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TechRepublic Pro - Benefit or Boondoggle?

By JonathanPDX ·
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I checked into the TechRepublic Pro membership and was flabbergasted (yeah, that term fits!) to see that it was $129!

Then I looked to see what benefits that $129 would get me, and all I see is the offer of a few downloads that I could probably find elsewhere on the web.

Does anyone else have more insight as to the benefits of joining (or lack thereof) beyond making one's wallet a lot lighter?

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I'd like to know also but looks like no replies!

by terrellodom In reply to TechRepublic Pro - Benefi ...

I'd be interested in getting some insight on this membership too. Even at the reduced rate of $99 I still think that's a nice chunk of money just for downloads!

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well

by Jaqui In reply to I'd like to know also but ...

excuse the lack of replies, but it is very easy to miss a post since TR switched to a web 2.0 model for the community sections of the site.

I tried it, and wasn't impressed with what was available, but then all the MS only content is of zero use for me so there was very little I could make use of. [ 99.995% being MS only on all CNET sites it seems ]

You may find that it is worthwhile, you may not.

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TechRepublic Pro Benefits

Whoops! Sorry about the lack of replies to this post. I missed the comment until it was pointed out by Beth Blakely one of our great Community Editors.

Anyway - about TechRepublic Pro. There are over 300 exclusive downloads that are included in a TechRepublic Pro membership. These downloads consist of several different things, including ready to use forms, spreadsheets, policies, procedures, checklists, and so forth. The main idea is that TechRepublic Pro downloads are designed to take some of the tedium out of IT work and to help you get your job done more efficiently.

There are also ebooks that cover lots of different topics than Microsoft stuff, as one poster here incorrectly mentioned. There are administrator guides for networking, wireless, Macs, and Linux. It's hardly 99% Windows.

If you click the Store link, almost all of those downloads available in the Store on a Pay Per View basis are available as a TRPro member along with 200 additional downloads, some of which are electronic versions of Books and CDs that we used to sell. If you bought the downloads out of the Store that are available as part of a TRPro subscription, it would cost you over $3500, so the $129 rate is a pretty good deal. We add new downloads to the library at a steady rate, so that value only gets better.

To see all of the downloads that are available for free as a part of a TRPro subscription, follow this url:

http://downloads.techrepublic.com.com/search.aspx?compid=26018

Thanks for asking!

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re: TechRepublic Pro Benefits

by dericlaw In reply to TechRepublic Pro Benefits

I am interested in subscibing techrepublic pro membership for my job,

can you give me a few exmaple for the following?

"If you click the Store link, almost all of those downloads available in the Store on a Pay Per View basis are available as a TRPro member along with 200 additional downloads, some of which are electronic versions of Books and CDs that we used to sell."

Deric Law

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Did you try

by w2ktechman In reply to re: TechRepublic Pro Bene ...

maybe -- clicking the link???
Click on store and look about

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"Surely there's a TR Pro member active in this forum!"

by CharlieSpencer In reply to TechRepublic Pro - Benefi ...

"Apparently not, and stop calling me 'Shirley'!"

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Doubt it

by The Listed 'G MAN' In reply to "Surely there's a TR Pro ...

They have their own, better 'than the mortals' forum in the membership area. To post here would invalidate the large wedge the parted with for access to the special content.

As I type they are no doubt discussing the near reality of time travel and the much famed world peace plans.

Edit: WOW forgot I typed this - the subjects are so 2008....

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Well for $350

by Dumphrey In reply to TechRepublic Pro - Benefi ...

you can get the MS Technet subscription, which actually does have alot of benefit if you use/evaluate MS software alot. And as an IT pro, the member ship is tax deductable if you pay for it yourself as an education related expense or as an un-reimbursed job related expense. (So you may save $1.20 on you taxes if you itemize ;\
As for a TR pro... I can not say have ever been tempted.

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