Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 16, 2009

The 10 most potentially hazardous Smartphones – Based on new research, learn the 10 Smartphones that emit the most radiation, the 10 that emit the least radiation, and a few quick safety tips.

Study: Yes, there is payback from social networking, Web 2.0 – Can a company effectively capture and harness the raw, roaring energy from the millions of blogs, tweets, videos, and other Web 2.0/social networking phenomena surging through our organizations and markets? Even the most optimistic analysts say it will take time before a business case can be made from all this craziness.

Six dirty tricks from enterprise vendors – Enterprise software vendors sometimes play unpleasant games to sell their products. Here are six tricks vendors use against customers.

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Seven Free Sites To Track Your Personal Information – The Consumer Reports Money Adviser has compiled a great list of sites that store your personal information and will provide free copies of their reports to you if you ask. The sites give you access to a wide range of your personal information, with links to your free annual credit report, past insurance claims, health history, checking account info, background checks, previous purchase returns, and your rental history.

Windows Bug Enables PC Hijacking, Microsoft Warns – A bug in the Server Message Block (SMB) 2 network file- and print-sharing protocol in Vista, Windows Server 2008, and the RCs of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 could be used to hijack PCs.

Symantec: Google Groups Used to Send Commands to Malware – Symantec researchers have uncovered a Trojan using a private newsgroup within Google Groups as a command and control server. The move follows an attempt to use Twitter as a C&C earlier this year.

The Windows 7 upgrade survival guide – Want to make the Windows 7 upgrade experience as short and painless as possible? Follow these seven suggestions to make the process easier.

Off Topic:

10 tips and tactics for dealing with conflict – A little common sense and preemptive action can defuse conflicts before they get out of hand. These tips will help you manage and resolve touchy situations.

5 ways to stay focused and get your goal – Dan Coughlin is a speaker, consultant, expert in business performance and the author of The Management 500: A High-Octane Formula for Business Success. Dan Coughlin’s 5 Tips for Staying Focused and Getting Your Goal.

Video: Guy Installing Skimmer On ATM – Surveillance video footage shows a man in Brazil installing a skimming device onto a bank ATM, followed by his arrest.

Commodore 64 – A Look Back at a Geek’s First PC.

10 mistakes that rookie IT consultants make – IT consulting is a tough, competitive field, and there are ample opportunities to mishandle the job. Erik Eckel offers some cautionary advice for IT consultants who are just starting out.

Today’s Quote:

“A man’s manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Today’s Free Downloads:

TrueCrypt – When you encrypt files on your hard disk, not only do you want to scramble the files, but sometimes you want to prevent others from discovering that the files even exist, a sleight-of-hand known as steganography. Not only does TrueCrypt use strong encryption when it creates encrypted volumes, but it also creates hidden volumes that are indistinguishable from random data.

Windows Movie Maker – With Movie Maker 2, you can create, edit, and share your home movies. You create movies with drag-and-drop commands, and you can edit your footage so you highlight only the best scenes. Then you can share your movie via the Web, e-mail, or CD; you can also save your movie back to the video tape in your camera to play back on a TV or on the camera itself.

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