This is the final TROLOV (that’s TR Out Loud on Video) for 2008 — at least in its regular format. Find out what discussions and members were hawt on the boards over the past week, plus see what the TR Out Loud blog has in store for the TR community for the remainder of the year. 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. Stop unfairly comparing Vista to its predecessor and its successor
  2. How do I… Tweak Windows Explorer to open in a directory of my choosing
  3. 10 classic clueless-user stories
  4. The five most important IT trends of 2008
  5. MS08-067: Not updating has created a monster botnet
  6. Friday Nite Music: Party Music

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

  1. OH Smeg (13 thumbs)
  2. Jacky Howe and bwilmot (6 thumbs)
  3. 1bn0 and larry (4 thumbs)
  4. ThumbsUp2, neilb, TK, and Forum Surfer (2 thumbs)

Most Comments in the TR Forums this week?

  1. jdclyde (280 posts)
  2. boxfiddler (166 posts)
  3. Palmetto (145 posts)
  4. NickNielson (139 posts)
  5. OH Smeg (127 posts)

Voice messages, e-mails, and photos = swag

Many thanks to CG IT, iconoclastic, Hal 9000, and mmangan for sending in contributions for this week’s show. Also, thanks to Jim (I look forward to your weekly e-mail!) and S!ick for sending in comments/questions. If I mentioned your name on TROLOV, send your mailing address and swag item of choice to trol at
Here’s this week’s Question of the Week, submitted by Hal 9000: “What’s your least favorite IT job, task, or responsibility?” I’ll keep this question open for an ENTIRE MONTH, which means I should receive a lot of responses. Please don’t let me down. Send your answers to trol at

To earn some free TR swag, just participate in the show! You can send in a new Question of the Week, an answer to the Question of the Week, comments, photos, or even a voice message. Our toll free number is (866)-414-CNET (2638); and our Skype ID is tr.out.loud.

We have lots of swag — 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


  • 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