TR Out Loud on Video (TROLOV) is back in the studio for yet another weekly recap of the hottest discussions and members on the boards. The holidays are quickly approaching, and so we encourage the TR community to get into the spirit of the season by participating in the last few shows of 2008! 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. Rootkits: Is removing them even possible?
  2. 10 answers to your questions about botnets
  3. My five craziest e-mails
  4. 10 mistakes new Linux administrators make
  5. Another Night Before Christmas

Here are a few other links that you should check out:

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

  1. ThumbsUp2 (6 thumbs)
  2. OH Smeg and Jacky Howe (4 thumbs)
  3. cain1k and Tony Hopkinson (2 thumbs)

Most Comments in the TR Forums this week?

  1. boxfiddler (197 posts)
  2. Old Mycroft (139 posts)
  3. ThumbsUp2 (116 posts)
  4. Michael Kassner (109 posts)
  5. jdclyde (101 posts)

Voice messages, e-mails, and photos = swag

Many thanks to CG IT, Hal 9000, jdclyde, OnTheRopes, pgit, and all of the other members who sent in contributions for this week’s show. If I mentioned your name on TROLOV, send your mailing address and swag item of choice to trol at

Here are the responses to last week’s Question of the Week, submitted by TiggerTwo: “What features do you use TechRepublic for?”

CG IT: Well, I mostly use the social contact feature, which amounts to about 90% of my social contact for the week. Other than sending in really rough videos to Sonja, that’s about it. Oh, and I do follow Mike Kassner’s blogs on networking.

Hal 9000: I get a lot of enjoyment reading the answers submitted to my multiple questions on How to Crack NB Passwords, and they are always useful. I also try to keep up on the latest developments in IT that are announced on TR, so I try to look at most of the links in the newsletters sent out.

jdclyde: Discussions, some serious, many not. To find them, I primarily use the “Posts by my contacts” page. Questions, here or there, not not as much as before it went to tags instead of categories. Used to use the downloads, but haven’t checked that section out in a while.

OnTheRopes: Although not exactly a singular feature, I use TR to keep in touch with like-minded peers. Being relatively shut in, and now officially retired, TR allows me to have a sense of community that I wouldn’t get otherwise. True, some members think that making ‘friends’ online is just a bunch of hooey, but I know that I’ve made friends that I can and do count on in my personal life. To me, there’s nothing else like TR out there.

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 tons of swag to choose from — 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