It’s pink, it’s cute, and it’s the special guest on this episode of TROLOV (TR Out Loud on Video). Take a peek as we recap this past week at TechRepublic, including 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.

Top discussion threads:

  1. Poll: How did you learn to program?
  2. Vista’s recommended system requirements were not realistic
  3. Can an employee be too nice?
  4. What does Linux do that Windows can’t?
  5. Friday Nite Music – Flashback Through the 60’s…
  6. To all my GREAT TR peers – you guys are GREAT!
  7. Avatars For Use — Tiggers 3-Day — Get em while they last

For more information on how to help TiggerTwo reach her 3-Day fundraising goals, visit

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

  1. Jacky Howe (13 thumbs)
  2. Peconet Tietokoneet (11 thumbs)
  3. OH Smeg (8 thumbs)
  4. Old Mycroft (6 thumbs)
  5. Bizzo (5 thumbs)

Most Comments in the TR Forums this week?

  1. boxfiddler (355 posts)
  2. Peconet Tietokoneet (174 posts)
  3. NickNielson (159 posts)
  4. Jacky Howe (150 posts)
  5. seanferd (98 posts)

Voice messages, e-mails, and photos = swag

Many thanks to boxfiddler, Old Mycroft, Jack Howe, Chris, jdclyde, GG, and Steve for sending in e-mails or voice messages for this week’s show, including an answer to CG IT’s Question of the Week: “What are your hobbies outside of computers?” and Hal 9000’s Question of the Week: “What do you do to try to keep up with new technological developments and retain a full-time job?”

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

This week’s Question of the Week was submitted by GG (our own gadgetgirl): “What’s your favorite place to be? – or – Where’s your favorite place for a vacation?”

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). You can also leave a message via Skype, and our Skype ID is tr.out.loud.

If I feature your submission on the show, you’re eligible for free TR swag, which includes 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)