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Video: TR Out Loud - July 11, 2008

TechRepublic's Section Editor John Sheesley joins Sonja Thompson in the recording studio to help her recap the top five discussions of the week. Find out which discussions and members are HOT this week. There might even be a little swag musical number at the end.

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TechRepublic's Section Editor John Sheesley joins Sonja Thompson in the recording studio to help her recap the top five discussions of the week. Find out which discussions and members are HOT this week. There might even be a little swag musical number at the end.... If you're not a fan of video (sorry about the Flash, Jaqui), you can choose to just listen to the audio file.

Notes:

  1. Can you really declare independence from Microsoft?
  2. Texas Law requires computer repair techs to be Private Investigators
  3. Sanity check: Is IT no longer about technology?
  4. Get a better view of the Windows XP Tree command with Word
  5. If you could go back in time, how would you change IT?
Top discussion threads: Most “Thumbs Up” in the TR Questions arena this week?

  1. OH Smeg (7 thumbs)
  2. True Blue and Old Mycroft (4 thumbs)
  3. jdclyde, boxfiddler, and Peconet Tietokoneet (3 thumbs)
  4. Jellimonsta, nepenthe0, and bwilmot (2 thumbs)
  5. TiggerTwo, w2ktechman, Jaqui, robo_dev, The Chas, and shiny_topadm (1 thumb)
Most Comments in the TR Forums this week?

  1. boxfiddler (231 posts)
  2. Peconet Tietokoneet (172 posts)
  3. jdclyde (150 posts)
  4. Old Mycroft (135 posts)
  5. True Blue (130 posts)
Voice messages, e-mails, and photos = swag

Many thanks to Jellimonsta, Nick Nielson, GG,  and Hal 9000 for sending in photos. Hal 9000 also sent in a Question of the Week: "What do you do when the boss walks in and steals your favorite play toy?"

In addition, thanks to the TR members who are helping Tammy, TR's moderator, stay on her toes. See the discussion: "Pulling of discussions is out of hand (MY little rant)"

Send all comments, questions, photos (more people and more pets, please!), and video clips to TROL at cnet.com. To leave a voice message, call our toll free number is (866)-414-CNET (2638). International TR members can easily leave a voice message via Skype -- our Skype ID is tr.out.loud.

We did received one voice message this week,  but it came in right after the video was shot. I managed to slip it in the show, but I'm not sure who it is. Any guesses on which TR members fits the voice mail recording?

If you saw your e-mail or heard your voice message on TROLOV, that means that you're eligible for free stuff. SEND ME AN E-MAIL WITH YOUR MAILING ADDRESS AND SWAG ITEM OF CHOICE. You can have your pick of some TR goodies, including 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)

What's the big deal about swag? Well, you'll automatically be a part of the elite swag group. According to the following discussion, without swag, you're just riff raff: "My SWAG arrived - I am no longer one of the Riff-Raff!!"

* Note from Sonja: Apologies for the hack job on editing this week. Don't tell me that you didn't even notice. Also, next week I'll be in San Francisco, checking out how they do multimedia production at the main office, and then off to BlogHer 2008! There won't be a "normal" TROLOV -- if you can ever call it that -- but I will record something for you all to watch/listen to at the end of next week. :-)

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.

65 comments
Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

and enjoying themselves. I think that it is a Classic Sonja. Great stuff.

jdclyde
jdclyde

Not used to such, and so didn't recognize this "fun" of which you refer.... :p

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

and always look on the Bright side of life. :)

Jellimonsta
Jellimonsta

I am not sure you want to stare at the sun side too much. Not because of retinal damage, but because it does happen to shine out of my ar$e! :p

jdclyde
jdclyde

it is just on the other side of the moon.... Get out of the darker side.... :p

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

Hello, you either have JavaScript turned off or an old version of Adobe's Flash Player Is that the advice I was supposed to see?? :^0 :^0 Ok, lets try my youtube browser now.. Laugh and dance and smile and sing -- LOL

CaptBilly1Eye
CaptBilly1Eye

Thanks. I had all but forgotten that one. Still funny (in a nervous sort o' way). :D

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

now I know when it gets closer, to sidestep it :)

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

That light that you see that you think is the end of the Tunnel is actually a Train coming toward you. :D If you are lucky it runs you down and kills you outright if you are like me it just injures you severely so you have even more problems. :( Col

OldER Mycroft
OldER Mycroft

I've been through the DHL box again (you never know when you might need a DHL box...) and I definitely DID NOT get a TechRepublic Plastic Spoon! Does it come with the 2nd SWAG ?? ;)

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

I want the TR Coffee to go in my TR Cup when I remember to send in some PHOTOS. ;) < got a bit carried away there > They will need to be shown on TROLOV of course. ;)

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

But I was told I was being greedy again as I already have a Ducati. :( I've also had a TR Classic Mercedes knocked back because I would give it to [b]SWMBO[/b] so it just wasn't right that they sent one. Then a TR Lathe was rejected because of the Voltage difference between the US and AU. ;) Perhaps next time I'll ask for a TR Tig but I'm way to scared to do that as I'm not sure what would arrive. It is more likely to be a 60 mile in 3 days walking female and not the welder that I really want. :_| Col ]:)

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

a TR EV Helocopter. Hmmm, what about personal transport jet packs??? Yes, I can be greedy -- however it would probably be harder to obtain ?:|

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

No you can't have a TR Electric Vehicle unless of course you consider a Remote Control Electric 4 x 4 Useful :p They are of course Microprocessor controlled with the Digital Proportional RC unit so they are not only High Tech but fun as well. Why is it that you think I'm playing with Electric Remote Control Helicopters? :0 I'm trying to workout the programing of the Digital System Honest. :^0 I don't consider this as [b]FUN[/b] so I only fly them in the backyard to see what happens. Honest. :D Col ]:)

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

to get the right amount every time. A TR Ice Cream Scooper would be nice too. Hmmm, A TR electric vehicle???

Jellimonsta
Jellimonsta

Sonja's expression while she was doing that was awesome Sonja, you just had too much fun with that!!! :) Great pic!! :D

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

is worth a thousand words. Sonja was having a ball. :)

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

I'll edificate you in the art of barstardizing words. ;) And teach you how to drink Bundy Rum. Its bloody good weather for it at the moment here. ;) < PS. It was actually thrown in so I could suck up to the Ladies. But don't tell anyone. >

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

You are starting to scare me with words like that. No Man should talk like that :^0

jdclyde
jdclyde

Another cast well done. I must say though from looking at the number of posts, that Boxfiddler person really needs to get a life! :p :D :^0 B-)

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

posted less for the first time in a few years, doesnt mean much.... I thought you limited your posts so that people would 'Think' that you got a life :^0

jdclyde
jdclyde

I wondered how few posts I could get by with.... :p

Jellimonsta
Jellimonsta

is getting in the way of my activities. :p I just broke my bike recently so I won't be doing any off road for a while. Snowboard season is a ways away, but at least I have the band. :D I should reeaaaalllly start working out again though!!!

jdclyde
jdclyde

Living via my boys. It takes most of my time carting them around to this or that, and often doesn't leave a lot of time in between to do much of anything, and I don't watch TV at all. My activities. play diabloII and post on TR. In two months Darts start back up again! Woo Woo! B-)

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

that since you average Double the amount of the next highest poster, that you actually have lots of free time. So either you are unemployed or have no life. Since you continually tell everyone that you are employed -- I have to assume -- ......... :^0

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

The one she currently inhabits is illusory. Which of course calls for significant restructuring, foundation repair, and occasional pattern enhancement. ;) Believe me, she's working on that. In the meantime, you people are apparently stuck with her. B-) edit so as not to overly frighten the defective HAL 9000

Jellimonsta
Jellimonsta

Yeah, what's up with that? Did you only post for 1 or 2 days this week? :D :p

jdclyde
jdclyde

Between our network provider and the local bell loop, if I had any hair I would be pulling it out right now... :p

jdclyde
jdclyde

Going from a Frame-Relay to an MPLS network, and doubling the bandwidth to each location. We should have been on this last MAY, but instead just moved the first few locations on this week. Lets just say, I am less than pleased with our progress to this point... X-(

Jellimonsta
Jellimonsta

Are you working on or with MPLS now?

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

What editorial snafus? :0 Man, oh man. I thought the one that lives here with me couldn't possibly be beat in the hoarding/packrat category. Woof! Thank God, he doesn't hoard tech things. I'd never get through the basement. :D Ummm... HAL? Visual evidence corroborates miscellaneous systems errors of late. Get in for past due scheduled maintenance. ;) Thanks all for another good grin to start my day.

jdclyde
jdclyde

I think my basement has GG beat for the hoarding of old equipment.... :( Will have to take a few pics and see.... ;\

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

is hoarding a 'guy thing'? B-)

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

I just love the way that they throw your things out then expect you to do something for them without buying anything. Now I have to go under the house and find where the Ducati was parked I haven't seen it sine the move and I'm worried that it's been thrown out too. :( Col

shasca
shasca

I bought a nice car hauler trailer a couple of years ago. Thank goodness, or I would be paying someone to hauled it off TOO!!!!

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

I had a storage unit for quite a few years. When I moved I went through it. WHy I was paying a monthly fee for most of that stuff is beyond me... I thought I had some stuff in there, but it was almost all cr@p! I decided that storage from now on was going to be very Temporary. If it can be gone without for a few years, then I likely wont need it again anyway!

shasca
shasca

I just emptied a 10x20 ft storage shed I had kept for 10 yrs. It contained stuff I never got moved to my new place from the old place. I hauled it all home kept about three pieces, and am now hauling that same crap to the recycler. At least in the basement you aren't paying a monthly fee. I must have paid $5000 storage for $100 worth of stuff (Sheeesh i'm idiot sometimes).

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

I know women who hoard cr@p too. However, many of us 'geeks' do hoard lots 'o Cr@p until its time to finally do something about it. I rid myself of most of it when I moved last year. And since, it has started anew :0

jdclyde
jdclyde

until the day AFTER your wife throws them out... B-)

Ceespace
Ceespace

well .. do we count the jar in the garage with all those miscellaneous screws, bolts and nuts, all somewhat corroded and all in different sizes? surely we keep them because one day.... erm yes

jdclyde
jdclyde

hoard, hoarding, wh0ring, it all goes with the territory... :0 :x

Mike_G
Mike_G

Another excellent installment. I'm sorry I didn't send my swag request sooner. I promise to do better once work lets up. My question is am I still Riff-Raff for requesting a book?

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

I got a book as well. However, you MUST get a mug as well. The TR Mug was an elusive beast for such a long time, now that they are getting about, it's time to collect them up :)

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

but there may be a hierarchy in place. I'm not sure that has all been worked out yet. :D http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=101&threadID=268070

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

You get 3 balls for $1, if you knock all of the bottles clear off of the platform you can take home some small swag, if you acquire 3 small pieces of swag, you can then upgrade to 1 not so small piece of swag. 3 not so small peieces of swag can be traded in for smaller than medium swag. 3 of those can be traded in for not quite medium swag. 3 of those can be traded in for for unbig swag. 3 pieces of unbig swag can be traded in for slightly bigger swag and after that I am not sure how it works. I've been around for the best part of 8 years and am still working on my 3 pieces of small swag. Or as Stever Matrtin said: "Uh, anything in this general area right in here. Anything below the stereo and on this side of the bicentennial glasses. Anything between the ashtrays and the thimble. Anything in this three inches right in here in this area. That includes the Chiclets, but not the erasers." and there ya have it, the TR swag heirarchy.