This week’s TROLOV — or TR Out Loud on Video — acknowledges the superstitious beliefs surrounding Friday the 13th, but forges ahead anyway with highlights of the top discussions and members on the boards. If you’re not a fan of video, you can choose to just listen to the audio file.

Top discussion threads:

  1. The 10 biggest failures in IT history
  2. 10 things Android phones do better than the iPhone
  3. Poll: Should the Internet become a public resource (like roads) paid for by taxes?
  4. Behavioral targeting: Is transparency possible?
  5. Friday Night Music – Covers

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

  1. Jacky Howe (13 thumbs)
  2. seanferd (6 thumbs)
  3. CG IT (5 thumbs)
  4. Hillyman, OldER Mycroft, OH Smeg, SinisterSlay, and Dedlbug (3 thumbs)
  5. .Martin., bwilmot, and —TK— (2 thumbs)

Most Comments in the TR Forums this week

  1. Oz_Media (141 posts)
  2. Palmetto (127 posts)
  3. seanferd (99 posts)
  4. NickNielsen (94 posts)
  5. OldER Mycroft and Deadly Ernest (86 posts)

TR Member participation

The winning caption to the photo of TR blogger Justin James above is: “IT’S MINE! ALL MINE!” submitted by TR member jck. Congrats!

The photo below that’s in desperate need of creative captions is of Maxwell Edison. Please send your captions to trol at Maxwell will up the ante by sending a Starbucks gift card (via Sonja) to the TR member who comes up with his favorite caption.

Last week’s Question of the Week, sent in by jck, is open for another week: “What’s your all-time favorite PC/technical gadget that you’ve either purchased or received as a gift?” Again, please send your answers 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 a Question of the Week, and answer to the Question of the Week, comments, photos/photo captions, or original video clips 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.