Just when everyone at TechRepublic started to feel safe, Sonja bought a Flip video camera. What exactly does this mean? TR Out Loud on Video (TROLOV) goes mobile! Find out who Sonja corners in the office to talk about the top five discussions of the week. Of course, TROLOV wouldn’t be complete without TR member participation, and there was plenty to pluck from this time around. 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. Is ageism a thriving prejudice?
  2. Bridging cultural divides in the workplace
  3. 10 fundamental differences between Linux and Windows
  4. SSL/TLS Certificates: What you need to know
  5. Video: TR Out Loud – August 29, 2008

Additional discussion threads that were highlighted include:

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

  1. Old Mycroft (7 thumbs)
  2. Jacky Howe (6 thumbs)
  3. Peconet Tietokoneet and OH Smeg (4 thumbs)
  4. shhite, Dumphrey, and bart777 (2 thumbs)

Most Comments in the TR Forums this week?

  1. boxfiddler (196 posts)
  2. NickNielson (164 posts)
  3. w2ktechman (140 posts)
  4. Old Mycroft (118 posts)
  5. Jacky Howe (117 posts)

Voice messages, e-mails, and photos = swag

Many thanks to CG IT, CaptBilly1Eye, Mike_G, w2ktechman, Tammy, and all of the TR members who sent in guessed to Hal 9000’s Mystery Object of the Week, which was a CPU Removal Tool for 286, 386, and 486 CPUs. No one submitted that exact answer, but for those of you who were close, send me an e-mail and I’ll hook you up with some TR swag.

After the video was recorded, a TR member who hasn’t received any swag in the past year submitted an acceptable answer to Hal 9000’s question, and so he won the Black & Decker snake light with a TechRepublic logo. The juicy details will be included in next week’s show. However, I have another snake light to give away to a TR member who comes out of the woodwork (otherwise known as a lurker) and participates.

This week we have two questions for everyone: Name that TR member (refer to the youthful photograph within the video), and the Question of the Week, submitted by w2ktechman: What do TR members prefer to do with their Linux or Mac systems, and what do TR members prefer to use Windows for? Submit your answers to TROL at cnet.com.

Keep those comments, questions, photos, and small video clips coming, folks! You can also leave a voice message on our toll free number: (866)-414-CNET (2638); or you can leave a message via Skype, and our Skype ID is tr.out.loud.

We have lots of free stuff to give away, including mugs, shirts, toolkits, frisbees, disposable cameras, and the following lists of premium products (there are a lot more titles… I just haven’t had time to organize and sort them all):

  • IT Vendor Management Tool Kit (CD-ROM)
  • IT Managers Hiring Tool Kit (CD-ROM)
  • PC Troubleshooter Resource Guide, Fifth Edition (Book with CD-ROM included)
  • IT Security Survival Guide, Second Edition (Workbook with CD-ROM included)
  • IT Professional’s Guide to Project Management, Volume 2 (Workbook with CD-ROM included)
  • Administrator’s Guide to TCP/IP, Second Edition (Workbook with CD-ROM included)
  • IT Professional’s Guide to Desktop Control, Second Edition (Workbook with CD-ROM included)


  • Fast Track: SAMS Teach Yourself PHP, MySQL, and Apache All in One
  • Fast Track: Dreamweaver 8
  • Fast Track: Project Management
  • Fast Track: HTML
  • Fast Track: IT Help Desk Survival Guide, Third Edition
  • 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 2003
  • Fast Track: Microsoft Excel 2003
  • Fast Track: Microsoft Excel 97/2000/XP
  • TechMails Tech Tips for Windows Administrators (NO, 2000 Pro, and 2000 Server)
  • IT Manager’s Tool Kit, Volume 2
  • Network Administrator’s Tool Kit
  • IT Consultant’s Tool Kit
  • IT Consultant’s Tool Kit, Volume 2
  • IT Help Desk Survival Guide, Volume 2
  • Small Office Took Kit
  • Tech Tips for Exchange Administrators, Second Edition
  • Tech Tips for Outlook Support, Second Edition
  • Tech Tips for Windows XP Professional
  • IT Vendor Management Tool Kit
  • Essential IT Forms
  • Linux Network and Systems Administration
  • Landing Your Next IT Job
  • Developer’s Guide to Web Services
  • Building .NET Solutions