Video: TR Out Loud - October 23, 2009

What do hot discussions, cool members, and frozen bananas all have in common? This week's TR Out Loud on Video, of course! Watch the video, and then participate for an upcoming episode.


What do hot discussions, cool members, and frozen bananas all have in common? This week's TR Out Loud on Video, of course! If you're not a fan of video, you can choose to just listen to the audio file.

Notes: Top discussion threads:

  1. Windows 7 report card: The hits and misses
  2. Crimeware: Solutions, anyone?
  3. Ubuntu 9.10 makes a serious charge toward the enterprise level
  4. Video: Five must-have Firefox add-ons
  5. Video: Top five movie gadgets

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

  1. Jacky Howe (10 thumbs)
  2. OH Smeg (8 thumbs)
  3. CG IT (7 thumbs)
  4. ---TK--- (3 thumbs)
  5. Breezer85 (2 thumbs)
Most Comments in the TR Forums this week

  1. jck (129 posts)
  2. Deadly Ernest (90 posts)
  3. OldER Mycroft (89 posts)
  4. CG IT (88 posts)
  5. Oz_Media (84 posts)
TR Member participation

Many thanks to BFilmFan, Snowless1, NickNeilsen, oxfordpauluk, and Hal 9000 for participating in the show. These folks are eligible for some free TR swag!

We received some entertaining captions for this picture of Justin James (aka J.Ja) at the South Carolina State Fair in 2008. Please vote for your favorite.

Last week’s Question of the Week was submitted by wthimmes. He asked: "With online chat, web 2.0, simulation training, and virtual worlds, is classroom training dead?" Here are a couple answers we received from the TechRepublic community:

Hal 9000: "Put simply, no, I don't think so, despite what some may claim. I've found that people still want to interact with a teacher in a real-time environment. The other methods of training are ok for the small, unimportant things, but for important training courses, I and the people I know, prefer to go to a classroom type environment."

NickNielsen: "For certain subjects, there's no substitute for the classroom environment. The interchange between students and teacher, the immediate feedback, and access to lab facilities make formal training essential for some subjects. Which subjects is another question entirely."

This week's Question of the Week is by yours truly: "What new feature(s) in Windows 7 do you find most impressive?" I know that quite a few folks haven’t had a chance to actually take it for a spin yet, but we’ve been posting lots of great Windows 7 content on TechRepublic, so hopefully you’ve read about some of these new features. Please send your answers 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, and answer to the Question of the Week, comments, photos/photo captions, 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.