In this TROLOV — that’s TR Out Loud on Video — Sonja Thompson breaks out the Flip video and tries her hand at stick figure animation. This episode also contains all the usual suspects, including the top discussions and most active members on the site. If you’re not a fan of video, you can choose to just listen to the audio file.

Top discussion threads:

  1. If the Internet was a nation, who would be its president?
  2. Woman sues to have name of anonymous web poster revealed
  3. Masking passwords: Why it’s not a good idea
  4. IT professionals will not drop Windows XP quietly (if ever)
  5. Video: TR Community Event download and shout outs compilation

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

  1. OH Smeg (11 thumbs)
  2. The Scummy One and Jacky Howe (10 thumbs)
  3. shasca (9 thumbs)
  4. CG IT (7 thumbs)
  5. seanferd (4 thumbs)

Most Comments in the TR Forums this week

  1. Deadly Ernest (239 posts)
  2. jdclyde (226 posts)
  3. santeewelding (166 posts)
  4. deepsand (147 posts)
  5. Palmetto (114 posts)

TR Member participation

Thanks to Jason, The Scummy One, shasca, BFilmFan, Hal 9000, Bizzo, KSoniat, and fredeppy for participating in this episode of TROLOV. Also thanks to abs54 for the great e-mail. These folks are eligible for some free swag!

Last week’s Question of the Week by jdclyde was: “When you go on vacation, do you take technology with you?”

Hal 9000: “I haven’t had a holiday in as long as I can remember, but when I take off for a couple of days, I most certainly do take technology with me, because I rely on it to get me where I need to be, when I need to be there, and much more importantly, to get me home again.”

NickNielsen’s Questions of the Week was, “If you aren’t going to be in Louisville for the Event, what are your plans for that weekend?”

Bizzo, “My plans for the week involve a tent, copious amounts of beer, and a lot of live music. Yes, I’ll be at Glastonbury again for the festival. The weather forecast is good, so it’ll be shorts instead of wellies, I hope!”

KSoniat was in charge of a register at Park Seed’s large annual event called “Flower Day,” where they gave garden tours, had master gardeners on site, and sold plants / flowers / bulbs, etc.

Jacky Howe’s Questions of the Week was, “When will My Workspace stop misbehaving? Any predictions?”

Bizzo had the best “e-mailed” reply: “Never. It’s not a bug, it’s an undocumented feature!”

A new Question of the Week was sent in by KSoniat, but it’s directed just to the TR members who attended the Community Event in Louisville, Kentucky. She wants to know, of all the board games that were mentioned beforehand: “What did you play? Who played? And who won?” For the TR members who were at the gathering, please send your answers to all of these questions to trol at
Voice messages, e-mails, and photos = swag
If you’d like to earn some free TR swag, send in an e-mail with an answer to the Question of the Week, a brand new Question of the Week, comments, and/or photos to trol at You can also leave a voice message — our toll free number is (866) 414-CNET (2638) and our Skype ID is tr.out.loud.

We have lots and lots of swag. If you’d like a complete listing, shoot me an e-mail, and I’ll send a reply.