After some technical difficulties in the studio, TechRepublic’s Sonja Thompson, Toni Bowers, and Jason Hiner put together one heck of a show. Find out what discussions and members topped the charts on the site this week, plus the extent of community participation for TROLOV. If you’re not a fan of video (sorry about the Flash, Jaqui), you can choose to just listen to the audio file.

Top discussion threads:

  1. What’s the worst job in the world?
  2. IT: Ending the whining
  3. Harassed for attempting to transition from employee to consultant
  4. Video: TR Out Loud – July 25, 2008
  5. a. Would anyone mind terribly if we had an ‘unofficial’ FNM?
    b. Are Techies living on mars?

Most “Thumbs Up” in the TR Questions arena this week?

  1. OH Smeg (13 thumbs)
  2. True Blue (12 thumbs)
  3. Peconet Tietokoneet and NetMan1958 (7 thumbs)
  4. The Chas, bwilmot, and Choppit (3 thumbs)
  5. Old Mycroft, Churdoo, ThumbsUp2, Dumphrey, boxfiddler, and  Jellimonsta (2 thumbs)

Most Comments in the TR Forums this week?

  1. boxfiddler (262 posts)
  2. jdclyde (202 posts)
  3. Peconet Tietokoneet (162 posts)
  4. w2ktechman (154 posts)
  5. True Blue (142 posts)

Voice messages, e-mails, and photos = swag

Many thanks to CG IT, GSG, and Ceespace for sending in photos, voice messages, or answers to Jellimonsta’s Question of the Week: “What is the one technology or product that you are hoping to implement this year, even if you’ve already been turned down for the budget?”

Also, special thanks to for cool t-shirts to wear on the show!

This week’s Question of the Week was submitted by CG IT: “What are your hobbies outside of computers?”

Send all comments, questions, photos, and video clips to TROL at To leave a voice message, call our toll free number is (866)-414-CNET (2638). If you’re an International TR member, our Skype ID for voice messages is tr.out.loud.

One of the easiest ways to get TR swag is to participate in TROLOV. 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)
  • 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)