YOU COULD BE ME ! Women eh ?! [i](I cited for divorce, then got rid of mine in 6 months, still remember sitting on the floor with my C64 though!)[/i] Good on ya! :)

jdclyde
jdclyde

Although I had a T20 thinkpad? First thing lawyer man told me "it costs a lot more to pay me to fight over that toaster than to buy a new one". I gave her everything she wanted, as long as she left. Good riddance to bad rubbish. Man, have I found out lots more dirt on her since the divorce. Had I only known before hand I would have never gotten involved in the first place! [i]run away! run away!

faradhi
faradhi

Good job on the interview.

jdclyde
jdclyde

and of the three, I am more inclined to think "dumb" out weights the other two and is taking up the lions share.... ;\

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Will you marry me? :D Oh wait. I already am. That would be bigamy. Will you sing me show tunes instead? ;) Excellent interview. It was very interesting to hear bits about the history of TR. Loved it. Oh - you sound just like yourself.

jdclyde
jdclyde

especially while my allergies are acting up. wounded cats would sound better... :p It was cool though, getting a lot of peer mails from people that joined TR JUST so they could peer me. Non-techs were either finding on their own or having tech friends point them to the discussion. Turned into a global group hug, sort of. Ah, the job that woman had editing my ramblings for the podcast..... Just like my blog I used to have, "The sane rantings of a madman". :p

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

I caved under that pressure - my knees were shaking and I was sitting down! Hal 9000 swears he gave her a hard time, too. Hal, I believe. Somehow I don't think you did, though. You sounded totally professional. Totally.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Actually getting as late as it was and Beth infecting herself to avoid me made me think that I better be Good for a change. But what's [b]Professional Mean?[/b] :0 Sounds as if I'm being insulted again. :D Sonja dropped me in it with a couple of unexpected questions though. I can not remember what they where and as I have a rule Never to do Recorded Interviews I must have been sick when I agreed to it. Or Sonja didn't sound like a Political Journalist. :^0 Col ]:)

jdclyde
jdclyde

and having to maintain the illusion of respectability goes a long ways.... ;\ I did feel relaxed though. It is just talking to someone, ya know? Thanks Boxie!

neilb
neilb

He's alive! Always remember that time is a great healer. Unless it's a rash, then you're better off with ointment. Good interview. :D Oh, go on then. A BA quote or two: Needs must when the devil vomits into your kettle. Baldrick, you wouldn't recognize a subtle plan if it painted itself purple and danced naked on a harpsicord singing 'subtle plans are here again'. I may have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a concrete elephant.

jdclyde
jdclyde

luckily I stopped it with my willy? :0 Thanks again for shining a light on that world for me! :D

neilb
neilb

Baldrick: Not to worry my lord, the arrow didn't in fact enter my body. Blackadder: Oh good. Baldrick: No, by a thousand to one chance my willy got in the way. Neil :D Any one we know? "She's got a tongue like an electric eel and she likes the taste of a man's tonsils."

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

"That's the lamest joke since the Cardinal stood at the end of a dark hall and pretended to be a doorknob." Or words to that effect. I've got to dig BA back out; I don't think I ever got to the World War incarnation.

Tig2
Tig2

You'll get it when you watch Black Adder Goes Forth.

neilb
neilb

What was it in? Neil :D

jdclyde
jdclyde

it wouldn't play in my dvd player, but just got a new system and going to have to give it a shot, tomorrow. Can't tonight, because tonight is DART night! B-)

neilb
neilb

I've never noticed you mention that one. The humour there was a little more sideways and almost getting a little disturbing. I really must get a DVD of "Bottom" to you as that really IS 16 year old humour. :D

jdclyde
jdclyde

Did I tell you they were a hit at deer camp? :D :x

Tig2
Tig2

Wish I could tell you that we'll have the rest of them transferred to disc any time soon. Got distracted and haven't had the time to get back to it. However, you have ALL the Dwarf. You could try that as well!

jdclyde
jdclyde

so, which ever one I have, it was one of the first shows on the DVD.... Wonder how they would go over, playing them at my boys all night party in a few weeks? Think 16 year old boys would "get" the humor?

Tig2
Tig2

Think Baldrick. I want to say second series. You must be a complete novice! You don't even have a pair of comedy breasts!

jdclyde
jdclyde

when they are shooting the bow/arrow inside and they "miss".... Would have to go back to see which one it was on. That was always a fav with the boys and me.....

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

then you are better off with a shotgun, or a willing friend with a shotgun