It’s another lucky Friday the 13th at TechRepublic, and TR Out Loud on Video (TROLOV) is back again with your weekly dose of highlights on the site, including the top discussions and members on the forums. 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. 10 reasons why Linux isn’t triumphing over Linux
  2. Express yourself with new emoticons in the Community Forums
  3. Explaining concepts can be a challenge with some users
  4. How Linux can finally rise above Microsoft
  5. Laid off: Fight the urge to vent

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

  1. christianshiflet and Jacky Howe (5 thumbs)
  2. seanferd, robo_dev, Tony Hopkinson, OH Smeg, and Peconet Tietokoneet (3 thumbs)
  3. BFilmFan, itmanagement, and —TK— (2 thumbs)

Most Comments in the TR Forums this week

  1. Jacky Howe (98 posts)
  2. OH Smeg (87 posts)
  3. Peconet Tietokoneet (85 posts)
  4. Oz_Media (84 posts)
  5. seanferd (83 posts)

TR Member participation

Thanks to TR members Jaqui, GG, CG IT, and Hal 9000 for participating in this episode of TROLOV.

Last week’s Question of the Week submitted by TR member betageek52 was: “Can you make up a 10 things list about new 10 things posts we can cover on TR?” Since we didn’t receive many answers, I’m going to keep this question open for one more week. Please send your 10 10 things suggestions to trol at

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