From the hottest discussion threads to the most active members to fun community participation, this week’s TROLOV — or TR Out Loud on Video — has it all. If you’re not a fan of video, you can choose to just listen to the audio file.

Top discussion threads:

  1. Woman fired for emailing in all caps
  2. So you want to be a manager
  3. Snow Leopard fails to convince CIOs to adopt more Macs
  4. PassWindow: A brand new Web-site authentication process
  5. The quest for the ultimate geek movie

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Most “Thumbs Up” in the TR Questions arena over the past week

  1. Jacky Howe (12 thumbs)
  2. SKDTech (10 thumbs)
  3. OH Smeg (6 thumbs)
  4. robo_dev (3 thumbs)
  5. TheChas, tcavadias, —TK—, and Peconet Tietokoneet (2 thumbs)

Most Comments in the TR Forums this week

  1. jck (142 posts)
  2. Tony Hopkinson (123 posts)
  3. Shellbot (107 posts)
  4. Palmetto and boxfiddler (104 posts)
  5. Jacky Howe (90 posts)

TR Member participation

Many thanks to shasca, jamesski, The Scummy One, Darryl, jdclyde, datacommguy, jck, and Churdoo for participating in this episode of TROLOV. These members are eligible for some free swag!

According to shasca, if you’d like to get your hands on a Wyoming Game and Fish Department t-shirt, visit their online store:

Last week’s Question of the Week, submitted by Hal 9000: “Now that all but one of the charges against Terry Childs has been dismissed, how has this case affected the way you think about network security and what you do in your daily work?” Here are a couple responses from the TR community:

jdclyde: “The word for the day is “CYA. Make sure you keep records of communications with your boss and co-workers for anything that could even remotely be criticized or questioned later on.”

datacommguy: “I don’t know that it has — or would have — affected me. I can see both sides, and it reminds me of the many times that dastardly documentation I needed to update got delayed by some perceived ‘crisis’ or constantly shifting ‘priority’ project. But in the real world, the necessary documentation and procedures often get totally out of date. And when I left my last full-time job due to a directive from on high to cut costs (with specific names directly from HR’s salary list), they had some real problems with several critical (their words) systems which no longer had any experienced support after dumping the primary sysadmin, his backup, and the assigned business analyst. From what I’ve heard, it may have saved them quite a bit of money in the long term but will almost certainly take a bit longer than they’d planned if you factor in the cost of the outside consultants they’ve been forced to bring in. Sorry for old friends still there who are now going to see their lack of ability to maintain that system reflected in their next review, but… can’t say I’ve lost any sleep over it or suppressed that little smile when I hear about ‘my’ 5-nines system being down for days…”

This week’s Question of the Week was sent in by TR member jck: “What mainstream technology are you itching to try, and what has kept you from trying it?” Please send your answers to trol at
We also received a “Who is this TR member?” photo. Take a look at the baby picture in the video, and then send your guess to trol at
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We have lots and lots of swag. If you’d like a complete listing, shoot me an e-mail, and I’ll send a reply.