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Video: TR Out Loud - July 4, 2008

Sure, it's a federal holiday in the United States, but the show must go on! Will you find fireworks in this episode? Will you find the top discussions and most active members of the week? An irate moderator? Photos sent in my TR members? Canned, fizzy lager? YES!

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Sure, it's a federal holiday in the United States, but the show must go on! Will you find fireworks in this episode? YES! Will you find the top discussions and most active members of the week? An irate moderator? Photos sent in my TR members? Canned, fizzy lager? YES! YES! YES! and YES! 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. How do you convince potential employers that you're not overqualified?
  2. Lines in the sand: 3 requests support techs should turn down
  3. TechRepublic's new facelift at a glance
  4. Sanity check: Five things we have learned from Bill Gates
  5. Video: TR Out Loud - June 27, 2008
Most “Thumbs Up” in the TR Questions arena this week?

  1. True Blue and nepenthe0 (6 thumbs)
  2. Jellimonsta (5 thumbs)
  3. bwilmot (4 thumbs)
  4. dawgit (3 thumbs)
  5. OH Smeg, Old Mycroft, and technogeek-1995  (2 thumbs)
Most Comments in the TR Forums this week?

  1. jdclyde (356 posts)
  2. boxfiddler (257 posts)
  3. nepenthe0 (184 posts)
  4. Old Mycroft (164 posts)
  5. Oz_Media (138 posts)
Voice messages, e-mails, and photos = swag

Many thanks to CG IT, Mike_G, and CaptBilly1Eye for sending in photos. Also a big hug to CG IT for leaving a voice message. In addition, Nick Nielson and Hal 9000 sent in answers to Old Mycroft's question about what names TR members have given to the their computers:

Nick Nielson:

For whatever reason, I've named my PCs as follows:

Windows XP desktop - Dora

Multi-boot (PCLOS/Ubuntu 8.04/Windows XP) - D.T

Laptop - Lazarus

Is it hard to tell I'm a Heinlein fan?

Hal 9000:

Well, as such I don't name any of my computers except for the One off units that do only 1 job like the one I use for recording DVD's -- it is called DVD Recorder, though I do get a bit tired of moving Super 8 Movies and so on to DVD for some of my customers, and I don't really have the time to spare doing this so there is 1 computer setup that can be left at different customers work or homes so that they can use it. Overall, they are all called FRED which stands for Ridiculous Electronic Device and we'll just forget about the F bit.

The test rigs which are all on a Child Domain are just given a descriptive name covering their Hardware and if there are several of the same CPU type and speed they get called by something that makes the case stand out and be recognisable. As none of these are used for anything but testing new Hardware or Software there isn't any security risk involved unless some Script Kiddie is so desperate to break in and steal the Vista Code I'm not at all concerned.

No one made suggestions about what Old Mycroft should name his new phone. Old Mycroft, look on the bright side... now you're not going to be stuck calling your phone something that you don't like!

Send all comments, questions, photos (more people and more pets, please!), and video clips to TROL at cnet.com. Should I even waste my breath or hands typing our voice mail info? This is one of the last times, people... our toll free number is (866)-414-CNET (2638) and our Skype ID is tr.out.loud.

If you saw your e-mail or heard your voice message on TROLOV, that means that you're eligible for free stuff. 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)
  • Administrator's Guide to Active Directory, Second Edition (Workbook 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.

54 comments
Ceespace
Ceespace

New front door? I've been using this window round the side! (must remember to use the front door in future)

Ceespace
Ceespace

Loved the cat! and the mistakes at the end I am inspired to send in my cat - she eats only dry food and sleeps most of the day so she won't be a bother in your office

CaptBilly1Eye
CaptBilly1Eye

He loves compliments. I'll pass it along. :) ...but send in a picture rather than the cat itself. :D

Mike_G
Mike_G

Another great job! Thanks for including my little photo collection. I will do my best to participate more in the future.

gusgallows
gusgallows

Hey Mike, thanks for showing me this. I will be sure to participate as well.

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

And if you want some swag, just drop me a line. You'll be the envy of all your co-workers. ;)

Jellimonsta
Jellimonsta

Another job well done. I will see if I can even leave you a voicemail too some time soon. Jelli

OldER Mycroft
OldER Mycroft

That's OK, I don't mind you stealing my comments and passing them off as your own, you naughty Sonja. Seriously, these TROLOVs are becoming a key component of the whole TR experience and you TWO are not as bad as you used to be. Practice makes... well, better. The Bloopers thing was clever but a couple more cans of whatever was in 'em and you could have ranked for a Certificate Rating! Nothing draws in punters faster than a rating. By the way, when are you going to broadcast the Cookery section of the show - that microwave behind you has never been used yet. :D

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

is that from scratch or just to warm them? For some reason I never thought of Baking in the microwave -- but it it works, I may need to try it out :D

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Not least because I got a mention! :D If drinking only one causes that much problem, you should drink more so you're used to it! ;) edited because I could

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

Wow, you mean I gotta take extra steps now :0 hmmm, ok, maybe I'll try to remember that! :) Oh, BTW -- I really wasnt expecting this today, Thanks Sonja :) btw -- Pepsi is not beer :^0 ok, ok, suggestion for ya -- they make fake labels for cans and bottles (canned beer?? :0 ). So you can walk around all day drinkin and nobody is the wiser (unless they get close enough) :D CGIT -- Great Spy Catch! Any suggestions on ridding Gophers and Squirrels? Nepenthe0 -- Thank You on the pics removals! :)

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

Toni and I would have drank our beer uncovered (no, not pepsi), but Bill thought we should to prevent any kind of legal schmegal consequences. Maybe if we had a beer sponsor, we could drink freely! And sadly, yes, one beer is all it takes. Cheap date.

jdclyde
jdclyde

A six pack would last the weekend! Woo Woo! ]:)

Tig2
Tig2

I have decided that I want to be number one of the top 100 again. So everyone in front of me? I suggest that you duck! A very determined Tigger is on her way up the TR ladder of fame and fortune. Now that I have gotten that off my chest... Soni, you aren't supposed to drink the props. That's why they are called PROPS! Thank you for updating us about the site re-design. That caused some angst as we weren't prepared for a change. Hmm. I think that this week I will blog about Change Management. I always enjoy seeing Toni. I email at her but only get to see her in this once a week video. As this comes out on Friday, it is a good reminder to me that I have a Desktop blog due on Tuesday! Love your dedication Soni. I know that you dragged your tail in from the Louisville 'burbs to get this posted- early too! Hope you have a wonderful rest of your day off. Yeah- I know I look like crap when I walk. What do you expect? A beauty queen? Wait till you see me after 20 miles!

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Drink beer on 'TV'? ;) Another good video. I do enjoy these, thanks. Great picture there CG IT. Gave me quite a smile. Keep 'em comin'!

CG IT
CG IT

Want to see the bloopers of Sonja in the music studio.... or the dancing girl bloopers...

jdclyde
jdclyde

Just sending luv! First day of a holiday morning, ThingOne and ThingTwo are still snozzen, so just playing around, trying not to make to much noise. Another well done cast Sonja. Happy Holiday, one and all.

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

Here I am posting TROLOV on my day off. Talk about dedication to the TR community! Okay, I confess... it was fun. :)

shasca
shasca

Folks it is just that easy I contacted Sonya with an offering. She has so kindly accepted my humble offering. You all will have to wait til TROL after next to see. Do I seem to be walking with a bit of a "Swagger"?

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

although it sounds like Sonya, it is Sonja. Just had to remove some of the "Swagger" walk a bit :^0 just cause I am Scum :D

Ceespace
Ceespace

so what is illegal in the religeon of scum? surely there are few commandments to adhere to

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

that I am Scum??? Cant help ya on those B'days though.. Wait a minute, I can. The Religion of Scum can help YOU!!! The religion of Scum is based on doing what you want, and having a built in excuse (My Religion Made Me Do It)... Once you use this excuse, you are truly Scum, so therefore, are accepted into the religion of Scum... :D So, when you get a 'talking to' on your B'Day, just punch the person and scream "My Religion Made Me Do It!" The God of Scum (The Scummy One) will answer your call, and admit that your religion DID make you do it (as long as its not too illegal) :D See, tis a Win-Win situation :D

shasca
shasca

Same day I get presents I also get a "Talking to". Wow just like my birthdays.

shasca
shasca

How can we get one of the white TR shirts before they become obsolete. Truly would be a collectors item to me. P.S. Dont say earn it. Unless I could trade points!!!!

Tig2
Tig2

Every week Sonja asks us to send her stuff or email her or leave her voice mail. She'll let you know if your submission is used. If it is, make the request for WHITE, not BLUE and briber her with coffee or chocolate. Oh, and tell her where to send it. If you are a lurker, you stand a better chance than us noisy people!

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Posts from Davette without a Edit are really frighting. ;) Col ]:)

shasca
shasca

I got the hallowed Email from Sonya this A.M. cofirming my acceptance. Thank you all for the guidance. I will be in TROL-VII-XVIII-MMVIII.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

It was a minor blip on the screen, Col. I appear to have regained my propensity for typos and afterthoughts. ;)

Tig2
Tig2

It wouldn't be special! Our swag is VERY special stuff. Only the best geeks get to have any. And once you DO have some, you get bragging rights and street cred. Keep this whole SWAG thing in proper perspective! :D

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

There are several things to do. 1. Publicly Humiliate the HAL9000 unit (its broken). Then email Sonja with the link :D (I dont know if this will get SWAG, but it may be pretty funny). 2. Afterwards, make sure to say "My religion made me do it". Then you will be a member of the Church of Scum :D (again, I dont know if it will get swag though). 3. Profess GG (Gadget Girl)as the Queen of the Impure Brigade (once again, not sure about Swag). 4. Ok, for the SWAG -- join in on the TROLOV (search for TROL or TR Out Loud), and join in with a call or email. Then wait and see if Sonja posts/plays it. If so, send her an email with your address and requested item(s) :D Then, if she is in a good mood, Sonja will send SWAG. If not, well, umm, nice knowin ya! :^0

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

why not just ask Sonja NOT to mention you??? You seem to be goin through a lot of trouble, and it aint workin! Oh wait, that would require some sense! :0 :^0

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

http://tinyurl.com/5lpjxc Watch the Pod Cast and then contribute either by E-Mail or Phone and receive some TR Swag. :D I'm trying to drive everyone nuts and get then to contribute so that I'm not constantly being made mention of. Doesn't seem to be working yet though. :( Col

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

I'll not rub your nose in it and tell you what arrived today. :0 But Customs did have to open one packet to see what was inside it. :D Col ]:)

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

I didn't have a good laugh at your need to constantly edit postings I had a great deal of terror when you stopped needing to do this. :p Col ]:)

tcavadias
tcavadias

understand "typonese"? What kind of Geekette are you? ;-) :p :D -Tammy :-)

shasca
shasca

So what does one enter as in the quest for the Riff Raff level?? I'm a Half-Raff, Riff Stiff, Raffentice, Riffeenie? I'm sooo confused. Guess I'll just buy a Polo.

tcavadias
tcavadias

... guess that means I'll just have to keep entertaining myself with my bouncy flashy ball :p -Tammy :-)

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

It hasn't been that long ago that you had quite a good laugh at my own propensity for interminable editing! :D :D

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

After all they don't want all of the Riff Raf having TR Swag by simply buying it. Honest. :D Swag is TR's way of keeping the Unruly Riff Raf away for the more acceptable Riff Raf and this prevents then really bad ones scaring off new members before they have a chance to Even see what this place is all about. :^0 Did you even wonder why the Merchandise store for Space Balls never had the Space Balls Flamethrower as advertised in the movie. It was for the same reason the Riff Raf that frequented the site needed to work for the Space Balls Flame Thrower and in doing so they prevented that from interfering with sales of other merchandise to nice people. ;) TR wanting to be owned by CBS has been following their Merchandising Policy for many years now. Honest. :p Col ]:)

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

I was editing the above and corrected that Typo before I saw your post so as a long time sufferer of the very rare Geek Disease Typo that renders the affected unable to correctly communicate with others I can only say that [b]WINDOWS Made Me Do It.[/b] :0 Col [ ]all nice and sweetness emotion needs to be inserted here.[/ ] :^0

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

is a 'Geel'? Maintenance, Hal, maintenance. :D

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

TR is a Brand Name which is very recognized and they in an attempt to get more sales refuse to have their Branded items used by the Unruly lot and other throughly disreputable people particularly those 1% ers. They are attempting to sell an image of [b]Geeks, Nerds[/b] and quite frankly Harley Riding degenerates do not qualify as it ruins the entire image. B-) So if you want [b]Swag[/b] you have to prove yourself as a [b]Desirable Person[/b] by Swearing off anything that even vaguely resembles a Motorcycle and the Hell's Angeles Fraternity. If you drive a Blood Splattered beat up old truck with Big Nerf Bars all around it and have a Known Reputation of Running Bikers off the road and letting them kill themselves and are constantly say things like [b]Bloody Bikie Scum[/b] they all deserve to die. After doing this for 40 to 80 years you will finally quality for some [b]TR Swag[/b] that can be used out of home maybe. Of course by this time you will have forgotten all about it and no longer even know what a TR is. :0 Of course if you where female with large breasts of I don't know somewhere around the 1500 DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD size they would be falling over themselves providing you TR Clothing. Honest. :^0 If you wish to undergo a new experiential Breast Augmentation which involves Liposuction to remove Fat cells from the Stomach, Thighs and so on have this removed tissue therapeutically cloned and then used to enlarge the breasts to something like Steffi's Size of 300 KG per side they will also provide TR Self Wetting T Shirts but you'll have to spring for the Titanium H Beam Supports that need to be inserted into the back to keep the spine in the correct shape and allow you to sort of walk upright. Of course you'll be more than happy to pay for this as the Gravel Rash that you get when moving around on all fours is way more painful. Or so I've been told. :0 Col ]:)

shasca
shasca

I guess it's time for a lil creativity. I'm surprised TR doesn't have a Merchandise Store. I saw a bookstore, but that was it.

tcavadias
tcavadias

:::stomps her foot::: I never get swag.... Oh wait... never mind, I got a bouncy flashy ball (I'm so easily amused) -Tammy :-)

tcavadias
tcavadias

none of my bloopers got featured... whew.... -Tammy :-) off to take my bath now... I hope ;-)

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

These TROLOV's are getting so good now, it is really entertaining and something I actually look forward to when I boot up first thing on a Friday morning. Your performance is getting so slick and smooth now, what a couple of media pros you've become! Have a fantastic holiday see you online next week. All the best, OM.

ThumbsUp2
ThumbsUp2

.... but, I wish you would get a handle on the volume controls. :p I set my volume for the opening scene. When you start the section with Toni in it, I have to turn up the volume quite a bit so I can hear both of you, but especially Toni. Then, the next scene without Toni nearly blasts me out of the chair. :0 ---

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

Toni and I actually switch mics once she's done with her scene, because I'm definitely more of a loud mouth than she is. I can adjust the volume on individual segments, so I'll pay closer attention to that next time. Thanks for the feedback!

CG IT
CG IT

always love bloopers bleepers .....

gadgetgirl
gadgetgirl

glad I gave you the excuse to have alcohol! Ok, when I can talk again, I'll get on skype and leave you something..... (Minor surgery: don't ask) what happened to this weeks' question? Did I miss it? (could happen. on meds..... :( ) GG

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

There wasn't one asked. :( I suppose that means that no one sent on in to Sonja so she could ask it. Guess that I'll have to put on my thinking cap and see what I can come up with but feel free to jump in because you ask questions so much better than me. Col

BFilmFan
BFilmFan

Yes you are very dedicated to your work, but most of us have known that for years. Next time you ladies need some frilly ladies drink with lil' umbrellas in them or one of those monster drinks in the huge cups that guys are always purchasing for the women in our life cause we think you like the things. Maybe a whole new discussion in the question of whether uber geekette babes like those kinds of drinks... And the bloopers segment was a good idea. Keep those coming!

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