TechRepublic’s Sonja Thompson suffers through pesky allergies to bring your this week’s TROLOV — that’s TR Out Loud on Video — which highlights 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. Video: TR Out Loud – November 7, 2008
  2. Geek Trivia: The Altered States of America
  3. Name the key factor driving your voting decision
  4. Quelling interview conspiracy theories
  5. Boneheaded mistakes… we all make them! Share yours.

Be sure to check out the TR Member pet pics and the TR Member tattoo pics galleries. Oh, and I still need photos of TR members in costumes so that I can create this fun gallery on the site. Send me your photos.

Just in case you missed it, here is another TR Out Loud post/podcast from this past week:

Most “Thumbs Up” in the TR Questions arena over the past two weeks?

  1. Jacky Howe (23 thumbs)
  2. OH Smeg (16 thumbs)
  3. bwilmot, CaptBilly1Eye, and ThumbsUp2 (6 thumbs)
  4. neilb (5 thumbs)
  5. jimmy-jam, boxfiddler, and cmiller5400 (4 thumbs)

Most Comments in the TR Forums this week?

  1. jdclyde (246 posts)
  2. OH Smeg (136 posts)
  3. Palmetto (117 posts)
  4. Jacky Howe (105 posts)
  5. The Scummy One (95 posts)

Voice messages, e-mails, and photos = swag

Many thanks to CG IT, Jacky Howe, jdclyde, CaptBilly1Eye, Jellimonsta, Hal 9000, jamesski, jimmy-jam, and bjenning59 for participating in this week’s show. If I mentioned your name on TROLOV, send your mailing address and swag item of choice to trol at

We received a few more answers to last week’s Question(s) of the Week, submitted by w2ktechman: “What percentage of new questions get answered?” AND “What is the average time it takes for a question to receive its first answer?” Here is the official answer that I received from one of TR’s engineering guys:

  • In the last 30 days, 1,473 Questions have been asked… 311 are unanswered, which = approximately 78%
  • In the last 60 days, 2,991 Questions have been asked… 598 are unanswered, which = approximately 80%
  • In the last 90 days, 4,507 Questions have been asked… 891 are unanswered, which = approximately 80%

This week’s “Who is the TR member?” photo is of a lovable lad who has not yet taken the TR Member Spotlight. Do you know who it is? Send your guess to trol at

Please also send in a new Question of the Week, comments, photos, small video clips, or voice message! Our toll free number is (866)-414-CNET (2638); and our Skype ID is tr.out.loud.

If you participate, I’ll send you some swag! We have lots of mugs, shirts, lanyards, stress balls, pens, toolkits, frisbees, disposable cameras, etc. — plus the following list of premium products:

Workbook with CD-ROM

  • Windows NT/2000 Network Administrator Resource Guide, Volume 2
  • Microsoft Access Resource Guide
  • PC User’s Troubleshooting Guide
  • IT Professional’s Guide to Project Management, Volume 2
  • IT Security Survival Guide, Volume 1 and Volume 2
  • Visual Basic Resource Guide
  • Administrator’s Guide to Windows Server 2003
  • Disaster Planning and Recovery, Volume 1 and Volume 2


  • Fast Track: SAMS Teach Yourself PHP, MySQL, and Apache All in One
  • Fast Track: Dreamweaver 8
  • Fast Track: Visio 2000/2002
  • Fast Track: Project Management
  • Fast Track: HTML
  • Fast Track: Quickbooks
  • Building .NET Solutions
  • IIS Resource Guide
  • Developer’s Guide to Web Services
  • Fast Track: IT Help Desk Survival Guide, Third Edition
  • Fast Track: Linux Network and Systems Administration
  • Fast Track: Linux Apache Web Server and Workstation Management
  • Fast Track: Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure and Design
  • Fast Track: Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices v2.1
  • Fast Track: Microsoft Project 2003/2002/2000
  • Fast Track: Microsoft Project 98/2000/2002
  • Fast Track: Microsoft SQL Server 7.0/2000
  • Fast Track: Microsoft Word 97/2000/XP
  • Fast Track: Microsoft Access 97/2000/XP
  • Fast Track: Microsoft Access 2003
  • Fast Track: Microsoft Excel 97/2000/XP
  • Fast Track: Microsoft Excel 2003
  • Administrator’s Guide to Active Directory
  • IT Manager’s Tool Kit, Volume 2 and Volume 3
  • IT Manager’s Financial Tool Kit
  • IT Manager’s Hiring Tool Kit
  • Network Administrator’s Tool Kit
  • Network Administrator’s Resource Guide
  • Network Administrator’s Security Resource Guide
  • Wireless Networking Tool Kit
  • IT Consultant’s Tool Kit, Volume 1 and Volume 2
  • IT Help Desk Survival Guide, Volume 2
  • Support Professional’s User Administration Tool Kit
  • PC Troubleshooting Tool Kit
  • IT Professional’s Guide to E-mail Administration
  • IT Professional’s Guide to Microsoft Certification
  • IT Professional’s Guide to Data Storage Design and Management
  • IT Professional’s Guide to Policies and Procedures, 2nd Edition
  • Securing Your Enterprise: A Guide to Network Threat Management
  • Handling Internet Security Threats
  • IT Policy Risk Assessment
  • Risk Management Tool Kit for Project Managers
  • Small Office Took Kit
  • Small Office IT Policies
  • Home and Small Office Tool Kit
  • Windows 2000 Network Administration
  • Windows 2000 Server Resource Guide
  • Windows Server 2003 Migration Tool Kit
  • Windows Desktop Support Resource Guide
  • Desktop Support Resource Guide
  • Microsoft SQL Server Resource Guide
  • IT Vendor Management Tool Kit
  • Essential IT Forms
  • Landing Your Next IT Job
  • Managing Government Projects
  • Managing Effective Teams
  • TechMails Tech Tips for Windows Administrators (NT, 2000 Pro, and 2000 Server)
  • Tech Tips for Exchange Administrators,  1st and 2nd Edition
  • Tech Tips for Outlook Support, 1st and 2nd Edition
  • Tech Tips for Windows XP Professional, 1st and 2nd Edition