It’s short, it’s sweet, it’s TROLOV (or TR Out Loud on Video). This abbreviated weekly recap still contains all the great information, but in a smaller form factor. If you’re not a fan of video, you can choose to just listen to the audio file.

Top discussion threads:

  1. How to save the PC: A petition to Microsoft and Apple
  2. Photos: Hubble’s newest visions of space
  3. Atlas Shrugged, the book all geeks should read
  4. Workplace suicide rate up dramatically
  5. Electronic databases: What’s new with privacy

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

  1. robo_dev, Jacky Howe, and seanferd (4 thumbs)
  2. —TK— and shasca (3 thumbs)
  3. CG IT, 1bn0, bowoow, and kenbergins (2 thumbs)

Most Comments in the TR Forums this week

  1. jck (130 posts)
  2. NickNielsen (125 posts)
  3. seanferd (99 posts)
  4. boxfiddler (91 posts)
  5. santeewelding (85 posts)

TR Member participation

Many thanks to Darryl~, BFilmFan, jamesski, jdclyde, NickNielsen, Jellimonsta, and NotSoChiGuy for participating in the show. These folks are eligible for some free TR swag!

The “Who is this TR member?” photo was Jellimonsta. Congrats to NickNielsen and jdclyde for guessing correctly. Also thanks for cgeifer for taking a stab at it!

Last week’s Questions of the Week, submitted by TR member Hal 9000, was a garden game. The answer to the first question, “Which pitcher will be the first to be fully open?” is the Saracenia Flava. The answer to the second question, “Which flower will be the first to open?” is the Drosera Binata.

This week’s Question of the Week was sent in by NotSoChiGuy. He said, “We always hear or read about the technologies and firms that people don’t trust, and you can see any OS flame thread for details. With this in mind, what are some of the technologies and firms that you do trust, and how was your trust earned?” Please send your guesses to trol at
Voice messages, e-mails, and photos = swag
If you’d like to earn some free TR swag, send in an e-mail with a Question of the Week, comments, photos, and/or original video clips to trol at You can also leave a voice message — our toll free number is (866) 414-CNET (2638) and our Skype ID is tr.out.loud.

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.