It was another action-packed week at TechRepublic, and this week’s TR Out Loud on Video (TROLOV) 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.

Top discussion threads:

  1. Who lies more on resumes?
  2. Advice to twentysomethings: Hiring managers don’t want your text messages
  3. Sanity check: Five things that suck about working in IT
  4. Why would anyone choose Linux when they already have Windows?
  5. Who turned the WCTU blue noses loose on TR? Are we to be censored now???
  6. Coloring inside the lines- the TR Terms and Conditions

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

  1. Jacky Howe and Peconet Tietokoneet (19 thumbs)
  2. OH Smeg (12 thumbs)
  3. The ‘G-Man’ (10 thumbs)
  4. seanferd and bwilmot (7 thumbs)
  5. ThumbsUp2 (6 thumbs)

Most Comments in the TR Forums this week?

  1. boxfiddler (425 posts)
  2. NickNielson (387 posts)
  3. The Scummy One (190 posts)
  4. OnTheRopes (159 posts)
  5. Neon Samurai (140 posts)

Voice messages, e-mails, and photos = swag

Many thanks to CG IT, Half, Hal 9000, and Toni for sending in e-mails or voice messages for this week’s show, including Hal 9000’s Mystery Object of the Week. Look at the picture, and then submit your answers to TROL at
We also have some special swag for the first TR member who sends me an e-mail or voice message for next week’s show — oh, but only the members who haven’t received swag in the last year are eligible. 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 you have received goodies from us in the past year, we still want you to participate. We have lots of free stuff to give away, including mugs, shirts, toolkits, frisbees, disposable cameras, and the following lists 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)


  • Fast Track: SAMS Teach Yourself PHP, MySQL, and Apache All in One
  • Fast Track: Dreamweaver 8
  • Fast Track: Project Management
  • Fast Track: HTML
  • Fast Track: IT Help Desk Survival Guide, Third Edition
  • 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 2003
  • Fast Track: Microsoft Excel 2003
  • Fast Track: Microsoft Excel 97/2000/XP
  • TechMails Tech Tips for Windows Administrators (NO, 2000 Pro, and 2000 Server)
  • IT Manager’s Tool Kit, Volume 2
  • Network Administrator’s Tool Kit
  • IT Consultant’s Tool Kit
  • IT Consultant’s Tool Kit, Volume 2
  • IT Help Desk Survival Guide, Volume 2
  • Small Office Took Kit
  • Tech Tips for Exchange Administrators, Second Edition
  • Tech Tips for Outlook Support, Second Edition
  • Tech Tips for Windows XP Professional
  • IT Vendor Management Tool Kit
  • Essential IT Forms
  • Linux Network and Systems Administration
  • Landing Your Next IT Job
  • Developer’s Guide to Web Services
  • Building .NET Solutions

Many condolences to TiggerTwo, whose mother passed away this week. Tig, you’re in our thoughts and prayers.