On the day after Thanksgiving, most people in the United States have the day off work, including all of the folks inside TechRepublic. However, some of TechRepublic’s most dedicated members will still be on the site. This TROLOV (short for TR Out Loud on Video) is especially for this fine group — and of course the rest of the TR community who takes the time after the holiday weekend to tune in. To all of you, we are very thankful.

If you’re not a fan of video (sorry about the Flash, Jaqui), you can choose to just listen to the audio file.

Seasonal discussion threads:

  1. Sanity check: Five things that make it great to work in IT
  2. What’s the biggest Tech Turkey of all time?
  3. What to do when there’s no one at the office? And a Happy Thanksgiving message.
  4. Geekend Thanksgiving roundup
  5. TR’s Virtual Happy Hour 11/26/08 – Open for business

Here are a couple other links that you should check out:

If you’d like to contribute to these galleries, please send me your photos.

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 (11 thumbs)
  2. willcomp and OH Smeg (7 thumbs)
  3. tkrl26 (5 thumb)
  4. bwilmot (4 thumbs)
  5. larry, 1bn0, and The Scummy One (3 thumbs)

Most Comments in the TR Forums this week?

  1. The Scummy One (136 posts)
  2. boxfiddler (128 posts)
  3. jdclyde (120 posts)
  4. Oz_Media (118 posts)
  5. Old Mycroft (111 posts)

Voice messages, e-mails, and photos = swag

Many thanks to James, Hal 9000, lilcoll79, Mike Stewart, Bob Raymond, and all of the other members who sent in contributions for this week’s show. If I mentioned your name on TROLOV, send your mailing address and swag item of choice to trol at cnet.com.
Here is last week’s Question of the Week, submitted by TiggerTwo: “What features do you use TechRepublic for?” Since there weren’t very many responses, I’m going to keep this question open one more week. Please, please, please send your responses to trol at cnet.com.

To earn some free TR swag, just participate in the show! You can send in a new Question of the Week, an answer to the Question of the Week, comments, photos, or even a voice message. Our toll free number is (866)-414-CNET (2638); and our Skype ID is tr.out.loud.

What kind of goodies do we have to choose from? 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