This episode of TROLOV — that’s TR Out Loud on Video — highlights the weekly happenings at TechRepublic, including the top discussions and 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. Laid off and running out of options
  2. Sanity check: Are netbooks quietly driving us to thin clients and cloud computing?
  3. Terry Childs – Will the true story ever be told?
  4. What is your favorite non-mainstream programming language?
  5. How do I … organize my Windows desktop with Fences?

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

  1. ThumbsUp2 and Jacky Howe (10 thumbs)
  2. OH Smeg (9 thumbs)
  3. Old Mycroft and seanferd (6 thumbs)
  4. t_mcnally_2001 (5 thumbs)
  5. BFilmFan (3 thumbs)

Most Comments in the TR Forums this week

  1. OH Smeg (178 posts)
  2. jdclyde (154 posts)
  3. seanferd (109 posts)
  4. Michael Kassner (101 posts)
  5. TonytheTiger (95 posts)

TR Member participation

Thanks to TR members boxfiddler, Hal 9000, jbrosch, betageek52, and BFilmFan for participating in this episode of TROLOV. Also, thanks to TR member Hal Potter for sending in an e-mail.

Last week’s Question of the Week was “What legitimate (and legal) ways have you found to earn some extra money during these tough economic times?”

Here are a couple responses we received from the TR community:

jbrosch: “I’m combining multiple efforts to try any actually come up with an income – Sales (commission based), consulting (not much going on here) and volunteering (read – experience on resume) for non-profits to transition into new position in CRM / ERP support.”

Hal 9000: “How to make extra income not work related is not an option for me because I don’t get enough time to do the work I have, let alone to even consider Playing with My Toys. When I do have some free time, I want to sit down and just Veg out – but most of the time, I end up repairing friends computers, which sometimes I even charge for. I had a friend who took in Typing for after hours work. In the end, they decided to do that full time and stopped fixing computers.”

This week’s Question of the Week, submitted by TR member betageek52 is: “Can you make up a 10 things list about new 10 things posts we can cover on TR?” Please send your 10 10 things suggestions to trol at

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