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Video: TR Out Loud - May 29, 2009

In typical TROLOV form, this weekly TechRepublic community video highlights the top discussions and members on the forums. And speaking of the TR Community, the big Event is less than one month away!

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In typical TROLOV form, this weekly TechRepublic community video highlights the top discussions and members on the forums. And speaking of the TR Community, the big Event is less than one month away! You can find out more about the TR Community Event in the "other links" section below. 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. Vacation? What a quaint concept
  2. 10 ways you might be breaking the law with your computer
  3. Linux and Windows compromised at boot
  4. Video: TR Out Loud - May 22, 2009
  5. FNM 22-05-2009

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

If you'd like to contribute to the pics galleries,  please send us your photos.  We'd also love to receive some Garden Club pics (hint hint).

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. Peconet Tietokoneet (13 thumbs)
  2. Jacky Howe (12 thumbs)
  3. OH Smeg (10 thumbs)
  4. Wizard-09 (7 thumbs)
  5. OldER Mycroft (5 thumbs)
Most Comments in the TR Forums this week

  1. jdclyde (183 posts)
  2. The Scummy One (172 posts)
  3. Jacky Howe (167 posts)
  4. Deadly Ernest (158 posts)
  5. boxfiddler (112 posts)
TR Member participation

Thanks to Jacky Howe, Hal 9000, Bill, J.Ja, BFilmFan, NickNielsen, Deadly Ernest, and Kitty Puff 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 jdclyde: “Do you dictate to business partners what format they're allowed to send you, or do THEY dictate to you?" And the follow up question: "Does anyone out there use an open format?" Here are some of the responses we received:

NickNielsen: I use the Open Document almost exclusively for personal use. If I have to send documents to others, I usually export as PDF or, if the file must be edited, I use Microsoft Office 97 or 2003 format.

Hal 9000: I use Microsoft Office 2003 and Word Perfect Office as well as Open Office and several different PDF Readers, so I can view files in most formats - but from past experience, as most of my clients do submit Government Tenders, they have to submit these as Microsoft .doc format so that Office 2003 is the staple Office application for all of them.

Deadly Ernest: Yes, I use an open format for all my documents now. I dumped Office 2003 back in 2004 because every time I opened an older document created in Word for Windows 2a, or Word 6, or Excel 4 the file got corrupted by Office 2003 - thank heavens for back up copies. I tried Open Office and they all opened up OK, as did the newer documents. I do run into the odd organization that insists documents sent them be in MS Office or MS Excel format, so I simply save as such in Open Office. The recipients all report that the documents are perfectly formatted.

This week's Question of the Week is a "Who is this?“ photo. Check out the video to see the photo, and then send your guesses to trol at techrepublic.com. Voice messages, e-mails, and photos = swag 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.

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.

39 comments
Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

Sonja, keep it up it's great. ;) Finally worked out how to copy the Show. I can now watch it without it having to catch up. Works perfectly with GOM Player. Thanks OM for putting me onto it. :D

KSoniat
KSoniat

Took the morning off to watch my daughter graduate (8th grade). Was glad to have TROLOV waiting when I got in! :)

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Got in for my first cup of coffee again, too. Yay! For those who are counting, 26 days until June 25. Which is the day a few of us arrive. B-) Did I note that there are only 26 more days until the party starts? :D :D :D edit cuz not only can I not speel, I can't count.

JimInPA
JimInPA

Great job ladies as always and I promise to send in an answer to the QOTW. Your humble servant Jimmy-Jam

Jellimonsta
Jellimonsta

Great job as usual Soni. Those hamster posing photos are hilarious. :D Don't let Col see you can't quite get HAL9000 out. He may suggest you go in for maintenance too. :0 Keep em' coming.

jdclyde
jdclyde

Normally I don't get to check this out until after I get home because of the normal mid-morning posting time. What a grand start to my day! Thanks Soni! :x

Wizard-09
Wizard-09

I got the new pen, it's the only pen I use now. I was forever losing pen's but I have held onto this one for about a week now, another great show to pass a friday afternoon.

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

This is the last TR Out Loud video for May, and that means June and the TR Community Event is right around the corner! I'd love to get an official count, so if you're planning to attend the Event, please shoot me an e-mail -- trol [at] techrepublic [dot] com -- that is, if you haven't confirmed with me already. Also, I need some TR community participation for next week's show! Please send me some goods (photos, questions, etc) to the e-mail addy listed above. Enjoy the video, have a great weekend, and I'll be back with another episode of TROLOV next week!

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Sonja needs a Service. :D I hope not because I'm [b]NICE[/b] and would never say something like that, unlike Scummy. :D Col 0:-)

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

there is nothing much going on here when I first find it. When I found it today, there were already a dozen posts :D I am not all alone here today :D

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

really, do you need to advertise yourself as a troll "...please shoot me an e-mail -- trol..." I like TROLOV as it sounds like a neat Russian name - I can just hear their mother, "Trolov, come here and get your dinner, now."

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Will you be leaving equally early on a Friday afternoon?

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

failed! You still need to dock for maintenance Just a helpful tip

jdclyde
jdclyde

I don't spend my Friday morning sitting in front of my PC repeatedly hitting "F5"..... ;\

OH Smeg
OH Smeg

Generally it's closer to 11.00 PM before it gets posted. :0 Col

Wizard-09
Wizard-09

I have lunch to take still, thats around an hours time, takes me to 2.30 so only another 4 hours to hold out please let the network crash so i can go back to my job lol (Joke)

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

I can hear Mother now, "Sonja... TROLOV... you both are MUCH better than that other silly video site!"

jdclyde
jdclyde

it has been a long time since you have been "nasty"....... :0

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Niceness do you. :^0 Not everyone can be nasty like you are Scummy. :p Col 0:-)

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

so they list it that way. I'll have to get in and update my own web site with it. Will post a link when I do. In the meantime, send me a PM with an email and you preference of html or PDF and I'll send it to you. It can also be got from lulu.com as a PDF for a couple of bucks or as a book for several more for printing costs.

The 'G-Man.'
The 'G-Man.'

Adult Themes, Pornography So no dice here!

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

I think I best see about some sleep. I'll check my mails if I get up during the night. In the meantime, try reading Rough Diamond from the link on the other page - it's an action story.

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

I've sent you a PM asking for a more normal email address to send it to, it also has some links to other stories in it, like http://www.asstr.org/~ebywater/Rough_Diamond.html Rough Diamond An Australian schoolboy discovers he can move small objects with his mind. His family moves to Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA and he uses his special skill to 'win' money at casinos. His exceptional skills at winning bring him some unwanted attention from some people, including the Department of Homeland Security. He objects to their actions and soon a state of war exists between his family and the DHS (and the people behind them). The odds are heavily in favour of one side - but which side? Over 55,0000 words. Written April 2009. ..... If you think I'm proud of this one, you'd be right. It's good enough to sell, but I'm giving it away free.

Wizard-09
Wizard-09

Send me a story, I'm losing my mind :)

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

"Hang on mate, we'll help you." Will it help if I send you a short story to read? Maybe one about IT?

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

it seems like I do. I knows yous a joking, and Isa joking back, and front, and sideways. I sa never can take a joke as theys dunna fit in my bag to carry them. (see if you can work out the accent and dialogue from the text - hint read it out)

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

Hang in there! I'll be tuned in to this channel all day long if you need a place to vent!

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

I get the weekly newsletter, you can get it free. Or you can look at a wider selection at Groxx.com

Wizard-09
Wizard-09

Like this is turning out to be a good day after all, I'm stuck at reception today covering for someone don't really like it but i have TR to help me :)

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

I gave you the ones that Deadly Ernest just lost. (heehee :D )

Wizard-09
Wizard-09

At the layout of the site and closed it straight away TROLOV rocks :)

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Until June 25. :D Bah! Great segue.

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