It was the Presidential election week in the United States, and so this TROLOV — that’s TR Out Loud on Video —  captured some of the hot political posts that topped the boards. For those of you who are saturated with politics, there is plenty of distraction in this episode as well. 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. McCain vs. Obama: Who would be better for tech?
  2. Poll: Who will you vote for in the 2008 U.S. presidential election?
  3. Avoid this. It’s the key reason McCain lost the election
  4. Are salaried employees entitled to overtime pay?
  5. The worst excuses for missing work

Be sure to check out the TR Member pet pics and the TR Member tattoo pics galleries. ALSO, I NEED PHOTOS OF YOUR HALLOWEEN COSTUMES — past or present — so that I can create another TR member gallery on the site. Send me your photos — pets, tattoos, and/or Halloween costumes.

Here are some additional TR Out Loud posts/podcasts from this past week:

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

  1. Jacky Howe (13 thumbs)
  2. OH Smeg (6 thumbs)
  3. TheChas (5 thumbs)
  4. Old Mycroft and CaptBilly1Eye (4 thumbs)
  5. larry  (3 thumbs)

Most Comments in the TR Forums this week?

  1. jdclyde (190 posts)
  2. Old Mycroft (110 posts)
  3. Jacky Howe (107 posts)
  4. boxfiddler (100 posts)
  5. Palmetto (95 posts)

Voice messages, e-mails, and photos = swag

Many thanks to CG IT, Lizzie_B, BFilmFan, and Betageek52 for participating in this week’s show. Also, happy belated b-day to 1bn0, and thanks to wthimmes and jamesski for sending me e-mail. If I mentioned your name on this episode of TROLOV, that means you’re eligible for swag — so send your mailing address and swag item of choice to trol at
We received a couple 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?” However, we’re going to keep this one open for one more week. Send your best guesses to trol at
You can also send in a new Question of the Week, comments, photos, small video clips, or voice message! Our e-mail address, once again, is trol at; our toll free number is (866)-414-CNET (2638); and our Skype ID is tr.out.loud.

We’ve got tons of swag, and we’ll happily send you some if you participate. Not only do we have lots of mugs, shirts, lanyards, stress balls, pens, toolkits, frisbees, disposable cameras, etc — but we also have 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