Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – June 27, 2010

24 Great Open Source Apps for Admins & Technicians – I’m always on the lookout for apps that can ease my workload or free up some room in my budget, and open source applications are an excellent way for me to accomplish both.

Google Voice Solution – Open For Business – Google Voice offers users a telephone number that will ring at three different regular telephone numbers. Calling is free in the U.S. and Canada, at discounted rates overseas.

Video: Three Windows XP Mode tips for power users – Bill Detwiler explains how to shut down and back up a Windows XP Mode virtual machine and create a shortcut to your host computer’s Documents folder.

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Skype Dials Up Group Video Calling – The Skype 5.0 Beta includes free multi-party video calling, and it attracts a lot of attention from SMBs and entrepreneurs. But is it ready as a business communications tool?

Some Secure USB Flash Drives Not So Secure – Entrusting your small business’s vital data to an encrypted USB flash drive might not be such a great idea – unless you pick one like IronKey that avoids the mistakes made with hackable (and now recalled) SanDisk and Cruzer products.

Video: Uninstall applications from Windows with Revo Uninstaller – Bill Detwiler shows you how to completely uninstall all components of a Windows application using Revo Uninstaller.

How Cybercrooks Could Cash In On Your Facebook Data – You’re sharing more than you think — and you might be surprised how much your data is worth

Hands-On with YouTube Video Editing – YouTube adds a simple online video editor that lets you trim and join clips and add a soundtrack.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Hacker High: 10 Students Who Cracked the Code – Much like Lolcats, some überteens are up in the Internet, stealing your … well, whatever they want. If you envision these kids as harmless nerds who hole themselves up in their rooms clicking away their adolescence, check out this list, which details the costly and frightening toll their computer “games” have exacted throughout recent history.

Someone Finally Built a Better Mousetrap – One of the most loved design products at this year’s International Design Excellence Awards was the OneDown mousetrap, which swings upright from horizontal due to a rodent’s own weight, to clearly indicate that it has been trapped.

Police push to continue warrantless cell tracking – As Congress begins to consider adding more privacy protections to a 1986 privacy law, including regulating cell phone tracking, tech companies will have to overcome law enforcement objections.

Say What? The Week’s Top Five IT Quotes – The technology world’s most quotable quips and comments from around the Web.

Today’s Quote:

“The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”

–   Ronald Reagan

Today’s Free Downloads:

IObit Security 360 – IObit Security 360 is a free malware and spyware removal utility that detects, removes the deepest infections, and protects your PC from various of potential spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, bots, worms, and hijackers.

TeamViewer – TeamViewer is an excellent screen-sharing and file-transfer app that can be used to facilitate business collaborations, remotely access a second computer, or help distraught relatives diagnose and cure computer problems.

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