9. Can't take a joke (or a choke) award:
Goes to AT&T, which got its knickers in a knot over some snarky Verizon ads, then reacted with an equal lack of levity after Fake Steve Jobs satirically suggested overloading the telecom's data networks via "operation chokehold." Next thing you know, they'll be retroactively suing Lily Tomlin and "Laugh-In" for those Ernestine the Operator sketches.
10. The "Danger, danger Will Robinson" award:
Goes, naturally, to Microsoft and Danger, after a massive outage of their back-end data servers left T-Mobile Sidekick owners without their data -- or an explanation -- for more than a week. It's nice to know in a world that constantly changes, Microsoft continues to be one of the tech community's greatest asshats.
This story, "The 10 dumbest tech moves of 2009," was originally published at InfoWorld.com.