This episode of TROLOV — that’s TR Out Loud on Video — captures some of the weekly highlights on TechRepublic, including the top discussions and most active 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. Dealing with cliques at work
  2. 10 reasons why Linux will triumph over Windows
  3. Google G1 phone: Does it know too much?
  4. Why do C# developers look down on VB.NET?
  5. Friday Nite Music – Valentine’s Music

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

  1. Jacky Howe and OH Smeg (15 thumbs)
  2. ThumbsUp2 and robo_dev (3 thumbs)
  3. Old Mycroft, —TK—, Nimmo, SinisterSlay, seanferd, and bwilmot (2 thumbs)

Most Comments in the TR Forums this week

  1. boxfiddler (214 posts)
  2. jdclyde (197 posts)
  3. OH Smeg (129 posts)
  4. SinisterSlay (124 posts)
  5. Jacky Howe (117 posts)

TR Member participation

Thanks to TR member jdclyde for starting a global game of tag via voice message. Tag him back, or tag another TR member of your choosing, by calling our toll free number: (866) 414-2638; or you can leave a voice message via Skype, and our Skype ID is tr.out.loud.

Last week’s Question of the Week, submitted by TR member betageek52 was: “Shouldn’t malware writers get real jobs?” I’d also added, “Would you hire/trust a malware writer?” Since we didn’t receive very many responses, this question will remain open for another week. PLEASE send your answers to trol at (Note the new mailing address! Yes, trol at will still work, but the new one just feels “right.”)

Also, thanks to TR member JamesRL for sending in a pic of Bijou and Talia, TR’s Pets of the Week.

Voice messages, e-mails, and photos = swag
If I mentioned your name on this episode of TROLOV, please send me your mailing address and swag item of choice. And if you want to earn some free TR swag, just send me an e-mail with an answer to the Question of the Week, a brand new Question of the Week, comments, photos, small videos, or even a voice message. Once again, our new e-mail address is trol at, our toll free number is (866)-414-CNET (2638), and our Skype ID is tr.out.loud.

We have lots and lots of swag — (new) 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


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  • Fast Track: Dreamweaver 8
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  • 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
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  • Wireless Networking Tool Kit
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  • IT Professional’s Guide to Microsoft Certification
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  • Windows Server 2003 Migration Tool Kit
  • Windows Desktop Support Resource Guide
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  • Landing Your Next IT Job
  • Managing Government Projects
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  • 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