The new, improved, fast, and dirty TROLOV — that’s TR Out Loud on Video — highlights the top discussions, most active members, Tammy’s moderator rant, and community participation in under eight minutes. 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. The so-called group called Anonymous
  2. Microsoft’s biggest problem is innovation
  3. Questions your interviewer doesn’t want to hear
  4. 10 sci-fi technologies that just might happen
  5. The worst science fiction TV shows

Also, be sure to check out the TR Member pet pics gallery. Add your pet pic by e-mailing me a photo.

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

  1. Peconet Tietokoneet (15 thumbs)
  2. Jacky Howe (14 thumbs)
  3. tmcnally_2001 and OH Smeg (5 thumbs)
  4. 1bn0 (3 thumbs)
  5. The Altruist, shasca, cmiller5400, and TheChas (2 thumbs)

Most Comments in the TR Forums this week?

  1. Peconet Tietokoneet (189 posts)
  2. boxfiddler (173 posts)
  3. jdclyde (138 posts)
  4. Neon Samurai (127 posts)
  5. Palmetto (122 posts)

Voice messages, e-mails, and photos = swag

Many thanks to TiggerTwo, Nick Nielson, Jimmy-Jam, kkjelvik, and all of the members who sent in guesses for the “Who is this TR member” photo, the Mystery Object of the Week, and the Question of the Week. If you hear or see your name on TROLOV or these blog notes, send me an e-mail and I’ll hook you up with some swag.

The “Who is this TR member” photo is still unsolved. I’ll accept guesses for one more week.

Hal 9000’s Mystery Object of the Week was a “Stallion Networking Device made for the 286 onward PCs. This device allowed up to 15 computers to be connected to the Master Computer via Com Ports in DOS. It flew along at the massive speed of 1 KHZ and was the first PC networking device that worked well enough for production use.”

TR Member Mgic8ball is the winner, sending in this answer: “It seems to be an Anvil Stallion v4.0 multiport serial board.” Congrats! Send me an e-mail (trol at to collect your prize!

Last week’s Question of the Week, sent in by TiggerTwo: “What is the longest distance that you’ve ever walked in a single day without training?”

Here are some of the responses from the TR community:

  • Jellimonsta – “When I was 17-18 and back in the UK, I used to walk a lot. I think the furthest my friend and I did though was about a 15 mile round trip one day.”
  • jdclyde – “My boys are running cross country. The courses are spread out over three miles, on trails and in the woods. There are four races, Varsity and Junior Varsity, for boys and girls. I cheer all four groups on. I try to get to places on the course where no one else is, so they have a supporting voice with them as much as possible, and will hop back and forth between several places through out the race. I put in at least 5 miles at each event.”
  • w2ktechman – “For me, personally, I would have to say more than 10 miles. I did a 10 mile walk one time (years ago) and after arriving at the destination (and a short break) ended up walking throughout the area. But, aside from that, I do not usually calculate the mileage I walk/hike. I just go, no training. Sometimes I will take several trails of between 2-6 miles in a day. Of course, these are often full of hills, and I am likely to go ‘off’ trail for many a reason (better pic, animal, etc.).”

Here is this week’s Question of the Week, submitted by Jimmy-Jam: “What prompts you to add someone to your contacts? What’s you’re criteria? – or – How do you break the admin password?” 🙂 Send your answers to trol at

Feedback and member contributions

Please take a little a couple minutes to send in a comments, question, photo, or even a small video clip for next week’s show. You can even leave a voice message — our toll free number is (866)-414-CNET (2638); or you can leave a message via Skype, and our Skype ID is tr.out.loud.

Send me something for TROLOV, and I’ll send you something back! We have swag — such as mugs, shirts, pens, balls, toolkits, frisbees, and disposable cameras — and the following lists of premium products:

  • IT Vendor Management Tool Kit (CD-ROM)
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