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    TechRepublic membership benefits


    by Jay Garmon ·

    TechRepublic is working on becoming more valuable to our registered members, and to that end we’re developing a “benefits package” that would provide exclusive discounts and opportunities for our member base.

    Right now, new registrants get a free copy of a password management application. We want to do more. We’re prepared to seek out vendors and organizations that would be willing to give special offers and benefits to our members, but want to know where our priorities should be placed.

    What are the Top 5 TechRepublic member benefits you’d like to see us pursue. Post your thoughts in this discussion, and be sure to mention the vendors from which you’d most like to receive a discount.

    To get the ball rolling, we’re currently considering these possible benefits. Feel free to mention these or others in your Top 5.

    –Discounts from specific hardware vendors
    –Discounts from specific software vendors
    –Discounted industry event admissions
    –Air travel discounts
    –Car rental discounts
    –Discounted business/IT consulting
    –Parcel shipping discounts
    –Bookstore discounts
    –IT training discounts
    –Free software trials
    –Preferential entry to hardware/software beta tests
    –Discounted or pooled insurance plans
    –Publication discounts
    –TechRepublic merchandise (t-shirts, mugs, hats, etc.)
    –Shared sign-on with other Web sites (no more “you must register” messages)
    –Vanity e-mail addresses (

    Let us know what you want–and from whom–and we’ll work to make it happen!

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    • #3332600

      Well if the discounts aren’t

      by tony hopkinson ·

      In reply to TechRepublic membership benefits

      international, they won’t be much use to us damn foreigners.

      • #3332576

        As to international discounts

        by Jay Garmon ·

        In reply to Well if the discounts aren’t

        The logistical issues of international discounts have come up. Ideally, we’d negotiate a percentage discount, rather than a hard dollar-value, so it would transfer regardless of currency.

        • #3332555

          That is my question too

          by oz_media ·

          In reply to As to international discounts

          Regardless if I get 20% off Target stores or $1.50 USD, Target is a US company and offer would only be valid to US customers.

          This is ALL over the web,20% off of this, a free day here and get 30 day bonus there, but all US companys.

          I joined a ‘global’ Golf Partners offering last year and found that 99.9% of the member benefits were for US courses, US stores etc. Most don’t even ship merchandise to Canada, so I quit and got my money back before joining a similar Canadian only club.

          Now if there are free tickets to seminars that are all US based, there is no benefit.

          Discounts from stores only in the US etc. is no help either.

          BUT, if you found a multinational group OR someone willing to ship outside of the US, it isn’t so bad even with additional shipping charges.

          WHat always PO’d me, is that TR was SUPPOSED to have shirts, mugs etc. available for trade with member points. Never happened.

          The TR Geek contest prizes, never arrived, never even asked for mailing info.

          The TRI ‘goodies’, never happened.

          So I don”t hold too much faith in offerings from TR, for obvious reasons.

          I am sure some would find incentives available to them, they may even GET the incentives offered, but what about the rest of your user base?

        • #3335200

          Ditto, TR doesn’t deliver on its “benefits”…

          by tomsal ·

          In reply to That is my question too

          Good site for discussion among my “geek brethen” so to speak, but little else — maybe an occassional white paper hits my fancy. I really have stayed with the site for 5 years only because of the discussion board.

          Like you mentioned, they pretty much never carried through their initial plan of your points being worth merchandise and “other things”. Which is all you heard for a few months at least, back when the site was new. I still get a kick out of it how today, when you ask this of TR staff they respond as if you are asking them to solve a quantum physics problem. “Huh? What? Can you repeat the question?”.

          That and the things you mentioned, I put extremely little faith in anything TR says in the way of benefits. Because in my world, how I was raised, when you say you are going to do something and then you don’t — that’s called a lie.


          Anyway, just me venting.


    • #3332587


      by jdmercha ·

      In reply to TechRepublic membership benefits

      I’d eliminate the discounts right off the bat. The are never discounts I can’t already get (or beat). They serve only as another annoying advertising link.

      • #3332553

        I agree

        by oz_media ·

        In reply to Plus

        I can already get 10% of Hertz car rental, or a discount on Holiday Inn in L.A. or seomthing. Neither are any good to most users anyway and the discounts are never a SPECIAL discount as they suggest, just the same deal found all over the internet. Like some cheesy cupon that really isn’t worthwhile UNLESS you just happen to be staying there at full price anyway.

    • #3332546

      A list

      by oz_media ·

      In reply to TechRepublic membership benefits

      >HP/Compaq, IBM, extended service offering/warranty or discount on a service offering.

      >Free shipping on items from various manufacturers

      >T-Shirts, Mugs, Hats etc. on a TR points system OR a discount based on TR points (like those club card deals where you collect points and buy crap). And I mean ACTUAL PHYSICAL merchandise you can see, touch and feel to verify it really exists.

      Free memberships to TPG once a certain POINT level is reached, it only makes sense to offer your best contant to your strongest participants at no cost. OR the TOP 10 Overall would be interesting because everyone would battle to get top 10 positions, it would have SOME relevance to it.

      >Vanity addresses, well it wouldbe neat but I have a bunch I never use already,it was quite the draw a year or so back for many others. But would be kinda cool! AND it would offer a way for people to peer mail back AND forth using a TR email address.

      Get some stuff donated to TR instead of offering it from the vendor and then YOU can see that it is shipped as needed to where it is needed.
      Such as a mobthly prize for something, “NIKE has donated this Great Driver for use to give away to the member who…”

      As for goodies when signing up, I couldn’t care less, I signed up years ago. I am not interested in what will attract more visitors, I am interested in existing member benefits and give aways.

      Get some vendors to donate stuff to TR and give it away as a monthly, weekly , best article or whatever prize.

      DVD-RW, FLASH Memory, PC Cleaning kits, Mini Tools, External Hard drives, get APC to give away a few of those Power Cases (they seem to like giving them away) or notebook locks etc.

      Get the suppliers to chip in some stuff, even t-shirts, mugs, hats etc. And give them away as monthly or weekly prizes, WITH TR PAYING TO SHIP THEM TO MEMBERS, regardless of location!!

      P.S. Where can I download this password manager?
      Or do we need to start a new account when stuff like that comes up?

      • #3332395

        How about…

        by house ·

        In reply to A list

        TPG for the ‘other-other’ members. 😉

        I don’t care about discounts and whatever else… all I want is friggin’ polo and a mug – I’ll pay for that. Currently, I am not a TPG member.

    • #3334328

      My List (Blunt and Honest)

      by tomsal ·

      In reply to TechRepublic membership benefits

      I think its nice that this “benefits” idea is being considered. Here it goes honest as I can be…

      I don’t care about the TR merchandise, unless you award it as prizes or it can be bought with TR points — I won’t PAY your company to give you FREE advertisement.

      Insurance plays, reduced air fare plans, car rental deals …I have this stuff through my credit card plans so I don’t care if TR offers it.

      I think the following would be nice though…

      -Book Discounts (I mean at least 20% off) from more than just TR published books. I mean “real” publishing houses like QUE and their EXCELLENT IT book offers. No offense to TR but a lot of what I’ve seen in TR books is pretty much just a collection of the articles you find on the TR website and then you guys charge as much as $89 for the thing. For what? A rehash of what’s on the website?

      -IT training offers (Hint: TR could learn a lot from the benefits the IEEE Computer Society offers in this area — of course I will admit CS membership isn’t free its around $90 per year). Give discounts to training seminars, online training classes (like KnowledgeNet for instance).

      -Have Q&A points be redeemable for REAL physical Merchandise or other real benefits that you can’t get any other way (example: For x amount of points get a 40% discount on any TR book of x dollars or more)…the way Q&A is now, the points are just one notch above completely and utterly worthless in my opinion. Especially since folks just post questions in the discussion forums anyway.

      -We all have plenty of email addresses these days with tons of sites giving them away for nothing, but it would be neat if you guys created a TR communication system for its members. What I mean is you have an actual “MESSAGE CENTER” within your TR account (it doesn’t send to an external address like peermail does, but if you wanted to you could also send to the “peermail” address too). You could send messages to members, manage an addressbook of members, it would even allow members to instant message them and tell you if they were logged in or not.

      I think it would increase the “community” feel of the site and would be a neat benefit of membership.

      Just some thoughts…


      • #3334252

        Message center

        by jdclyde ·

        In reply to My List (Blunt and Honest)

        Concidering all the spam bombs that have hit TR in the last month or so, it is bad enought to deal with eight postings by some clown but to have to wade through a bunch of bogus messages would be a real downer.

        Would need a way to monitor/limit this. Maybe you can’t send more messages than the number of months you have been a member per day? Most of the people that would get any real benifits from this have been around for a few years.

    • #3334250

      benefits I would or would not find of value

      by jdclyde ·

      In reply to TechRepublic membership benefits

      I get real annoyed with timed out software trials. Most times I am demoing something, it is around everything I am doing on a daily basis. Most times it times out before getting a good look so I end up deleting and moving on.

      Book discounts, get a standard 20 to 30% off books anyways.

      Webinars would be good depending on the time they are offered and the topic.

      Always can use another nice looking polo though.

    • #3335193

      I like my Shirts and Coffee Mug :)

      by admin ·

      In reply to TechRepublic membership benefits

      I would probably see your “discounts” as more junk advertising discounts to add to the pile I already get to be honest.

      Way back you sent me 2 shirts and a coffee mug at three different times and I still have and use them all. My favorite T-Shirt is the “I won the Debate at Tech Republic” Shirt.

      You should have a judged debate now and again. They were fun and kept everyone on the tech track. 🙂

    • #3333987

      Pay attention!

      by wordworker ·

      In reply to TechRepublic membership benefits

      Is anybody reading these posts? Since ’99 employees and members alike have said, “Build a TR store and sell us stuff!” and why has it never happened? Most of the “old” regimen is long gone so why aren’t the new folks figuring out there’s a small fortune to be made selling polos, mugs, T-shirts, and the like? (Maybe some members won’t buy them but the REST of us will buy them, wear them, and give TR all the viral marketing it can stand!)

    • #3331425

      Real Technical Benefits

      by pmwpaul ·

      In reply to TechRepublic membership benefits

      I agree with several respondents; I can already get good discounts on the internet.

      What you could provide to members is access to some test products. For example, if Checkpoint comes out with a new firewall, give users the opportunity to access the firewall remotely in addition to reading your review.

      How about VPN products? Provide the users with a configurable ipsec or l2tp VPN client to access a reviewed product. Or let us compare a software VPN solution by providing a trial version with a functioning target.

      If you make the benefit USEFUL, that would be great!

      Thanks for asking.

    • #3329860

      What ever happened to the total points in profiles?

      by ni70 ·

      In reply to TechRepublic membership benefits

      I remember when I signed up for TechRepublic, and I liked the idea of “buying” stuff for points. What ever happened to the listing of a members total points in their profiles?

      As far as membership benefits.
      1. IT training discounts – substantial 30%-40% off sounds good
      2. TechRepublic merchandise – polo shirt instead of t-shirt
      3. Substantial bookstore discount
      4. Substantial publication discount
      5. email @techrepublic sounds cool. Someone mentioned they have a lot of the free email accounts. I also have quite a few, but having an @techrepublic account would be nice to have. I could put it on my resume and use it for websites that require a valid email account instead of yahoo or hotmail.

      I have been disappointed by the 2 TechRepublic publications I purchased, as someone mentioned just a rehash what?s on the website/e-newsletters. Would love to have a TechRepublic polo shirt and a hat (what kind of hat? baseball or beanie?) lol

      Off the subject, but I think important to me is that TechRepublic or its parent company needs to update the way comments are viewed! There’s better software out there, be it OSS or COTS, that let you actually scroll down the page to read comments posted by users. An example would be Mozillazines forums, it?s annoying to have to hit the “next” link to read the comments posted. For TechRepublic I just use the Discussion Printout feature, but on ZDNet it’s annoying as hell to use the dreaded “next” link. And I know that both TechRepublic and ZDNet are both owned by CNET Networks. Oh btw, get rid of Jive Software and use something like phpBB:)

    • #3341204

      Why doesn’t TR come through for us?

      by itgirli ·

      In reply to TechRepublic membership benefits

      Merchandise! Merchandise! Merchandise! I want shirts and mugs. If we can’t use points to get them, perhaps different number of points would be equal to free shipping or 20% off. I like the email address idea. I can never have too many email addresses. seriously. I use email addresses like folders. one address for this stuff, one address for anything I want to archive, one address for useless free garbage.
      What I am really sick of seeing is TR’s lame attempt to pacify us with worthless trash like trials and publication discounts. Beta testing is always fun. I want something tangible for my efforts.

      • #3246530

        So you want a mug, eh…?

        by Jay Garmon ·

        In reply to Why doesn’t TR come through for us?

        Stay tuned for a big announcement next week. There will be mugs aplenty–for the right people.

        Oh, and ask yourself this question: “What is a TR-iPod?”

        Answer (and goodies) coming soon.


        • #3246527


          by oz_media ·

          In reply to So you want a mug, eh…?

          What ever happened to the TRI goodies, knew I should have given you an addy at the North Pole! 😀

        • #3246514


          by itgirli ·

          In reply to So you want a mug, eh…?

          Isn’t a TRiPod that thing with 3 legs that my telescope sits on? ha ha ha. I want mugs!

        • #3246479


          by oz_media ·

          In reply to Yea!

          That’s a nickname I got when I stepped out of the shower and found unexpected company in my living room.

          Hey a guy can always dream ya know!

        • #3247518

          Prove it

          by itgirli ·

          In reply to NO

        • #3247498


          by oz_media ·

          In reply to Prove it

          I try not to, too scary for most women and far to embarrassing for most of their husbands.

          But if I must, I am parapalegic, lost my arms waving from the school bus (and they always say to keep your arms inside the window), why do you think my typing is so bad?

          Flagging down a taxi gets me arrested, I’m not allowed in the supermarket anymore since testing for a ripe melon, I can’t smoke in public, but most people are still in awe when they see me paddling my kayak around the harbour.

        • #3247496

          by itgirli ·

          In reply to sorry


        • #3248847


          by jck ·

          In reply to sorry

          will call your bluff.

          Of course, I don’t bluff. Big flaw…I can’t lie well, so I don’t.

        • #3248792

          What the kayak?

          by oz_media ·

          In reply to sorry

          not too sissy when you’re 20′ from a whale. Most people won’t even take motor boats out here then. Yet many locals cash in on whale watching tours, I rpefer to hit one of the marine access camp sites on one of the many close by islands and hang out watching the whales from there though, the water drops really steep off the shores and they get within perring distance sometimes, it’s actually pretty cool! Gives you a new perspective on the world and the all life we don’t really think about too often. We are but one species after all, and definitely not the largest species by a long shot, even though we are the most destructive of all.

        • #3248783


          by itgirli ·

          In reply to sorry

          I want pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • #3248724

          Talk to Jessie

          by oz_media ·

          In reply to sorry

          I believe that’s her hubby’s forte’.

        • #3248615

          If I knew you better

          by jck ·

          In reply to sorry

          ITgirli, I’d send you some pics I took of myself one night when I was drunk.

          but, those stay recessed deep on one of the 12 hard drives I have in the house 🙂

        • #3246919

          oh come on

          by itgirli ·

          In reply to sorry

          do something crazy. Life needs exploration into the unknown.

        • #3246908


          by jck ·

          In reply to sorry

          tell ya what…next time you’re in FL, let me know and I’ll make you an 8×10 color glossy with my HP printer on photo paper…ok??

          I’d further discuss terms, but I don’t want to get too public with all this personal info.

          Besides, I’m not the wild, crazy type until I am drunk and I’m with people I know won’t be taking compromising pictures of me when I’m passed out (that happened once in New Orleans…).

        • #3246865


          by itgirli ·

          In reply to sorry


        • #3246862


          by jck ·

          In reply to sorry

          be careful…I might start saying “Sticks and stones…” and start pulling your pigtails in the sandbox… 😉

        • #3247910

          Sure beats…

          by oz_media ·

          In reply to sorry

          …pulling your **** on the swingset.

          Did you know they arrest you for that? The kids were even in school at the time, go figure.

        • #3248507


          by itgirli ·

          In reply to sorry

          I’m going to recommend that you seek serious mental therapy; however, as I am sure you have heard that many times, feel free to disregard it.

        • #3247826

          Promises Promises

          by jamesrl ·

          In reply to So you want a mug, eh…?

          I’ve been promised mugs and other paranphenalia before by Tech Republic writers who have interviewed me for stories. Once the story gets published, hmmmm what happens, no one follows up.

          Are these mugs mythical? Do they exist only in some other plane of existance?


        • #3247801


          by oz_media ·

          In reply to Promises Promises

          they did the same for the TR Geek contest,runners up got diddly.

          Sounds liek Jay is gonna put his money where his mouth is though. Yet probably through some NEW competition.

        • #3247759

          Where’s James Mug?

          by bfilmfan ·

          In reply to Promises Promises

          To help James Find His Missing Mug, I’ve asked the question in the TR section. It’s worth 1000 points:

        • #3248713

          Hey BFilm

          by jellimonsta ·

          In reply to Where’s James Mug?

          You just don’t know what to do with all of your points or what? 🙂

        • #3247030

          Sharing the Wealth

          by bfilmfan ·

          In reply to Hey BFilm

          Well since they aren’t really good for anything, why not share them?

        • #3247545

          I have 3 mugs on my windowsill

          by dmambo ·

          In reply to Promises Promises

          Got them as a reward for posts to Bob Artner’s column. They do actually exist. Made in China, though.

        • #3246929

          The Mythical Invisible Mug of TR

          by tomsal ·

          In reply to Promises Promises

          (Sounds like something from fantasy novel )

          Anyway…of course the mugs exist…they are INVISIBLE….:) You mean you never got yours yet?

          Mine is great….too bad it has a crack in it…darn thing never holds liquid that well.

        • #3247547

          TR Boxer Shorts

          by dmambo ·

          In reply to So you want a mug, eh…?

          My wife would love to see me in a pair of geek boxers!!!

        • #3248849

          I would think

          by jck ·

          In reply to So you want a mug, eh…?

          just by the capitalization…

          A TRiPod would be a TR-labelled Apple iPod that will be the grand prize in a competition or something.

        • #3248799

          Good guess…

          by Jay Garmon ·

          In reply to I would think

          …but who said there would only be one?

        • #3248722


          by oz_media ·

          In reply to Good guess…

          I kinda figured out the name but I haven’t even seen a freakin’ mug yet.

        • #3248716


          by jellimonsta ·

          In reply to Really

          I don’t drink coffe so I am hoping they have tea cups too 🙂

        • #3248684

          I don’t drink coffe either, well…caffeine.

          by oz_media ·

          In reply to Mug

          But a mug is like the most basic thing for any company to offer, besides a 30 cent pen.

          How about a trip, one way will do, to England?

        • #3248613

          useful drinking recepticals

          by jck ·

          In reply to Mug

          Anything that will hold a pint of Guinness…would work for me.

        • #3248614

          Well TG

          by jck ·

          In reply to Good guess…

          You did ask: “What is a TR-iPod?”

          The “a” is singular form, hence my supposition your answer required like quantification. 🙂

          BTW, I would like to be the first to ask (beg?) for one of those in this thread. hehehe

        • #3248522

          inapplicable offers

          by apotheon ·

          In reply to So you want a mug, eh…?

          There are cases in which many of us would have no use for an offered discount or freebie, and as such I would like to see choices amongst several very different items rather than simply assigned items. For instance, while a free license for Microsoft Office might save someone $500, it would do me almost no good at all: in my work as a consultant, the consultancy has numerous Office licenses lying around unused because of a TechNet membership, and I personally haven’t any particular use for MS Office anyway, preferring FLOSS office productivity suites when I deign to use bloatware at all. On the other hand, a complimentary one-year subscription to Linux Magazine, Linux Journal, or The Economist would make me do a happy dance. So would a t-shirt with the legend “I am the Linux Champion at TechRepublic!”, but I certainly don’t expect one-item t-shirt printings.

        • #3246981

          HEAR HEAR!!!!

          by jaqui ·

          In reply to inapplicable offers

          offer those of us that do not use ms linux benefits!

          not try to force a violation of anti-monopoly legislation by not supporting linux, by only giving benefits that are windows based.

          Linux Journal.
          to just list a few of the mags.

          mugs, with Tux on them,
          stuffed Tux. ( Thousands of versions available )
          oh, for a real Linux Champion, a free trip to the
          Linux World Conference. ( all conference related expenses, ( hotel, airfare ) included )
          we can buy our own drinks and souvenirs.

          but, if the benefit is for ms orifice, or ms winders, or any ms only software, it’s useless.

        • #3246904

          now that sounds like an idea

          by jck ·

          In reply to HEAR HEAR!!!!

          I second the free trip thing…hehehe…I can buy my own drinks (and food if I stay conscious)…

          I have a passport…when do I leave? 🙂

    • #3247793

      Actually with all the time I spend here

      by oz_media ·

      In reply to TechRepublic membership benefits

      How about Medical, Dental, Extended Medical/Life insurance and a car/gas allowance, lets not forget the quarterly profit share?

    • #3247495


      by jck ·

      In reply to TechRepublic membership benefits

      What I’d like to see, if you get discounts for members:

      – A percent deal that is off regular prices would be best. Not retail, but the regular price. This way, the vendor still has to compete pricewise with others in the same market while still giving us the discount.

      – Shared sign-ons would be okay as long as you weren’t sharing contact info. I can’t tell you how many email accounts now I’ve created because of learning that if you give an email to most places that require it, they’re gonna sell it for a profit. NOTE: I thank you guys. I’ve not received one junk email yet at the email I gave you. It is very much appreciated.

      – I’m sure there are some that could take advantage of it, but things like travel, car rental, industry event discounts would seem to mostly benefit businesses rather than individual users of your website. Not to say that there aren’t any business who use your site, because it’s obvious there are representatives of those business which do. However, how many of us can afford $2k out of pocket to attend Microsoft’s meeting in Orlando, even with a 25% off coupon, plus the hotel and rental car and meals and goodies? Not saying you shouldn’t do those, but just don’t forget the little guy in thinking about what discounts you attain, e.g.- Don’t just hit up Microsoft for discounts.

      Those are my suggestions. My 5 top things to get discounted would be:

      Society memberships

      that reminds me…I need to go look at your store. Thanks 🙂

    • #3248731

      Stuff I can’t get elsewhere

      by bhunsinger ·

      In reply to TechRepublic membership benefits

      Beta software would be cool, as would coffee mugs.

      • #3248644

        I’ll get you a coffee mug.

        by oz_media ·

        In reply to Stuff I can’t get elsewhere

        Where do you live that you can’t get one? They sell ’em all over the place here in Canada. I figured mugs were pretty much available worldwide.

        I could even make you one if you want? Would machine steel work or stainless?

        Send me $79.95 and I’ll send you a mug in 24 hours.

        Sorry, just being a knob. 🙂

        • #3248634


          by cuteelf ·

          In reply to I’ll get you a coffee mug.

          For a minute i was thinking mugshots…eww.

          Back on topic:

          DEEEEEEEP discounts on good hardware.
          DEEEEEEEP discounts on good software.
          as in enterprise level/ small biz not just the homeuser junk.
          Like a discount on switchs/bladeservers …

          Ok, group pricing discount for vendor seminars.
          Gp pricing for IT seminars/shows/stuff like that.
          Discounts for tests/certs.

          Save money on all this stuff…as geeks we need to keep up with the current info, and its bloody expensive.


        • #3248582

          Good idea….if

          by oz_media ·

          In reply to Mug?

          YOu live in the US I suppose.

          Problem with discounts on software and vendors, as always, they are for US based products, seminars and companies that rarely ship elsewhere, and if they do it’s at exorbitant costs. So while it may work for some, there are many thousands of TR members NOT based in teh USA.

          Being a global forum, I would prefer to see TR offer goodies and be prepared for global shipping.

        • #3248617

          send me

          by jck ·

          In reply to I’ll get you a coffee mug.

          $50 and I’ll send you a “Hunter’s Excuses” mug.

          or you could go order a “I Love The Iraqi Information Minister” mug online. 😉

        • #3248557

          Send me $50

          by cuteelf ·

          In reply to send me

          And I’ll send you a mugshot 🙂 of me.

        • #3248530


          by oz_media ·

          In reply to Send me $50

          Do I feel privaledged now. 😉

          Heard anything back from your prospects yet?

          I wonder if I COULD get copies of my mugs, that would be neat to blow up and frame.

        • #3247141


          by cuteelf ·

          In reply to Wow

          one called me back and said no thank you

          the ohter hasnt called me back at all yet..spsoed to hear on friday.

          im going to call a couple contacts in town and see if they want to start’s paid for by a university program. Pysses me off tbh, that I’ve got 2 certs, working on #3, and am an intelligent smart woman w/ no job.

          Fracking stupid farkin snarfism grakfong.


        • #3247116

          It’s out there

          by oz_media ·

          In reply to well

          You just have to keep your chin up and your eyes wide open.

          The problem is, everyone else has certs and diplomas too, you just need to find someone looking for something unique that only you offer, in most cases these days it’s a matter of ‘fit’ more than experience or training. You just need to be patient, hit hard and find that fit, it’s there, not to worry you’ll find it.

        • #3246896

          Keep your chin up

          by jck ·

          In reply to well


          I know it’s not the same situation…but…

          When I got ready to graduate college, I sent out resumes to over 700 companies. Yeah, I dropped a few coins on postage and all.

          Know how many job interviews I got out of 700 resumes going out all over the world? 1.

          He’s right…in the world of everyone and their dog with or without a degree having a cert or experience in something (like on guy I know…his ex had a MS in psychology…ended up a web developer)…everyone and their dog is doing computers…companies are looking for that exact fit…because they know that because of the overabundance of people who have some experience, that person is gonna be there.

          You’ll find something. It takes some time. I know all too well. You’ll be okay 🙂

        • #3246902


          by jck ·

          In reply to Send me $50

          now that’s tempting…but for $50, I’d wanna see more than the mug 😉

        • #3248013

          All you’d get

          by cuteelf ·

          In reply to hmmm…

          are my toes.

        • #3248010


          by jck ·

          In reply to All you’d get

          I already got 10 toes…no thanks. 😉

        • #3248459

          Maybe so.

          by jessie ·

          In reply to All you’d get

          But I bet her toes are cuter than your ugly smelly hairy feet anyhow!

        • #3248450

          just for the record, Jessie

          by jck ·

          In reply to All you’d get

          I’m part Cherokee indian…so, I’m not a hairy beast…

          And…you’re right…my feet are a bit ugly…mainly from getting stubbed on things at night and dropping heavy objects on them…sucks to have big feet. 😉

        • #3248399

          That records broken

          by jessie ·

          In reply to All you’d get

          As for big feet… I wear a mens’ 11(USA) or women’s 13(USA). Keeps me from falling on my face when I try to stand 😉

        • #3248361

          depending on the shoe

          by jck ·

          In reply to All you’d get

          I wear a 13/14 EEE.

          And, the feet are still growing 🙁

    • #3246980

      Free Trial Software??????

      by jaqui ·

      In reply to TechRepublic membership benefits

      all you need to do is go to the companies site and there you go, free trial right there.
      ain’t not benefit to getting free trials through TR.
      maybe a benefit FOR TR but not for us.

      • #3246893

        maybe free full-blown versions

        by jck ·

        In reply to Free Trial Software??????

        would be better, as long as they are for windows.

        Most linux software is free anyways.

        So when is that free trip, jaqui? 🙂

        • #3246809

          ask tr,

          by jaqui ·

          In reply to maybe free full-blown versions

          after all it would be a benefit for tr membership.
          and only for being the top linux guru for the year.

    • #3246979

      How about getting everything working first?

      by deepsand ·

      In reply to TechRepublic membership benefits

      Worry about the “benefits” later.

      • #3246871

        Benefits of working operations

        by craig herberg ·

        In reply to How about getting everything working first?

        Actually, it would be a great benefit to me if everything worked properly.

        • #3248052

          Form vs Function.

          by deepsand ·

          In reply to Benefits of working operations

          We seem to be at the mercy of those who fail to grasp the fact that Form FOLLOWS Function.

          So, we get “Less Funtionality with Great Looks,” aka “It’s not a Flaw, it’s a Feature.”

        • #3247997

          Find your post and WIN!

          by smorty71 ·

          In reply to Form vs Function.

          Actually, if you’re able to find your disappearing posts, you can win a great prize… that we won’t send you!

          Seriously, though, we are just as frustrated with the recent issues we’ve been having with performance as you are. And we’re working very hard to resolve them.

          However, we’ve never tried to pass any of these things off as a feature. And while the looks have changed in the process, our first priority has always been providing solid functionality.

          BTW, we are deploying some things this week that should help. We’ll keep everyone posted.


        • #3247995

          LOL got ya

          by jamesrl ·

          In reply to Find your post and WIN!

          In the Technical Q&A section Bfilm started the “where is James mug?” question. It says there are 24 answers, I’ve only seen 11 at one time, and after I posted my own response, it dissapeared for days.

          In the end its a just a lark posting so no harm no foul, but if I had a serious issue to deal with, it might be very frustrating.


        • #3247991

          That one is driving us crazy, too.

          by smorty71 ·

          In reply to LOL got ya

          The disappearing post has been something we’ve been working to debug.

          Out of curiousity, when was the last time that you noticed one of your posts disappearing?

          Any more details anyone could provide as to the circumstances under which their posts have disappeared would be helpful.


        • #3247968

          My thoughts

          by av . ·

          In reply to That one is driving us crazy, too.

          The last time I had a disappearing post was about February. One thing I had noticed was that even if I didn’t see my post, the thread was still listed in my discussions. I had only posted once to that thread.

          Anytime my posts have disappeared, its always been in a long thread.

        • #3247899

          Re. disappearing posts.

          by deepsand ·

          In reply to That one is driving us crazy, too.

          I’ve had several recent incidents where I received e-mail notifications of new posts, but was unable to view them by going to the root of the thread.

          I did, however, determine that if I used the link in the e-mail to go to the specific messageID, and post a reply, the invisible post then became visible!

        • #3247891


          by jaqui ·

          In reply to That one is driving us crazy, too.


          almost 60% of my posts have disapeared today.

        • #3248495

          Well the “James mug” Technical Q&A

          by jamesrl ·

          In reply to That one is driving us crazy, too.

          was this week.

          There was another thread in which I posted twice cause the first one didnt appear. That was this week too.

        • #3248475

          Thanks for the details

          by smorty71 ·

          In reply to That one is driving us crazy, too.

          Thanks for providing more insight into the disappearing thread issue. We’ll keep you all posted as we work through it… and, hopefully, you’ll actually be able to see those posts.

        • #3248465


          by jessie ·

          In reply to That one is driving us crazy, too.

          I would say that 60% of YOUR posts disappearing IS a feature!!! 😉 I’d even be tempted to PAY for THAT feature! 🙂

        • #3249161


          by jaqui ·

          In reply to That one is driving us crazy, too.


          shh, don’t advertise that, tr will do the same as with the mugs.
          make a promise then not deliver so you would be paying for nothing.

        • #3247900

          Any & all pleasant surprises will be gratefully accepted.

          by deepsand ·

          In reply to Find your post and WIN!

          Not to mention duly rewarded – if, that is, I can figure out where & how to get the reward to you guys.

        • #3248245


          by cuteelf ·

          In reply to Any & all pleasant surprises will be gratefully accepted.

          New Feature! Neat! Fun!

          Its called…..*drum roll*

          Random Censorship!

          You can be saying a perfectly good sentence when some of it may disappear!

          Hi, you. How __s y_ur day? Oh, g___ dear. _ell, I’m _f to __ag.

        • #3249190

          And, it’s easy to emulate!

          by deepsand ·

          In reply to Ooh

          Who would know the difference?

        • #3247893


          by jaqui ·

          In reply to Find your post and WIN!

          “However, we’ve never tried to pass any of these things off as a feature.”

          naturally not, you might be pro microsoft, but you don’t have delusions of being microsoft.

        • #3248477

          Thanks, I think

          by smorty71 ·

          In reply to well

          I guess I’ll take that as a compliment. BTW, I’m pro whatever works.


        • #3249160

          it wasn’t

          by jaqui ·

          In reply to Thanks, I think

          directected personally, but at tr itself for being pro ms.
          after all, 90% of content is targeted at ms products.
          75% of advertising is for ms.

          and yup, saying you ( tr ) are not delusional is a compliment… misguided ( to much ms stuff ) but not delusional.

        • #3248417


          by oz_media ·

          In reply to Find your post and WIN!

          TR is a FREE offering, not a paid one. Sure you CAN get TPG memberships but these ‘site features’ are provided for free and nobody is forced to be here. People do flock here by the thousands though so they must be doing something right.

          Like my dad always said when I turned my nose up at dinner, “You’ll get what you’re given and you’ll bloody well like it!”.

          But I still like to give the TR staff a hard time too.

          Now, I just have to go and wash my face I think, I have this wierd smell on my nose now….kinda like…..s***

        • #3248191

          Re: “It’s not a Flaw, it’s a Feature.”

          by craig herberg ·

          In reply to Form vs Function.

          So. . . what part of Redmond are you from? 🙂

        • #3249189

          The part that’s near …

          by deepsand ·

          In reply to Re: “It’s not a Flaw, it’s a Feature.”

          Penn State.

    • #3248490

      Calendar – The Girls of TR

      by jdclyde ·

      In reply to TechRepublic membership benefits

      Oh my. That would be something.

      Polos and mugs are good too, but I want that calendar. Would go great in my new Guy Cave!

      • #3248462

        Something to be said for mystery

        by jamesrl ·

        In reply to Calendar – The Girls of TR

        As long as we don’t have pics, all the women here are gorgeous and the men handsome.

        I actually think that too much skin is not flattering to many women – many women look better in a one piece bathing suit than a bikini. And lingerie on a woman is often more sexy than nakedness.

        But maybe thats just me.


        • #3248457

          Trust me.

          by jessie ·

          In reply to Something to be said for mystery

          You’re better off envisioning me as a beautifully pregnant fertility goddess… the reality… is something only a husband could love. 🙂

        • #3248448

          I’d like to be first to…

          by jck ·

          In reply to Something to be said for mystery

          dismiss the idea that I’m handsome.

          I’m tall…and average…

          There…dream time ended, ladies 😉

        • #3248444


          by itgirli ·

          In reply to I’d like to be first to…

          you just had to go and tell us the truth. oh darn.

        • #3248443

          yeah I know

          by jck ·

          In reply to great.

          it’s breakin your heart…

          how about I send you a free mug? 😉

      • #3248451

        by itgirli ·

        In reply to Calendar – The Girls of TR

        Well I think it was a good idea anyway. At least you are trying.

        • #3248409

          Fellas got to try

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to

          Ok, if not the babes of TR, there is always the server room of the month or the worst wiring nightmare awards.

          Boy do I have entries for that last one.

      • #3248415

        Sure would be

        by oz_media ·

        In reply to Calendar – The Girls of TR

        The boys of TR! Sorry guys, but lets be realistic here, Jay and Shawn just aren’t gonna be adorning my rec room wall anytime soon.

        Can just picture Jay with his baby doll santa suit for December….shudder.

        NOw I have to go and look at something nice just to get THAT image out of my head before I chuck.

        • #3248406

          Oh I didn’t need that

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to Sure would be

          Oh I didn’t need that visual. There WILL be retrobution!

          I suppose Santa was spanking you telling you what a bad boy you have been in your visual there?

        • #3248397


          by itgirli ·

          In reply to Oh I didn’t need that

          And I thought I was the only one who had that dream….. (but in mine I was a bad GIRL)

        • #3248395

          ME too

          by oz_media ·

          In reply to wow

          Actually one of my favorite dreams, and yes I HAVE been a BAD BAD girl!! Now give me back my soother and let my cry some more.

        • #3248362

          in my dreams

          by jck ·

          In reply to ME too

          it’s white picket fences, kids in the yard with the grandparents…and me and the wife upstairs makin more kids 😀

          Of course, it’s all a dream…

        • #3248345

          my dream

          by itgirli ·

          In reply to in my dreams

          Is to be sitting on the couch watch soccer while my man is in the kitchen fixing me a drink and lunch, vacuuming the floors, cleaning the bathrooms, and whatever else I can train him to do.

        • #3248341

          One of my favorite videos

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to in my dreams

          is a hot babe, stripped down, down on her hands and knees, cleaning the bathroom.

          It just looks oh so right.

          If ya come over ITgirli, I make GREAT drinks and can cook too. The rest of the list leaves a little to be desired.

        • #3248327


          by jck ·

          In reply to in my dreams

          I would be perfect for ya, ITgirli…cept, I don’t need the training. I come already raised by 3 older, control-freak women who taught me to do “chores” from about the age of 5.

          Sorry…I’m always such the disappointment.

          BTW…you gonna watch Arsenal v Chelsea on FSC on Wed at 3pm? 😉

        • #3248323


          by itgirli ·

          In reply to in my dreams

          I’ll be at work.

        • #3248321

          Sorry to hear that…

          by jck ·

          In reply to in my dreams

          I’m feelin a bit weak right now…I might not make it all the way through the day tomorrow. *cough cough*

          hm…sick leave…it’s what’s for soccer matches. 🙂

        • #3248281

          sick leave?

          by itgirli ·

          In reply to in my dreams

          what’s sick leave? next you’ll be talking about this thing called a vacation. where do you people get these ideas?

        • #3248258

          I worked in private sector

          by jck ·

          In reply to sick leave?

          for a decade…I got out of it for a reason…

          because in private sector if you do your job the best, you can still be fired to give your boss’ son-in-law a job.

          in public sector if I do my job and do nothing illegal, they have no grounds to terminate me.

          I might make 30% less than I did, but at least my pension fund is guaranteed by the government itself.

          So, I’ll be an average old man and know I got money coming, rather than being abused by private enterprise and wondering if my pension will be there when I’m 65.

        • #3248246


          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to in my dreams

          jck, you jumed a level past max. How did you manage that?

          And the problem with public is when there is the downsizing.

          Good luck either way.

        • #3249186

          jck – share the wealth.

          by deepsand ·

          In reply to in my dreams

          How did you manage to post a level past max.?

        • #3249105

          Just ask Jay

          by jck ·

          In reply to in my dreams

          I am the finder of technical loopholes.

          To be honest, I have no idea. Lemme try and re-create it or something. I didn’t even notice. I just posted and went back to finalizing DoCmd method calls for Access reporting.

        • #3248393

          You had to go and say Retribution!

          by oz_media ·

          In reply to Oh I didn’t need that


          [u][b]Judas Rising[/b][/u]

          White bolt of lightning
          Came out of nowhere
          Blinded the darkness
          Creating the storm
          War in the heavens
          Vengeance ignited
          Torment and tempest
          Attacks like a swarm

          Forged out of Flame
          From chaos to destiny
          Bringer of pain
          Forever undying

          Judas is Rising

          Eternal betrayer
          Ice cold and evil
          Taking no prisoners
          Dark prince of the world
          Humanity trembles
          Enslaving you sinners
          You can’t beg for mercy
          For none will be saved
          The burden of sin
          Echoes the prophecy
          Ascending from hell
          Forever despising

          Judas is Rising

          Their faith is revealed
          Deceivers are crying
          By crucified steel

          Judas is Rising
          Now THAT’s Going into todays MP3 Playlist!

          Sunny and warm, time to go for a hike up to the lake!

          Thank you very much sir! You just made my day.

        • #3248259

          Sure is funny

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to You had to go and say Retribution!

          how even a serious topic like this can be dragged kicking and screaming in every other direction. Talk about deviations from the beaten path.

          Hope your hike was a good one.

        • #3248192

          Gonna wait now

          by oz_media ·

          In reply to Sure is funny

          Bit too muggy so I went to the wharf visited a friend or two instead. Maybe go walkabout in the evening.

        • #3249095

          I hope your two friends were…

          by jck ·

          In reply to Gonna wait now

          Jim Beam and Jack Daniels

        • #3249081

          it is

          by itgirli ·

          In reply to Sure is funny

          by the time i read your post, I couldn’t remember what the topic was. These things never stay on topic. They just slowly spiral into the abyss and become mutated into threads on drinking and sex. It’s deplorable, I tell you. You sick b@st@rds, how do you sleep at night? Dirty, old men.

        • #3249076

          I would like to be the first to

          by jck ·

          In reply to it is

          apologize to you, ITgirli.

          I’ll do my best not to offend you any further.

          So, could I make it up to you by getting you a shot of Jameson’s? 😉

        • #3249070


          by itgirli ·

          In reply to it is

          Though not necessarily the Webster’s version of the word irony, I am often there pushing it towards the dirty direction (with pride, mind you), so when I said that I was trying to be facetious.

        • #3249064

          I know you were

          by jck ·

          In reply to it is

          it’s why after you mentioned drinking and sex, I offered the Jameson’s…

          I tried to participate…oh well

          I’m just gonna go read Reader’s Digest or something. Work doesn’t appeal to me after a night with no sleep.

        • #3249059

          Just like a man….

          by itgirli ·

          In reply to it is

          “it’s why after you mentioned drinking and sex, I offered the Jameson’s…”

          Is that all I’m offered? you pick the drinking?

        • #3249054

          a tip…

          by jessie ·

          In reply to it is

          He says he’s got big feet, but he calls his favorite toy, “little buddy.” I think you’re better off with the drink.

        • #3249050

          Well to hell with me for tryin then, eh?

          by jck ·

          In reply to it is

          I mean…you’d think I’d just poured you a warm Budweiser or some Usher’s Green Stripe.

          Christ…next thing you know you’ll have me washing your dishes because cooking your dinner just wasn’t enough. 😉

        • #3249047


          by itgirli ·

          In reply to it is

          Indeed, I do believe you are right. Thank you for bringing that to my attention. That’s what he gets for bringing it out in the open.

          and jck, yes. cooking and cleaning.

        • #3249046

          oh jessie

          by jck ·

          In reply to it is

          don’t pick on me…

          and by the way, it was “little bubba”…and, I was using a colloquial term to make it sound a little more hillbilly-ish.

          sorry I tried to add some regional flavor to the dialogue…no Jameson’s for you…and you definitely don’t get to know what the real nickname for my “toy” now 😉

        • #3249042

          you girls

          by jck ·

          In reply to it is

          you’ll never know…that’s all I can say.

          Gotta love women. At least, until they stick the knife in your back.

          No free drinks for either of you. I’m saving them for Oz and jdclyde…they’ll appreciate them 😛

        • #3249029

          s’okay by me…

          by jessie ·

          In reply to it is

          I can’t drink right now anyway… being pg with our 5th child… and I OBVIOUSLY don’t need to know the name of YOUR toy… as hubby let’s me play with his whenever the urge strikes 😉

        • #3249026

          I’m very happy for you

          by jck ·

          In reply to it is

          I hope you get many more play times.

        • #3249018


          by itgirli ·

          In reply to it is

          I must once again remark on how off topic we are… but since we are going in this direction anyway…

          Why not see the reason behind why we have topics that steer in that direction. The “method” behind the madness.

    • #3249010


      by itgirli ·

      In reply to TechRepublic membership benefits

      So is this thread everything you hoped for, or have you realized that we just can’t be helped or happy?

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