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Video: TR Out Loud - November 14, 2008

TechRepublic's Sonja Thompson suffers through pesky allergies to bring your this week's TROLOV -- that's TR Out Loud on Video -- which highlights the top discussions and members on the boards.

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TechRepublic's Sonja Thompson suffers through pesky allergies to bring your this week's TROLOV -- that's TR Out Loud on Video -- which highlights the top discussions and members on the boards. 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. Video: TR Out Loud - November 7, 2008
  2. Geek Trivia: The Altered States of America
  3. Name the key factor driving your voting decision
  4. Quelling interview conspiracy theories
  5. Boneheaded mistakes... we all make them! Share yours.

Be sure to check out the TR Member pet pics and the TR Member tattoo pics galleries. Oh, and I still need photos of TR members in costumes so that I can create this fun gallery on the site. Send me your photos.

Just in case you missed it, here is another TR Out Loud post/podcast from this past week:

Most “Thumbs Up” in the TR Questions arena over the past two weeks?

  1. Jacky Howe (23 thumbs)
  2. OH Smeg (16 thumbs)
  3. bwilmot, CaptBilly1Eye, and ThumbsUp2 (6 thumbs)
  4. neilb (5 thumbs)
  5. jimmy-jam, boxfiddler, and cmiller5400 (4 thumbs)
Most Comments in the TR Forums this week?

  1. jdclyde (246 posts)
  2. OH Smeg (136 posts)
  3. Palmetto (117 posts)
  4. Jacky Howe (105 posts)
  5. The Scummy One (95 posts)
Voice messages, e-mails, and photos = swag Many thanks to CG IT, Jacky Howe, jdclyde, CaptBilly1Eye, Jellimonsta, Hal 9000, jamesski, jimmy-jam, and bjenning59 for participating in this week's show. If I mentioned your name on TROLOV, send your mailing address and swag item of choice to trol at cnet.com.

We received a few more answers to last week's Question(s) of the Week, submitted by w2ktechman: "What percentage of new questions get answered?” AND “What is the average time it takes for a question to receive its first answer?” Here is the official answer that I received from one of TR's engineering guys:

  • In the last 30 days, 1,473 Questions have been asked... 311 are unanswered, which = approximately 78%
  • In the last 60 days, 2,991 Questions have been asked... 598 are unanswered, which = approximately 80%
  • In the last 90 days, 4,507 Questions have been asked... 891 are unanswered, which = approximately 80%
This week's "Who is the TR member?" photo is of a lovable lad who has not yet taken the TR Member Spotlight. Do you know who it is? Send your guess to trol at cnet.com.

Please also send in a new Question of the Week, comments, photos, small video clips, or voice message! Our toll free number is (866)-414-CNET (2638); and our Skype ID is tr.out.loud.

If you participate, I'll send you some swag! We have lots of mugs, shirts, lanyards, stress balls, pens, toolkits, frisbees, disposable cameras, etc. -- plus the following list of premium products:

Workbook with CD-ROM

  • Windows NT/2000 Network Administrator Resource Guide, Volume 2
  • Microsoft Access Resource Guide
  • PC User's Troubleshooting Guide
  • IT Professional's Guide to Project Management, Volume 2
  • IT Security Survival Guide, Volume 1 and Volume 2
  • Visual Basic Resource Guide
  • Administrator's Guide to Windows Server 2003
  • Disaster Planning and Recovery, Volume 1 and Volume 2

CD-ROMs:

  • Fast Track: SAMS Teach Yourself PHP, MySQL, and Apache All in One
  • Fast Track: Dreamweaver 8
  • Fast Track: Visio 2000/2002
  • Fast Track: Project Management
  • Fast Track: HTML
  • Fast Track: Quickbooks
  • Building .NET Solutions
  • IIS Resource Guide
  • Developer’s Guide to Web Services
  • Fast Track: IT Help Desk Survival Guide, Third Edition
  • Fast Track: Linux Network and Systems Administration
  • Fast Track: Linux Apache Web Server and Workstation Management
  • Fast Track: Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure and Design
  • Fast Track: Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices v2.1
  • Fast Track: Microsoft Project 2003/2002/2000
  • Fast Track: Microsoft Project 98/2000/2002
  • Fast Track: Microsoft SQL Server 7.0/2000
  • Fast Track: Microsoft Word 97/2000/XP
  • Fast Track: Microsoft Access 97/2000/XP
  • Fast Track: Microsoft Access 2003
  • Fast Track: Microsoft Excel 97/2000/XP
  • Fast Track: Microsoft Excel 2003
  • Administrator's Guide to Active Directory
  • IT Manager’s Tool Kit, Volume 2 and Volume 3
  • IT Manager’s Financial Tool Kit
  • IT Manager’s Hiring Tool Kit
  • Network Administrator’s Tool Kit
  • Network Administrator's Resource Guide
  • Network Administrator's Security Resource Guide
  • Wireless Networking Tool Kit
  • IT Consultant’s Tool Kit, Volume 1 and Volume 2
  • IT Help Desk Survival Guide, Volume 2
  • Support Professional's User Administration Tool Kit
  • PC Troubleshooting Tool Kit
  • IT Professional's Guide to E-mail Administration
  • IT Professional's Guide to Microsoft Certification
  • IT Professional's Guide to Data Storage Design and Management
  • IT Professional's Guide to Policies and Procedures, 2nd Edition
  • Securing Your Enterprise: A Guide to Network Threat Management
  • Handling Internet Security Threats
  • IT Policy Risk Assessment
  • Risk Management Tool Kit for Project Managers
  • Small Office Took Kit
  • Small Office IT Policies
  • Home and Small Office Tool Kit
  • Windows 2000 Network Administration
  • Windows 2000 Server Resource Guide
  • Windows Server 2003 Migration Tool Kit
  • Windows Desktop Support Resource Guide
  • Desktop Support Resource Guide
  • Microsoft SQL Server Resource Guide
  • IT Vendor Management Tool Kit
  • Essential IT Forms
  • Landing Your Next IT Job
  • Managing Government Projects
  • Managing Effective Teams
  • TechMails Tech Tips for Windows Administrators (NT, 2000 Pro, and 2000 Server)
  • Tech Tips for Exchange Administrators,  1st and 2nd Edition
  • Tech Tips for Outlook Support, 1st and 2nd Edition
  • Tech Tips for Windows XP Professional, 1st and 2nd Edition

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.

63 comments
boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Thanks so much for these. I do enjoy them. bjennings, Fiona is just gorgeous. Glam shot indeed. The costumes bit was fun, JD even looked like he was missing his brain! :D :D :D You still owe me mugs. :D Waiting for the next one...

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Look at Oh Smeg it posts 136 times in an attempt to answer questions and only gets 16 thumbs awarded to it. Shows how unhelpful it really is and knows nothing. It probably posted all of those 136 responses to 1 question and out of desperation the poor sod who asked the question started handing out thumbs to get rid of it. :D Thanks for the figures TR as it proves my point completely now what can be done to get rid of this clown. It posts only to questions with just the occasional post in the Discussions that I have seen. I think it is doing this to get recognition that it doesn???t deserve. :p Sonja sorry to hear about the allergies but you simply have to come into work top feed our addiction to TROL after all you are the one responsible for creating this addiction of the TR Peers so it???s only fair that you have to continue coming into work to feed us all or there might be a revolt and the Lunnies take over the Asylum. :^0 Col ]:)

CaptBilly1Eye
CaptBilly1Eye

I really wasn't expecting anything, Sonja. But if you insist... :-) Thanks! I hope you feel better! Great TROLOV as usual. Friday wouldn't be the same without it!

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

And Tammy, you can have [u]all[/u] of my peer spam.

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

I am glad that you decided to soldier on Sonja and I feel for anyone else that has to suffer from allergies. I really appreciate your effort. ;) Tammy you need a tissue and a cuddle. Come over here...............HUG. :D That was a big HUG. ;) CG IT I look forward to your video clips keep em commin. I don't understand why you people don't have more accidents driving on the wrong side of the roads. It's like everyone just moves over to avoid each other. :p Thanks to everone else for sharing with us as well. Gory stuff JD. :D "The Sheilas think I'm handsome, their fathers think I'm mad, their mothers think I'm a villain but I'm just a ........ ..."

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

2x in the last minute:D The TR link first stated that I was the Lucky Winner of the Day, a refresh showed that I was the Luck 999,999th visitor. This is 2 days in a row :D I won about 870 times yesterday :D

JimInPA
JimInPA

Very nice job as usual. Sorry to hear about the allergies. Mine are so bad I literally cannot leave the house during the month of May. Tree pollen blows... in the breeze I mean ;)

Tig2
Tig2

That I need to get off my lazy tail and send in new pics. I have a few but they are still being held hostage by the camera. Some will be rather appropo. Another great show from two of my favorite people. Keep them coming! P.S. Note to self- I want to post enough to make the top five! Must post more!

Jellimonsta
Jellimonsta

Another fine job Soni. No need to make a song and dance about the TR Community News Letter. :p Hope you feel better soon. :)

OldER Mycroft
OldER Mycroft

The player is now slick, has a professional feel to it and that 'other episodes' bit at the end is becoming commercial in it's presentation. Well done! But who is that mousey little chick that pops up halfway through, always moaning and seemingly always out of focus?

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

BLUE??? JD, You can guess better than that -- wait, the brain was removed -- I guess we understand That is pretty steady stats there. I would have guessed around 90% and 10 min myself. Congrats to those answering. I bet if the BS questions were removed, it would be quite higher than 80% average

jdclyde
jdclyde

And no, no "woo woo"..... :0 I suppose you didn't remove invalid questions (password hacks) from your totals, huh? Hope your feeling better soon. jd

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

[i]...JD even looked like he was missing his brain![/i] I thought he [u]was[/u] missing his brain! :p

Jellimonsta
Jellimonsta

I never would have called you a winner. :p ;\

BFilmFan
BFilmFan

Last time I asked a woman for one of those, I got a slap slap.

tcavadias
tcavadias Staff

..one number per comment... have you up there in the tops within 15 minutes flat... well ok maybe in a day but who's counting! ;) :p -Tammy :-)

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

Steffi's pole moved and installed in your house?? I think that should increase your post count :0 :^0

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

the new player -- AND that I have to click the play button before it plays. As for the chick -- hmmm, are you seeing baby ducks complaining, or baby chickens??? :^0

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

than that. If that bloke would stop posting to the same question it would even help. :p

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Was referring to the type of movies you where watching just before you posted right? :p As for one very rich customer of mine who owns the place that I do some work for he came to me one day complaining that the Work Popups where getting in the way of his Porn. When I looked at the NB in question there where lots of Porn Popups but I didn't see a single work related one. I have to wonder exactly what he was getting at there. :0 But I think Richard and you would get on like a House on Fire. He also parks a Big Excavator on nonworking computers as he says it makes him feel better. Personally I think it is his form of [b]Aversion Therapy[/b] for the Computers if they don't work with his I Pod he kills em quick smart. :D I'm getting very good with I Pods now and I only have one customer who uses them. :^0 Col ]:)

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

do get posted to regularly, just not usually answered...

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

Blue -- it really was in his hands. I wonder who he donated it to -- Science wouldnt want it :0

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

This time a Quick -- Click Here winner :D What -- You dont think I am a winner?? :( ok, howabout a Loser Opposite?

Tig2
Tig2

WOO WOO!!! No slap slap either! :x

JimInPA
JimInPA

when you post it as opposed to saying it in person ;)

Tig2
Tig2

I would have thought that would get me the e-boot. I want to be chatty, not missing in action!

Tig2
Tig2

You and your little dog too!

BFilmFan
BFilmFan

Like Brian Harnois (who was on those Ghost Hunters shows) says, "Dude, Run!" Do that before Jason and Grant show up wanting to talk to you on a tape recorder!

jdclyde
jdclyde

they get an answer, just not the one they are looking for..... ;\

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

The Scientists got Federal Funding to research this possibly very expensive issue. If it is a proven case then Show Tunes are affecting a large % of the population and this is a Horrendously Expensive issue that needs sorting Immediately. :D You know it's just as important as the Studies that have been undertaken to see if females who retain seminal fluid suffer from Depression as much as those that do not. Or if the oral ingestion of seminal fluid has the same effect as the Virginal ingestion of seminal fluid. It's now a proven fact that depressed females need to indulge in sexual activity and not take any steps to prevent the deposit of seminal fluid. Probably not what you want to hear when you are told that your 6 year old daughter is depressed though. :0 See there are studies for all sorts of things. :^0 Actually that is one done by the drug companies and I'll give you 2 guesses what they want to develop from those results. :D Col ]:)

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

trying to act as scientists. Real scientists arent interested.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Actually Medical Science does want what is left of JD's Brain, they are currently studding the effect of Show Tunes to see if they should be Outlawed. :p So lets look at the train of Events JD Likes Show Tunes and as a result ends up going into IT Support. Yep a defiant proven case of Show Tunes destroying the brain [b]OUTLAW then Immediately.[/b] :D Col

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

No I only see 1 I'm discriminated against again. :_| But on the Up Side the 1 add pane is now blank. Apparently the people who advertise there are now bankrupt because that have had to give everything to The Scummy One. :p Now when do you pass on this income to your Treasurer? I'm waiting. B-) Col

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

they aer in the 2 ad areas stuck on TR's site (R. pane). they flip through a few ads and then start flashing that I won constantly. Do you see the 2 squares with the animated ads? they have the 'ad feedback' link above it. That is where these popup -- currently it is showing me a PayPal business ad, but every few minutes it is 1 of 4 amusing 'you won' ads. 2 are the same, with the exception of font and background. The other 2 are the same with the exception that 1 flashes, while the other vibrates :0 :^0

jdclyde
jdclyde

don't think I am seeing those ads. then again, I haven't really been paying a lot of attention to most things lately.....

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

wow, a hot streak. Do I have to click to get my prizes???

jdclyde
jdclyde

that has started recently. I must say, I will never do one of the surveys if it is requested via a pop-up. At least now that the election is over, all the Obama ads are gone.

Tig2
Tig2

Why wouldn't I WOO WOO you? I may just do it again! WOO WOO!!!

BFilmFan
BFilmFan

It made my weekend complete to have been woo wooed by Tiggie.

Tig2
Tig2

We will be driving nearly straight through so I doubt that I will get much on the road. I know that we will take pictures while we are there. We've even talked about going to Disneyland one day (not in the park, just the area around it) to get pictures (and possibly a stuffed Tigger). The trip home will be a bit longer as I want to visit my Uncle Frank's grave. He is in a common grave at Jefferson Barracks. The good news is that will put me on a path to see Boxy. I promise to get pictures of everything I can. California will be delightfully warmer than MN, and while the reasons for the trip are difficult, I am hoping that it is a good time of reconnecting with my family.

jdclyde
jdclyde

will give a nice head count... ;\

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

We will require photos Tigg, as evidence. ;)

Tig2
Tig2

And I know where you live! Actually, I will be with my family in Southern California or I would be happy to seek you out. We just won't get the time to go north. I may be able to hunt down Santee on this trip. I know that I will be hunting down Boxy.

jdclyde
jdclyde

and you're a little dog too...... ;\

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