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Video: TR Out Loud - August 15, 2008

It's pink, it's cute, and it's the special guest on this episode of TROLOV (TR Out Loud on Video). Take a peek as we recap this past week at TechRepublic, including the top discussions and members on the boards.

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It's pink, it's cute, and it's the special guest on this episode of TROLOV (TR Out Loud on Video). Take a peek as we recap this past week at TechRepublic, including the top discussions and members on the boards. If you're not a fan of video (sorry about the Flash, Jaqui), you can choose to just listen to the audio file.

Notes: Top discussion threads:

  1. Poll: How did you learn to program?
  2. Vista's recommended system requirements were not realistic
  3. Can an employee be too nice?
  4. What does Linux do that Windows can't?
  5. Friday Nite Music - Flashback Through the 60's...
  6. To all my GREAT TR peers - you guys are GREAT!
  7. Avatars For Use -- Tiggers 3-Day -- Get em while they last

For more information on how to help TiggerTwo reach her 3-Day fundraising goals, visit http://08.the3day.org/goto/tricia.

Most “Thumbs Up” in the TR Questions arena this week?

  1. Jacky Howe (13 thumbs)
  2. Peconet Tietokoneet (11 thumbs)
  3. OH Smeg (8 thumbs)
  4. Old Mycroft (6 thumbs)
  5. Bizzo (5 thumbs)
Most Comments in the TR Forums this week?

  1. boxfiddler (355 posts)
  2. Peconet Tietokoneet (174 posts)
  3. NickNielson (159 posts)
  4. Jacky Howe (150 posts)
  5. seanferd (98 posts)
Voice messages, e-mails, and photos = swag

Many thanks to boxfiddler, Old Mycroft, Jack Howe, Chris, jdclyde, GG, and Steve for sending in e-mails or voice messages for this week's show, including an answer to CG IT's Question of the Week: "What are your hobbies outside of computers?" and Hal 9000's Question of the Week: "What do you do to try to keep up with new technological developments and retain a full-time job?"

Also, special thanks to dieselsweeties.com for cool t-shirts to wear on the show!

This week's Question of the Week was submitted by GG (our own gadgetgirl): "What's your favorite place to be? - or - Where's your favorite place for a vacation?"

Send all comments, questions, photos, and video clips to TROL at cnet.com. To leave a voice message, call our toll free number is (866)-414-CNET (2638). You can also leave a message via Skype, and our Skype ID is tr.out.loud.

If I feature your submission on the show, you're eligible for free TR swag, which includes mugs, shirts, toolkits, frisbees, disposable cameras, and the following list of premium products:

  • IT Vendor Management Tool Kit (CD-ROM)
  • IT Managers Hiring Tool Kit (CD-ROM)
  • PC Troubleshooter Resource Guide, Fifth Edition (Book with CD-ROM included)
  • IT Security Survival Guide, Second Edition (Workbook with CD-ROM included)
  • IT Professional's Guide to Project Management, Volume 2 (Workbook with CD-ROM included)
  • Administrator's Guide to TCP/IP, Second Edition (Workbook with CD-ROM included)
  • IT Professional's Guide to Desktop Control, Second Edition (Workbook with CD-ROM included)

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.

44 comments
Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

wait a bit and see how the Toy was behaving. ;) Only one 404 since the site got blown up. :p Carefull Sonja, you were nearly upstaged by Penny and to think that she knows HTML. ;)

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Don't know why, but I found the closer hilarious. Maybe it's just the day I had. Four calls this afternoon, every one a paper jam and fuser replacement! X-( Only 6 calls the rest of the week, though.

jdclyde
jdclyde

some of us would question why your only friend this week is a blow-up toy? :0 :^0 Well done, again and again and again! B-) Chris? Is that the ID? New member? Old member? (or like SOME on TR, just old? :D )

tcavadias
tcavadias

... oh you meant Sonja... never mind :p :D -Tammy :-)

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

When did you say you were coming to Louisville? We might have to have a little "friendly" competition on TROLOV. Sonja vs. Tammy -- and then Toni can take on the winner. Let me warn you now... I was a thumb wrestling champion back in my younger years! :)

tcavadias
tcavadias

I hate needles ;) -Tammy :-)

tcavadias
tcavadias

jello shot? No way, the only wrestling with Jello shots we'll be doing is the wrestling to see who can shot them faster - I have first dibs on Raspberry! -Tammy :-)

jdclyde
jdclyde

Just picture it, tami and soni, wrestling around in jello shots.... ]:)

tcavadias
tcavadias

..I love that game... even paint my Thumb nail to look like rocky :D And in this corner we got Sonja Thumb and in that corner we got Rocky Thumb.. course Rocky road is much better is full of nuts like us :D -Tammy :-) PS: hopefully within the month

jdclyde
jdclyde

trouble maker.... :p I don't need to name names. The guilty will know.... :^0

tcavadias
tcavadias

trouble maker you ;) -Tammy :D

Jellimonsta
Jellimonsta

I am younger than you so I don't care! :p

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

Chris, if you're out there, please let us know your TR name... inquiring minds want to know!

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

I'll have a [b]HALF.[/b] Shees get with the program. Col ]:)

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

That is the cure for Boxy's typing lessons that is. :0 Col ]:)

jdclyde
jdclyde

I can't believe that slipped right by you, Soni.... :p Now, off with you to yell at Boxie! :D

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

and since I was not told no yelling, I'll YELL AT JD NOW > And when I am done wit dat, I will just sit back and When I finally finish, will wait for JD to and then for you to to Scummy, or get in public...

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

it seems to me I have seen that username now and again in Discussions.

jdclyde
jdclyde

How about a [b]"NICE"[/b] spanking? :)

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

I was just hoping that someone would know and speak up. That's why I didn't put the member profile page behind the voice message. And there will no yelling... remember what I said about being NICER, jd?

jdclyde
jdclyde

We know what you did, and YOU know what you did... Caused me a lot of grief this morning, you did. :p

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

I haven't done anything, yet. :D

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

I can't get any "pinker" than this. Alright guys and gals... after you watch or listen to the show, take two minutes to call or sent me an e-mail (trol at cnet.com). Let's see if we can have a record-breaking response this week! :)

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Jacky, you have a cool voice. When do we get to hear more of it? Hmmm? Hmmm? :D

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

I was trying to sound distressed. ;) Then when I PM'd Tammy I told her it was disguised. What a day we had. :) < Big TYPO >

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Sonja? You and that flamingo? I think you're 'flashing back', babes. Talking to a balloon... :D :D :D

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

and I like Tammy's 'expose the slime' spot! Though I don't care how many points someone submits, I'm pretty picky about those hotel rooms and massages... ]:)

Ceespace
Ceespace

from Catherine the grey elephant I'll let ceespace get back to work - he has to earn more money to pay for my sky subscription (skin flint won't even get me the movies channels :( )

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

How are you able to understand the inflateable??? I try talking to mine, but there is a serious communication gap :0 :^0

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

Need I say more? Your situation sounds a wee bit different, Lars. Good luck with that!

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

admitting that you are a member of whatever group you mentioned (by responding to yourself in that manner). AND knowing the content and what it even stands for One day oh youngling, you may even attempt to learn what that 'censored' part is in your jpg :^0 :^0

jdclyde
jdclyde

[b]P[/b]eople for the [b]E[/b]thical [b]T[/b]reatment of [b]E[/b]rotic [b]R[/b]uminants

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

and its full of air... Wait a minute, what mouth? what are you talking bout? Hmmm, get your mind outta the gutter already. I was talking bout the tires on my truck! :D :^0

jdclyde
jdclyde

NEVER [b]full[/b]...... :0

Jellimonsta
Jellimonsta

I am not sure why his does not talk to him, it's mouth is always open!! :p ;) ;\

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

I'm running out of Ideas here I need help. :( Just a thought though the Pink Thing could be inflated with Helium. Saves the trouble of blowing it up and makes it easy to find when it's dropped. :0 Col [i]Edited because[/b] Boxy Typing Classes really suck big time. :_|

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

and your capacitors not rusting, you might be able to pay attention in Typing class. But no. You refuse maintenance, making the downhill slide inevitable. Then try to blame it on me. Nope, nope, nope. Davette edit: In order to stave off the potential crash of the HAL unit due to unexpected, unedited post by boxy.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Needed to remove all of the keys from the keyboard and put them where they wanted the different letters to be instead of where they where to improve typing accuracy you lost me. :0 I did however like the way that you had the space bar that covered 7 letters mounted up the side of the keyboard covering the Up/Down arrow keys and then the way that you insisted that the now vacant spots for a =key where no longer being used. :p Nothing that I type now comes out right and when you filled up all the keys with Supa Glue I haven't been able to return this keyboard to the way it was and now I just have to try to make it work. [b]It Doesn't![/b] :_| But I do have to ask was it really necessary to glue the PS2 & USB Plugs into the computer and block up the unused USB Ports? ;\ About the only way left to me to replace this keyboard is to cut the lead and splice a new one in and that isn't going to be easy. :( Col ]:) [i]Edited to keep Boxy happy and drive Davette crazy.[/i] :^0

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

Can I give you a Thumbs Up for that one, Hal? ;)

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