This week’s TROLOV — that’s TR Out Loud on Video — captures some insight from Jason Hiner and Toni Bowers about two of the top discussions of the week; plus the other staple ingredients: top members, Tammy’s Spam Buster report, and community participation. If you’re not a fan of video, you can choose to just listen to the audio file.

Top discussion threads:

  1. Google Chrome OS: 3 reasons it matters, and 4 reasons it’s irrelevant
  2. Poll: What’s your ‘geek look?’
  3. 10 boring phrases you should cut from your resume
  4. Is billing by the hour unethical?
  5. Video: TR Out Loud – July 10, 2009

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

  1. CG IT (11 thumbs)
  2. SinisterSlay and OH Smeg (8 thumbs)
  3. OldER Mycroft (6 thumbs)
  4. shasca (5 thumbs)
  5. Jacky Howe (4 thumbs)

Most Comments in the TR Forums this week

  1. Palmetto (124 posts)
  2. Deadly Ernest (126 posts)
  3. jdclyde (141 posts)
  4. OldER Mycroft (178 posts)
  5. santeewelding (235 posts)

TR Member participation

Thanks to ghunter591, catworld, Datacommguy, Ganyssa, NickNielsen, jdclyde, boxfiddler, dsr, and April for participating in this episode of TROLOV.  These folks are eligible for some free swag!

Last week’s 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?” Here are some of their responses:

Ganyssa: “Board games? We brought board games? I barely even touched my phone…”

NickNielsen: “I don’t remember any board games. In fact, the closest I remember we got to a board was when JD broke out the carrot cake and we all bellied up to the board. I think we were more interested in actually meeting each other and talking face-to-face than in playing games.”

Jdclyde: “There were NO board games played at the gathering. I had several decks of cards, chinese fingercuffs, a puzzle (that Soni couldn’t figure out) and carrot cake. Never did end up playing cards.”

Boxfiddler: “The games I brought didn’t leave my hotel room. My guess is that the others can say the same. What I played? No telling. Who I played with? No telling. Who won? We all did.”

This week’s Question of the Week was sent in by TR member dsr: “Do you know if dbqwiksite is still in business?”

And I’d also like to know, in preparation for BlogHer 2009 next week in Chicago: ““What questions would you like me to ask the BlogHer founders, or any guest speakers, sponsors, or attendees at the conference?” Please send only legitimate questions to trol at
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