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Video: TR Out Loud - March 13, 2009

It's another lucky Friday the 13th at TechRepublic, and TR Out Loud on Video (TROLOV) is back again with your weekly dose of highlights on the site, including the top discussions and members on the forums.

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It's another lucky Friday the 13th at TechRepublic, and TR Out Loud on Video (TROLOV) is back again with your weekly dose of highlights on the site, including the top discussions and members on the forums. 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. 10 reasons why Linux isn’t triumphing over Linux
  2. Express yourself with new emoticons in the Community Forums
  3. Explaining concepts can be a challenge with some users
  4. How Linux can finally rise above Microsoft
  5. Laid off: Fight the urge to vent

Here are a few other links that you should check out:

If you'd like to contribute to the pics galleries,  please send me your photos.

Also, don't forget to sign up for the TechRepublic Community Central newsletter!

Most “Thumbs Up” in the TR Questions arena over the past week

  1. christianshiflet and Jacky Howe (5 thumbs)
  2. seanferd, robo_dev, Tony Hopkinson, OH Smeg, and Peconet Tietokoneet (3 thumbs)
  3. BFilmFan, itmanagement, and ---TK--- (2 thumbs)
Most Comments in the TR Forums this week

  1. Jacky Howe (98 posts)
  2. OH Smeg (87 posts)
  3. Peconet Tietokoneet (85 posts)
  4. Oz_Media (84 posts)
  5. seanferd (83 posts)
TR Member participation

Thanks to TR members Jaqui, GG, CG IT, and Hal 9000 for participating in this episode of TROLOV.

Last week's Question of the Week submitted by TR member betageek52 was: "Can you make up a 10 things list about new 10 things posts we can cover on TR?" Since we didn't receive many answers, I'm going to keep this question open for one more week. Please send your 10 10 things suggestions to trol at techrepublic.com.

Also, we'd love it if you joined in jdclyde's global game of tag. To play, leave a voice message either on our toll free number -- (866) 414-2638 -- or via Skype, and our Skype ID is tr.out.loud.

Voice messages, e-mails, and photos = swag If I mentioned your name on this episode of TROLOV, please send me your mailing address and swag item of choice. To earn some free TR swag of your very own, just send me an e-mail with an answer to the Question of the Week, a brand new Question of the Week, comments, photos, small videos, or even a voice message. Once again, our new e-mail address is trol at techrepublic.com, 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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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.

56 comments
Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

Hectic weekend with visitors for a surprise party. If only I was told about it. :D

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

I opened TROLOV and got an add? Some guy abusing the work computer watching unsuitable content that everyone wanted to get in on the act with. B-) Anyway back to TROLOV Edsel AKA Doofus has now returned home from the ICU and now the only thing remaining in ICU is his [i]Parents[/i] [b]Bank Accounts[/b] apparently 4.5 K latter + one taking a week off work has finally broken the Bank and they have struck up a contract to sell their First Born Female Child into the Sex Slave Market. I'll put in a E-Mail with the full details of this little monsters recovery and the way that he smashed up the ICU that he was in. :D Great Pod as Usual Sonja. :-bd Col 0:-)

JimInPA
JimInPA

Great job gals. Sorry I haven't participated in a while. Life has been quite hectic as of late. I'm sure you can all relate. Digging the new emoticons too although I have really only used one so far. So here it is, even if I am 200 years too late. :ar!

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

I've got no video, just a black screen. I'll have to try the other computer in the cold, cold office. :(

JimInPA
JimInPA

I may get to watch by lunch time :)

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

I thought it was agreed that JD was 'it' and it would not change? I must have been mistaken. Tammy, the Halo is befitting :D I love to see the impure carrying one around :D Sonja, damn that was SCARY! The video wouldnt play for a few minutes, I refreshed the page and just had a black box. Frantically thinking 'Now What' seemed to have fixed it -- whew. Must be a Friday the 13th thing when close to a full moon :0

Jellimonsta
Jellimonsta

Nice Job as usual Soni. Tammy, are you sure you only had Diet Coke in your TR mug? You seemed to have a little trouble getting your words out. :p ;\ Keep em' comin'! :)

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

We hope that you enjoy this episode of TR Out Loud on Video. Please chime in the discussion thread AND SEND ME CONTRIBUTIONS FOR NEXT WEEK'S SHOW! :D

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

The first episode of the Gruen Transfer is on Wednesday Night so you can sit back and mellow out watching Will Anderson poke fun at the Advertising Agencies again. I just loved the Advert that was made attempting to stop People Visiting AU for a Holiday. Pristine Isolated Beaches, Untouched Forests that are nearly impenetrable, Vast stretches of Desert that remain Unexplored all this is in AU and with so many places to bury your Body you are unlikely to ever be found. :^0 Or the Prawn saying eat the whale attempting to sell Whale Meat. I loved them both. ;) Col 0:-)

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

because it added something just for you! Now if you meant ad, then :^0 at you! :D And that halo on you really, really is mis representing yourself

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

Don't be a stranger... or at least stranger than the rest of your TR peers! ;)

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

into not showing the video. :D :D :D

jck
jck

:p :^0

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

That was after the obligatory half-hour wait for it to download. Think I'm going to have to move the wireless AP at the house...not going to move my office.

jdclyde
jdclyde

that, or just wrong? :p Although, "it" would seem to be the NICEST thing anyone has called me in the last few daze... ;\

tcavadias
tcavadias Staff

..tied... I really wanted to say - Friday night lights - Friday night music just wouldn't spit out unless I said it slow enough 0:-) TammyTodaysAngel [_]3 EDIT: For Scummy ;-)

JimInPA
JimInPA

splain the "global tag" thing to me please :)

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

I do enjoy my morning [_]3 with TROLOV and those Member Spotlights. Thumbs up to Tammy for mentioning some of the fun stuff we play in here! :D How long 'til Friday?

jck
jck

I'll try and get a pic of my baby to you, Sonja...although, I don't have a pet...so it's not an animal. :^0 Hm. I need to pick up rum on the way to the house tonight. I best take pics before I drink too much ]:) More later... lol

gadgetgirl
gadgetgirl

Can they also get converted to airmiles?! Still in a befuddled state cos of the meds (that must be why today, I just cannot get my headset to bluetooth with my lappie....) so I must have missed this global tag business - help a girl out here, will you? Mail me an overview? what happened? (bet this started the day after the accident - I lost that entire WEEK!) Getting better, just slowly. Anyone wanting to offer a neck transplant or replacement, just let me know! :p More than welcome for the moticon spreadsheet - anyone else wants it, just peer me. Grief, how bored was I THAT morning! It's friday so at the moment that means "Dad to Docs, Mum to Shops". ohdeepjoyandhappiness. Another four hours in the supermarket, after an hour in the hospital. Think I want to be back at work! yeah. that was all tongue in cheek, and you know it! GG

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

http://www.abc.net.au/tv/gruentransfer/consumersrevenge.htm I've been all around Australia and I keep running into people that I know. Harold Holt found a Pristine Isolated Beach. The Greens are responsible for the Untouched Forests . I thought that Bourke & Wills did a pretty good job. Ivan Milat knows a few good spots. I better mark the calender and check it out. EDIT: spelling

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

No not at all because I do what people ask me to do. Like above W2k Asked me to delete him so I'm going to open an Air Lock Door just for him as he sleeps. After all he asked me to so I must comply. :^0 Col 0:-)

JimInPA
JimInPA

I think I'm pretty safe :^0

jdclyde
jdclyde

worked fine the first time, for me, but even that was scary.... :p

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

you can make a video of it and have it featured on TROLOV :D

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

a washcloth or shower should help a bit....

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

I shall not go further, but could you not put off getting tongued until after the cast? oops, should I edit this before getting moderated? ?:|

jdclyde
jdclyde

when "someone" called in and started playing phone tag..... Soni, was that three weeks ago?

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

then you are not on the 'it' list. as far as I can tell those are the rules. kinda stoooooopid huh?

jdclyde
jdclyde

While there isn't much I could do as far as helping with a neck transplant, what you really need is someone to kiss the boo boo, repeatedly.... :x ;\

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

I think the HAL unit has a doctor for that -- but you might go the way of Daveo and Steffi :0 Better yet, dont let the HAL unit offer any medical help.. Just remember, Alcohol and Meds will get the days going by fast, fast, fast (you will sleep right through them) :D But I do wonder about that injury, wanting a neck transplant AND air fare??? Hmmm -- something is not right there ?:| Oh, get better soon :x

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

around $40 bucks a month for 200MB they are sooooooooo generous. Yep time for a change. I've been with PeopleTel for six years now with no major problems. That silent number may be a blessing for you. Just don't give it to anyone and you will be sweet.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Technical Service Call Center in the Philippines. After 3 hours on the phone I walked away in Disgust as the girl who knew nothing at all would say something like Check the Users Profiles in the Mail Client and I would have that open where she wanted me to be and tell her that everything was right and this totally confused her. I had to do it one step at a time to Open the Account Details in Outlook Express just to see the Incoming and Outgoing Servers. Then out of Desperation with the computers owner breathing down my neck and he is an old Army surgeon who is used to getting people to do as they are told I attempted to ring the Telecommunication Ombudsman. Another big mistake there but at least I did get to speak to some one locally who delighted in speaking down to me as if I didn't know anything at all and she had to instruct me how to turn on the NB. That came to a head when she told me to delete all of the e-mail as it wasn't important and was too big and this was the problem. I offered a compromise of Archiving the E-Mail after she rejected just moving it elsewhere she wanted it deleted no matter what. Anyway it was at that stage that the call was cut off by here end and I was left to my own devices again so I rang my Local Federal Member to make a complaint about the Service that I wasn't getting from that crowd. The fact that I had at least 6 hours work resetting the NB to what was required didn't matter it still was not collecting any Incoming E-Mail though I could quite happily send and look on the Web. I settled for looking at his E-Mail through their Web Site and then forwarding the Important stuff to my E-Mail Account and printing it out for him to read. Three hours on the phone to their primary Support Center, then another hour to their Senior Service Center I was waiting for their Senior Tech to return a phone call when it started working and downloaded the Test Messages that I had sent to him after clearing the Web Mail site. Apparently I fixed by it by ignoring it and most certainly the Bigpond Techs didn't fix any problem their end as that wouldn't be believable. I only had to work till 4.30 this morning to reset everything to where it was before I started looking at it. If they would just have admitted that they had a problem it would have made life so much simpler and saved me wasting so much time. :( Anyway as an Official Complaint has now been made to my Federal Member about a Senior Surgeon who has just returned from the Solomons Islands from supporting the Troops over there and my Federal Member is a little know guy called a Mr K Rudd something may even be achieved in getting Bigpond to get their act together but by then I think that this guy will have a new ISP. This morning when he collected his NB he was asking who was a better ISP to deal with as by now he was so completely fed up with them that he wasn't even concerned that he would have to pay out th contract he just wanted to see the end of them. Apparently in one session he ran up a $45.00 over Skype in the Solomons just trying to find out how to view the Web Mail Page because he couldn't see anything but the Headings and the unimportant stuff like the Medical Records and new procedures that he had to use while working there remained invisible to him. He out of desperation rang me and I suggested opening a Hot Mail Account and forwarding everything to that and I would look when he returned to see what if anything could be done to fix the problems. He got back here a week ago and then to add insult to injury his own NB stopped picking up any E-Mail a week after he returned and after 30 hours of not being able to receive any incoming E-Mail he brought the problem to me. I am now making arraignments to have the Phone number here changed to a silent number and running away from home so I don';t get hit with this crap again. ;) Col 0:-)

jdclyde
jdclyde

from the run option, %temp% clear everything in there. then clear the cache for your browser. reboot. then run video again. Take two aspirin and don't bother me... :D

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Not getting the option to add to the discussion from beneath the video either... :0

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Now I gotta figger out what's up with the lappie. I've watched before on it, I think. I booted it this morning on battery, but I don't know why that should matter. So I re-booted just now, and still no video. This'll make me nutser until I figure it out.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

I have a life! And some shame. Nobody sees inside [u]this[/u] office! Maybe I should call it the sanctuary...

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

One Slightly Split Personality or do you mean Just the One Personality? :0 Anyway as W2k asked to be deleted I'm happy to comply with his request so we'll not be seeing him around her much longer. :^0 Col 0:-) [i]Edited[/i] Just to keep Boxy Happy. :)

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

It is your Duty to offer TR's Queen Geek whatever she requires but expecting her to do anything in return can result in the Queen Geek demanding that her other Subjects comply with her wishes when she says [b]Off With His Head[/b] Though any infected/afflicted by the Scummy One may ask which Head? :^0 Me being so Pure wouldn't know what they are on about when asking things like that though. B-) Col 0:-)

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

just a suggestion of what he could do to be called better things. But yes, I would offer GG a sponge bath, and I would accept one from her :D

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

have merged to the degree that they're just one personality again. :D :0

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Having Sponge baths that sounds very much like something that Scummy would enjoy. :p Or are you being so Pure and just offering GG one? Col 0:-)

BFilmFan
BFilmFan

Too late. It's funny as all get out. Excuse me madam, but your tonguing is showing...

jdclyde
jdclyde

I have been doing that for years. The back and forth of trying to get someone on the line, phone tag. B-) I just stepped it up this time! :D

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

I'll make sure you are molesting W2K when I open the Air Lock. :^0 Then the both of you can get a sun tan as you head towards the sun. :^0 :D :^0 :D :^0 Col 0:-)

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

As I haven't opened the Air Lock Yet W2k is still around for a very short time at least. :p Col 0:-)

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

W2K. No Worries. :0 Col 0:-)

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

you were NOT supposed to see this. Please delete it from your memory banks (shouldnt be hard to do, since they are barely functional anyway)

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

That I'm assuming would require the Local Quack to give some Medical Opinion without recompense and you all know what [b]Free Advice[/b] is worth don't you? :O Now if several people would like to pay me for this advice I'll gladly let them know the solution. :^0 Col 0:-)

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