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Video: TR Out Loud - July 17, 2009

This week's video captures some insight from Jason Hiner and Toni Bowers about two of the top discussions of the week; plus the other staple ingredients: top members, Tammy's Spam Buster report, and community participation.

Podcast

This week's TROLOV -- that's TR Out Loud on Video -- captures some insight from Jason Hiner and Toni Bowers about two of the top discussions of the week; plus the other staple ingredients: top members, Tammy's Spam Buster report, and community participation. If you're not a fan of video, you can choose to just listen to the audio file.

Notes: Top discussion threads:

  1. Google Chrome OS: 3 reasons it matters, and 4 reasons it's irrelevant
  2. Poll: What's your 'geek look?'
  3. 10 boring phrases you should cut from your resume
  4. Is billing by the hour unethical?
  5. Video: TR Out Loud - July 10, 2009

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Most "Thumbs Up" in the TR Questions arena over the past week

  1. CG IT (11 thumbs)
  2. SinisterSlay and OH Smeg (8 thumbs)
  3. OldER Mycroft (6 thumbs)
  4. shasca (5 thumbs)
  5. Jacky Howe (4 thumbs)
Most Comments in the TR Forums this week

  1. Palmetto (124 posts)
  2. Deadly Ernest (126 posts)
  3. jdclyde (141 posts)
  4. OldER Mycroft (178 posts)
  5. santeewelding (235 posts)
TR Member participation

Thanks to ghunter591, catworld, Datacommguy, Ganyssa, NickNielsen, jdclyde, boxfiddler, dsr, and April for participating in this episode of TROLOV.  These folks are eligible for some free swag!

Last week's Question of the Week was sent in by KSoniat, but it's directed just to the TR members who attended the Community Event in Louisville, Kentucky. She wants to know, of all the board games that were mentioned beforehand: "What did you play? Who played? And who won?" Here are some of their responses:

Ganyssa: "Board games? We brought board games? I barely even touched my phone…"

NickNielsen: "I don't remember any board games. In fact, the closest I remember we got to a board was when JD broke out the carrot cake and we all bellied up to the board. I think we were more interested in actually meeting each other and talking face-to-face than in playing games."

Jdclyde: "There were NO board games played at the gathering. I had several decks of cards, chinese fingercuffs, a puzzle (that Soni couldn't figure out) and carrot cake. Never did end up playing cards."

Boxfiddler: "The games I brought didn't leave my hotel room. My guess is that the others can say the same. What I played? No telling. Who I played with? No telling. Who won? We all did."

This week's Question of the Week was sent in by TR member dsr: "Do you know if dbqwiksite is still in business?"

And I'd also like to know, in preparation for BlogHer 2009 next week in Chicago: ""What questions would you like me to ask the BlogHer founders, or any guest speakers, sponsors, or attendees at the conference?" Please send only legitimate questions to trol at techrepublic.com. Voice messages, e-mails, and photos = swag If you'd like to earn some free TR swag, send in an e-mail with an answer to the Question of the Week, a brand new Question of the Week, comments, and/or photos to trol at techrepublic.com.

You can also leave a voice message -- our toll free number is (866) 414-CNET (2638) and our Skype ID is tr.out.loud.

We have lots and lots of swag. If you'd like a complete listing, shoot me an e-mail, and I'll send a reply.

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86 comments
TheChas
TheChas

Okay, Am I the only one who has not been able to download the audio file? I either get routed back to the TR home page, or I get just 9K and it won't play. Thanks, Chas

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

Nothing was broken. I simply forgot to publish the mp3. My bad - oh, and thanks for the heads up!

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Also I have to thank you on Behalf of Toni Bowers as she would need to ask something along the lines of Sure she may know what she's doing [b]But What She Look Like?[/b] You saved the last question being asked. :^0 Col 0:-)

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

I did however notice that what Sonja Posted [b]WebGrrls[/b] this week did the same thing till it was supposedly fixed. Maybe that fix broke the rest of the links. ;) May have to wait till Soni gets back to get this one fixed though. :( Col

KSoniat
KSoniat

No one 'fessed up - but Jason had pictures of Pool and shuffleboard? No Darts JD?

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

were available and free to play at the dinner location after the Event. I requested the room with pool tables and dart boards, but we ended up on the other side of the building somehow. (scratching head) That's alright though, because Jason did have a lot of fun closing down the restaurant playing shuffleboard. (it's true... LOL) So, no darts for JD - but he did kick my butt in a game of pool. What a nice guy, eh? You're SUPPOSE to let the ladies win! ;)

KSoniat
KSoniat

In my younger days - I surprised quite alot of people. I no longer look so young and innocent, and haven't played for a bit. I'll have to brush up. Whomped a few in ping pong too. ...who me? competitive? 0:-)

JamesRL
JamesRL

We had plenty of time alone and he didn't ask.... James

Shellbot
Shellbot

hmmm..but maybe it was you he was looking to for the spanking?? ]:)

JamesRL
JamesRL

I suspect that JD wanted to get spanked.... James

Shellbot
Shellbot

this year, so I can really show him how its done next year ]:)

Shellbot
Shellbot

I hadn't played in years..but James and I still managed to spank JD & Ganyasa ]:)

KSoniat
KSoniat

My daughter entered an "Invention Convention" through her school and she designed a plexiglass top for the foosball table so the ball COULDN'T bounce out. Then she changed the ball to a ping pong ball and made an "upper goal" worth 2 points. Talk about a hysterical game!!!! :)

neilb
neilb

I played for my Uni team. We call it "table footy". I guess that I will have to practise, though, as it's been (mumble) years. The gauntlet is thrown down... :D

jdclyde
jdclyde

to have got a foosball game going. Would have OWNED everyone.... B-) Spent many a break getting the "blink" shot down. You blink, and the ball is past you.....

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

is one I like. Nothing like hitting the puck so hard it flys off the table and traverses over 10 feet :^0

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

I absolutely LOVE ping pong... when we had a table at the office, I had to beg people to play with me. I'd try to take it easy on them and not whoop 'em too badly, just so they'd play with me again - but when we consolidated office space, the ping pong table had to go. All we have left (besides Wii and XBox 360) is a foosball table, which I've never really gotten into. Foosball for me is just spinning the heck out of the handles and hoping you accidentally shoot a ball in the goal.

Jellimonsta
Jellimonsta

Great job as usual Soni. I like how you thank Scummy for being less scummy. :D Keep up the great work. By the way, did you have to add the 'legitimate' disclaimer for the BlogHer questions? Now none of us can send one in. :p ;\ Wow, did you really only have one blooper for this week? I am disappointed. :D

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

no, just withholding more scummy remarks, that's all. I will never be less scummy

shasca
shasca

Told you, you were addicted. When can I expect that fiver to arrive.

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

however when making a change such as encrypting the drive, then running a system restore to before the encryption happened, your drive should turn into a brick. with that in mind, it is a good idea to kill all restore points when doing disk encryption setup (or immediately after).

shasca
shasca

We have just started Bit locking our Laptops this Fiscal go round. Are you saying that doing a system restore on them will grenade the drive?

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

it sounds like it's in the Twilight Zone I would see if I could get it replaced. ;)

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

4 months, then today -- read errors. tried another NB, same thing, pulled it out and put it on USB, no problems. Scanned it, no problems. Put it back in the shell -- no go. Ran BIOS util -- no go, boot to Linux disk -- reads fine. Ran a disk check util, tests fine.

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

on some Systems it has to be Cable Select and on others it has to be Master. It's a WD.

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

looks like it is going to be pretty much staying backed up. For the encryption project I just installed and encrypted my main systems HDD, foud a problem in the install which brought up more questions/possible problems. Finally got it straightened out, and the vista/bitlocker drive took a dump -- but only when used as th eprimary system drive (read errors). it is fine when not used to boot from. see, plenty of things to do -- just got through the main points, and with my backup system dead, I am not going to play too much on my main system with the drive encryption. Oh, if you ever use a drive encryption SW (I didnt do this) never try system restore if it goes wrong :0 I am told it will make the drive a brick. Funny that they dont put protections in place, like cleaning the system restore checkpoints before installing ?:|

shasca
shasca

Why so much downtime? You are just that good, you are always caught up. They looking to hire anyone???

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

and never took your bet cause I know I would ultimately lose :0 yes, an addiction -- especially when all I ma doing right now is setups and scanning my dead drive :( Luckily, it was only the Vista system that died -- not worrying much about it. Funny, nothing seems to be wrong with it, except in any notebook as the primary drive, it reads disk unreadable errors. But in the USB drive, it works fine. Running diags from the NB it is fine as well. boot to it, and nothing but read errors

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

and so do the Staff members. Having a Blog in the top 5 is like chasing Thumbs. Great efforts one and all. A special thanks to Sonja for the surprise Swag and it is very much appreciated. Rob

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

I doubt many members know this, but Jacky consistently sends me questions from the forums to populate the Questions of the Week post - EVERY week. I've asked you all a few different times to help me out, and a couple of you did for a week or three, but Jacky continues to send them in. Now, granted, the Questions of the Week post in TR Out Loud doesn't get very much love - thumbs up or discussion posts - but we really want to highlight/surface some of the questions in the Questions forum ... it's a great place to find info, but a lot of it gets buried. So, thanks Jacky for helping a girl out with this endeavor. And also thanks to Hal 9000 for sending in something each and every week for TROLOV, whether it's an answer to the Question of the Week, a photo, or a comment about the show. I really appreciate it!!

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

I have been very remiss for the last few weeks and not sent in anything because I don't have anything at all to contribute because I'm Boring. :0 Actually I've been run off my feet for the last few weeks and haven't had too much time to visit TR. I think that it is the [b]Cure for the TR Addiction[/b] that someone is attempting to slip in on me. But I'll try harder and try to get something for next week. :( Col

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

She makes Aunty Jack look like the Best Kindergarten Teacher possible. And Aunty Jack only wanted to [b]Rip Your Bloody Arms OFF. [/b] :^0 SWMBO is far nastier than that. :0 Col 0:-)

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

in her eyes you are perfect unless otherwise not perfect. Does that by definition make you NOT PERFECT? ~your empty threats fall of deaf ears~

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

I'll tell [b]SWMBO[/b] what you said and she'll be after your Privates to wear as earrings. But only if she is in a good mood at the time it may be far more painful. :^0 She thinks that I'm perfect when I do what she tells me to and need reeducation when I don't. :p Col 0:-)

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

And I'm perfect as I am. I don't need improvement or any cure for anything. I just have to learn how to say [b]NO[/b] to [b]SWMBO[/b] though. :_| Col 0:-)

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

and I'm addicted to TR. I suffered this morning for 4 hours without a fix. Damn electricity interruptions. :p

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

and I'm addicted to TR. < wrings hands, wipes brow, releases nervous giggle >

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

generate quite a few responses (if you use it :D )

shasca
shasca

Now I am saddened

Shellbot
Shellbot

We get the hint :) I'll dig up something for the next one..

KSoniat
KSoniat

... and glance at the transcript below the video and was concerned you had given Palmetto Santee's top spot in the "Most Posts" list. After listening & watching the names are in the right order, but the number of posts are backwards. We will miss you next week while you at at BlogHer - That was a really good video from last year's - look forward to another!

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

What about the important things like No TROL OV next week? That's just nor fair. :( Col

KSoniat
KSoniat

And I was merely noting I thought Santee was getting unfair billing based on number displayed. Me picky? Nah... :)

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

That is Tacit Approval for her to go out and forget about TROL OV and that is just unacceptable. I need my weekly fix every week. Even if there is no way I can contribute to the show as the wrong questions get asked. :( Col

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

be something, perhaps a guest video or some of the videos taken at the Gathering. The GG cam did not work out due to technical issues but there were loads of video taken.

Shellbot
Shellbot

maybe your right... but no way I'd ever admit that :)

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

you would believe that statement. But since that aint the fact, I think you are kidding yourself (usually) :^0

Shellbot
Shellbot

I'm not scary :( I'm all sweet and nice..usually ]:)

Shellbot
Shellbot

If it rains much more here you may awake to the doorbell ringing at 3 am one night :) I'd bring choclate though..so its all good :)

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Most of the females that I have run across are just [b]Plain Scary. SWMBO[/b] is driven nuts because I agree with her when she says the most insane things and is spoiling for a confrontation. While it doesn't stop her complaining it does completely ruin her wish to start issues so I get more peace and quite. :D Col

Tig2
Tig2

I can always find room for an Irish rose.

santeewelding
santeewelding

I've met her. Not even if all you were wearing was your gunbelt would you prevail.

Shellbot
Shellbot

Your the second person today to think I was blonde!! Dang it..am I that ditzy?? I'm not bleachin it..too much maintenace..I'm a low maintenance type a girl. Oh and Scum..no contest..i'd be the winner there ]:)

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

we will finally know who will outlast who??? Oh, and bleach your hair -- I always pictured you as a blonde

Shellbot
Shellbot

Well, I was thinking maybe Scummy had turned over a new leaf? I may have to take Scummy's offer..your place is too cold.. :)

Shellbot
Shellbot

Now now..there are very few indeed who would ever get the pleasure of sharing a bed with me.. ]:)

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Scummy and Gentleman is way beyond a Oxymoron that I'm surprised that the Auto Correct Function on your Computer didn't cause Windows to hang and never work again. :0 But as it's currently cold here I could do with some decent weather where it gets to the mid 40's that would be lovely but then again that's C not F. Almost warm enough to go outside when it's like that. B-) Here it was predicted to start the day at 5 C but because of the Wind which pushed in some clouds it only got down to 8 C. Unfortunately it didn't feel any warmer when the sun came up for the rest of the day. :( But having days in the mid 70's F would be a lovely Sporing Day for me. :p Col 0:-)

Shellbot
Shellbot

you'd sleep on the sofa ? now thats being a gentleman. ]:)

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

test before you post the links :^0 Hmmm -- some thoughts needed sometimes :^0

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

however with you here, we would only need 1 still.

jdclyde
jdclyde

of course the equipment on-hand was meh....

Shellbot
Shellbot

now is that a 2 room place, or a two bedroomed place? cheap rent for a friend??? i must admit i complained it was too hot in KY..however after days of cloud and rain..i think i could take the heat:)

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

I am currently all alone in a 2 rm place. Sunny -- yes. its been great weather recently :D right now, sunny and about 75 -- clouds burning off, should be in the high 80's today. Nice day for a mountain run on da bike :D -- specially since I already called all of the shops and there is still no more ammo :(

Shellbot
Shellbot

next time get the video all sorted and we'll come up for it! you know what us smokers are like....face it, we going to spend our time outside :) I hate being cooped up indoors all the time anyways..have enough of that over here.. yes...its raining AGAIN today.. i like it here, but if i win the lotto i am getting out of this godforsaken rain hole :( anyone got a spare room for me somewhere sunny and warm???

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

which means both points are moot. And then the real kicker -- The GG cam didnt even have GG in it AND nobody got her 'in the mood' :0 geez, do I gotta do everything myself?

jdclyde
jdclyde

one, as this was not planned out before hand, we did not have a microphone to send that audio. That could be a problem. Second issue, the smokers hit the 90 degree patio to light up instead of coming up for a drink and video.

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

arose because JD was in charge of the setup of the GG cam. All those that voted for this are to blame though -- they should have known better. Afterall, non techs seemed to have no problem streaming their videos (even live) :^0

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

What with all of those Techs there they couldn't get a video to work. That just isn't believable. :0 But if all you are implying here MJ is that you couldn't get GG to perform as required now that is completely believable. I was told that all of those USB powered things wouldn't work right due to the different Voltage involved between the UK and USA. :^0 Col 0:-)

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