TROLOV — or TR Out Loud on Video — is back in full force this week, bringing you the weekly highlights from the site, including the most active discussions and members on the forums. This episode also features quite a few photos that were sent in by the TR community. 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. Use analogies to explain technical subjects to end-users
  2. Sanity check: The IT labor shortage is real and offshoring is overblown
  3. Botnets: Keep computers up to date or else
  4. A crazy idea – put those dirty keyboards in the dishwasher
  5. 5 Reasons that Linux is a failure

Be sure to check out the TR Member pet pics, the TR Member tattoo pics, and the TR Member costume pics galleries. If you’d like to contribute to these galleries, please send me your photos.

Here are a couple other TR Out Loud posts/podcasts from this past week:

Oh, and don’t forget to sign up for the TechRepublic Community Central newsletter!

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

  1. Jacky Howe (14 thumbs)
  2. OH Smeg (9 thumbs)
  3. willcomp (3 thumb)
  4. Dedlbug, JamesRL, bwilmot, Jaqui, and Old Mycroft (2 thumbs)

Most Comments in the TR Forums this week?

  1. jdclyde (189 posts)
  2. The Scummy One (168 posts)
  3. boxfiddler and OH Smeg (146 posts)
  4. Oz_Media (129 posts)
  5. Jacky Howe (120 posts)

Voice messages, e-mails, and photos = swag

Many thanks to Old Mycroft, Bizzo, TwitcH, Robert De Zago, Hal 9000, CaptBilly1Eye, TiggerTwo, Markku, and all of the other members who sent in photos or otherwise participated in this week’s show. If I mentioned your name on TROLOV, send your mailing address and swag item of choice to trol at

Congrats to Hal 9000 and CaptBilly1Eye for correctly guessing last week’s “Who is the TR member?” photo. The lovable lad in the photograph was none other than Jacky Howe.

This week’s Question of the Week, submitted by TiggerTwo is: “What features do you use TechRepublic for?” Everybody is able to answer this one — and there’s no right or wrong answer. Send your responses to trol at

Please keep participating! We are always looking for new questions, comments, photos, and even voice messages. Our toll free number is (866)-414-CNET (2638); and our Skype ID is tr.out.loud. In exchange for your participation, we’ll send you some free TR swag! We have tons of stuff — 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