TROLOV (TR Out Loud on Video) is back yet again to recap some of the community highlights over the past week. If you missed all the action, this episode will give you the juicy — and the not so juicy — details. Can’t watch the video? Fear not. You can still listen to the audio file.

Top discussion threads:

  1. Sanity check: Is the U.S. shooting itself in the foot by limiting H1B visas?
  2. Why would anyone choose Windows over Linux?
  3. Is your boss a dictator?
  4. Do certifications help IT consultants attract business?
  5. Off-topic chatter

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

No data this week… 🙁

Most Comments in the TR Forums this week?

  1. boxfiddler (265 posts)
  2. NickNielson (217 posts)
  3. Peconet Tietokoneet (194 posts)
  4. jdclyde (167 posts)
  5. Neon Samurai (143 posts)

Voice messages, e-mails, and photos = swag

Many thanks to CG IT, Jack Howe, Bizzo, Hal 9000, jdclyde, and The Scummy One for sending in e-mails or voice messages for this week’s show, including answers to GG’s (our own gadgetgirl) Question of the Week: “What are your hobbies outside of computers?” and Hal 9000’s Question of the Week: “What’s your favorite place to be? – or – Where’s your favorite place for a vacation?”

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

And a special, special, special thanks to the TR members who either 1) didn’t participate in the “Off-topic chatter” post or 2) remained level-headed and commented without using extreme profanity, personal attacks, and/or insults.

This week’s Question of the Week was inadvertently submitted by Bizzo: “Do you think these two members — PJTIPS-22358776250307586412157057903266 and dr_evil — are actually the same people?”

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 (note that several CD-ROMs have been added below):

  • 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)


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