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Video: TR Out Loud - May 8, 2009

In the seventh week before the TechRepublic Community Event, Sonja Thompson keeps the TR community up on the weekly happenings by highlighting the top discussions and members on the site.

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In the seventh week before the TechRepublic Community Event, Sonja Thompson keeps the TR community up on the weekly happenings by highlighting the top discussions and members on the site. 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 seriously annoying default configurations
  2. Sanity check: The two tides that are turning against Microsoft
  3. Interviewers: Don’t be afraid to go negative
  4. The USB Drive Adapter: no tool kit should be without one
  5. Geek Trivia: The 20 all-time favorite columns

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

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

  1. The Scummy One (22 thumbs)
  2. seanferd (18 thumbs)
  3. Jacky Howe (16 thumbs)
  4. shasca and OldER Mycroft (10 thumbs)
  5. boxfiddler and OH Smeg (6 thumbs)
Most Comments in the TR Forums this week

  1. seanferd (226 posts)
  2. The Scummy One (184 posts)
  3. jdclyde (125 posts)
  4. OldER Mycroft (115 posts)
  5. Jacky Howe (110 posts)
TR Member participation

Thanks to Angie, J. Ja, SKDTech, The Scummy One, OldER Mycroft, shasca, and LocoLobo for participating in this episode of TROLOV. These folks are eligible for some free swag!

Last week's Question of the Week was submitted by wthimmes: “Why can’t common management processes (such as editing reports, carrying out performance appraisals, etc.) be automated in this golden age of technology?” Here are a couple responses we received from the TR community:

SKDTech: “I would suggest that the reason for this is that we have yet to create an actual Artificial/Simulated Intelligence. Computers are great for crunching numbers, but intangibles are still beyond them. For instance, a computer can easily generate a report on help desk call times but is unable to properly evaluate the relative difficulty of the problem to skill level of the people on either end of the line. And to address the other specific example, most performance appraisals of personnel that I have experienced involve fairly equal amounts of hard statistics/facts and intangibles such as customer service and teamwork.”

The Scummy One: "If all of the management tasks were automated, there would be so little need for managers. They are scared of this happening, so they are not looking to technology for help in these areas."

If you have a question that you'd like to see answered by your TR peers in an upcoming Question of the Week, please send it to trol at techrepublic.com. Voice messages, e-mails, and photos = swag To earn some free TR goodies, just send me 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.

52 comments
HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Fair question isn't it? :p But I'm back now and had the Internet connected for all of 5 minutes before posting to TR so I must have been suffering Withdrawl. :) Col 0:-)

jdclyde
jdclyde

How much of the move is complete? How long before SWMBO makes you get off that recently connected internet connect to serve her needs? :p

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Well it's like this I'm in the process of Unpacking just the Lab and things don't look too great. I've run out of room already and even though I have more space and shelving I don't have as much in this room as I had in the last. :( I've spent the day going through and throwing out old Papers and the like and now I now know that I'm further behind than I ever was and I have still to find those Waste Toner Cartridges that I lost in the move before this one. :_| Though I have found a lot of the M$ guff that is partially useful. ?:| But currently [b]SWMBO[/b] s cracking the whip and making me work way too [b]HARD.[/b] :-q Not only am I trying to catch up on what I've been unable to do during the move but I'm also called in to Unpack. The Inhumanity of it all. ;) Col

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

looking to replace SWMBO???? :0 :0

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

you are on the pedastal that I look up to :x Splurted :0 :0 ok, here are some wipes. Do I dare ask who was the splurtee :0 :^0 Did he get upset ?:| You may need Xtra powerful wipes for that -- sending them now

gadgetgirl
gadgetgirl

and I'm the Lowly High Priestess. Nice catch. Excellent, in fact. but you owe me screen wipes: I splurted...! :p GG

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

Hmmm, I dont think so, you werent gone long enough, unless you used Dummy's Speedy maintenance services. In that case, there will be more problems than fixes :0

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

And I did place an Order for You to be [b]Well Serviced.[/b] Just to make you happy I chose Big Joe the Muscley Personal Trainer who arrives at your door dressed only in Pink Running Shoes and with a sigh around his neck that reads [b][i]If I can catch you YOUR MINE to do with as I please.[/b][/i] :^0 I hope you can continue to run for more that 35 miles as that is Joe's minimum distance that is is unwilling to chase beyond. :D All I can say is that after you are caught by [b]Big Joe[/b] you may find it hard to remain as Anally Retentive as you are now. :p Col 0:-)

gadgetgirl
gadgetgirl

watcha lookin' 'ere for, den? GG

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

I did see some horses on a screen, Velcro, Loco Lobo and Bump, what a dog. What are you feeding it? The Invisible Man. :D We're even Tammy v/ Hey Sonja ever thought of doing Ventriloquism?

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

the happy birthday wishes in this thread. I appreciate it. ;-)

OldER Mycroft
OldER Mycroft

Surely someone, with little else to do up there at TR Towers, has been catalogueing all these Funnies? Another great production Sonja. If I didn't know better I'd think you were a professional. :D

Justin James
Justin James

It's a slight compliment that no one guessed it was me in that picture. :)

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

I didnt figure you for a Motley Crue headbanger. It is all starting to make sense now :D Edit due to keyboard with a mind of it's own (I AM pressing the right keys in sequence)

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

[i](I AM pressing the right keys in sequence)[/i] You might want to check out what's happening on the left keys... :D

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

After all, don't you already surf the web one-handed? :0 ;\ ]:)

Jaqui
Jaqui

double check the sequence being used. ]:)

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

So that's been my problem all along.... I guess I gotta start using 1 hand to type, then I can watch all of the keys

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Got the day off, so I can actually watch TROL on the same day it's posted! There's a first time for everything! Bloop, bloop, bloop? C'mon, Sonja, I know you can talk, I've seen you do it.

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

speaking issues can happen with loss of oxygen. I guess HALs sensors were out of whack for a bit. Another good one -- this means IT's Finally Friday -- YAY I'll send in another question in a bit. JJ -- Hmmm -- not likely to have guessed that one! Happy B'Day Jason How the heck did I get 22 t-ups?? HAL will fry more circuits if he sees that :^0 That is hilarious -- Jacky got marked as SPAM -- :^0 :^0 -- whod'a thunk :^0

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Sent to that place without Oxygen. :^0 But I'm back to keep Scummy straighter than he is usually [i]when I'm not around.[/i] :D Col

jdclyde
jdclyde

two words not said together at his local truck stop..... :0

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

the day that we used it in the FlapJacks instead of Corned meat. I suppose that there is a first time for everything. Sigh!

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

"I suppose that there is a first time for everything. Sigh! " Or I'm gonna be forced to mark it as SPAM :^0

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

Really!!! We do NOT wanna know about you and corned meat :0 :0 :0

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

I knew I should have waited until I had some corned meat. :D

shasca
shasca

It seems as tho you have become JD's thumbitch. Wow a whole new low. :( :( :(

Jellimonsta
Jellimonsta

Great job as usual Soni. How many Scummy questions did we have on the site that Scummy got 22 thumbs? :0 Why do you need member participation? You can provide all the vids and pics yourself by the look of it. ;) :p Remember, no beer before filming!! :p :) Keep em comin. :)

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

I think MORE Beer before filming is needed!!! And Beer before editing ?:| might get some really strange/cool/hilarious/borderline legal films :D

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

For some reason, I couldn't talk this past week, but I managed to squeeze out almost 10 minutes of comprehensible weekly highlights. Just in case you're not keeping track, there are seven weeks to go until the TechRepublic Community Event! I hope everyone enjoys the show, and I REALLY hope more people send me stuff for next week's TROLOV. :D

jdclyde
jdclyde

what a day.... :( JJ, who would have thunk is? I had started to say last week that it wasn't me, but then edited it out quickly. No sense tipping people off, right? ;\ hippobirdies to Jason? yeah! :D And yeah, looks like Scummy has a new name! :^0

KSoniat
KSoniat

Soni; Good job as always - no horses at Churchill Downs? Goodness! I'm addicted to the Friday TROLOV - didn't get to watch until later in the day - darn work interferes. :) Love the whole minute of outakes. I especially like how your office disappears.

BFilmFan
BFilmFan

Based on their performance, rumor has it they are enjoying a vacation at this secret location: http://www.strangefunkidz.com/images/content/120955.bmp

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

time moved faster. And ya didnt even appreciate it :( Just think, time will change again when on that airplane -- several times. Just remember where the liferafts are though, I think HAL has some plans to knock the plane outta the air :(

gadgetgirl
gadgetgirl

You only did that cos you're not going, so I can't slap you dafter when I get there.... ;) GG

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

Monday Morning at 6:41 AM Now it is 6:42 AM :^0 Ok, now since this is the Correct Time, check your clock. What time does it say? Gee -- I think time just jumped Just For You (and everyone else in another time zone)

gadgetgirl
gadgetgirl

now everyone knows why I'm a Bad Girl..... :p :D GG Someone please speed up this month, this is KILLING me!! :)

BFilmFan
BFilmFan

It is so much more fun to be the bad man, 'cause we don't have to follow the rules!

KSoniat
KSoniat

You are a bad man!! :O

shasca
shasca

I always get entertained and get a laugh form each new episode. Thanks again for doing these for us.

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

I have to admit that I enjoy these videos as well... even the frustrating blooper parts! Good grief, I had a hard time talking this week! And thanks to you, shasca, and the rest of the TR folks, who actually send me stuff for the show. ;)

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

Where is everyone???

tcavadias
tcavadias

We all went to the beach today! Sorry you weren't able to make it ;-) :p :D -Tammy [_]3

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