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pbjsandwich 06-29-2008 04:48 PM

tracking device
 
I'm still two months away from college, but I've heard horror stories about laptops and other expensive electronics being stolen in dorms. Is there a way to put a tracking device in my laptop so I would have peace of mind leaving my room for a few minutes with my notebook out in the open?

todd51 06-29-2008 05:13 PM

http://www.orbicule.com/undercover/

Google is your friend! :)

There is another really popular one that isn't just for Macs, can't remember the name of it though, can anyone refresh my memory?

Jamesmacmaybe 06-29-2008 05:25 PM

its called a kensington lock,

takes about 5 secs to put it into the unit, and it isnt going anywhere

cuhnool 06-29-2008 05:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jamesmacmaybe (Post 683092)
its called a kensington lock,

takes about 5 secs to put it into the unit, and it isnt going anywhere

Hey, that would really be useful to me!! When I travel to my mom's office building, there is a LOT of traffic by the vacant office I use, and I'm mostly either walking around with other people or in the lounge. I'm usually going back to the office and seeing if it's still there :P

I always have the mentality that someone is going to take off with it, and when I'm out helping people around the building, it bothers me like crazy. I always thought where I would find a lock for the security port on the side of my laptop ;)

todd51 06-29-2008 05:46 PM

Careful, if you see this man hide your laptop!

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...87668346205814

Just kidding: Yea most dorms highly recommend getting a lock to secure your computer to the desk or wall.

Dysfunction 06-29-2008 05:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by todd51 (Post 683087)
http://www.orbicule.com/undercover/

Google is your friend! :)

There is another really popular one that isn't just for Macs, can't remember the name of it though, can anyone refresh my memory?

LoJack.

pbjsandwich 06-29-2008 05:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by todd51 (Post 683109)
Careful, if you see this man hide your laptop!

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...87668346205814

Just kidding: Yea most dorms highly recommend getting a lock to secure your computer to the desk or wall.

That's the first thing I saw when I googled kensington lock. I've scratched that option right off after viewing the video lol

cuhnool 06-29-2008 06:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by todd51 (Post 683109)
Careful, if you see this man hide your laptop!

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...87668346205814

Just kidding: Yea most dorms highly recommend getting a lock to secure your computer to the desk or wall.


huh... forget that lock!!

Dysfunction 06-29-2008 06:41 PM

they come off even quicker with bolt cutters, but the point it to simply prevent 'snatch and grab' theft. if someone really wants to steal something, they will.

Nor Cal Nomad 06-30-2008 02:12 PM

You can also get a combo kensington...I'm doing that and getting on of the software security things also.

rcronin 07-01-2008 08:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by todd51 (Post 683087)
http://www.orbicule.com/undercover/

Google is your friend! :)

There is another really popular one that isn't just for Macs, can't remember the name of it though, can anyone refresh my memory?

That looks good. I love the isight taking pics!!! I saw that in the news a little while ago, a lady's laptop. I was wondering if it was a Mac.

So who thinks the Kensington cable and a software (Obicule/Lojack) would be good? Is the kensingon not even worth it? I would love to be able to go the bathroom without packing everything up at the ol' coffeeshop, etc.

bryphotoguy 07-01-2008 08:43 AM

Lock your dorm room door every time you leave. Novel I know but it works.

There was a kid down the hall that had his PowerBook stolen when I was in college. There was a kid across the hall from my cuz that had his iPhone stolen. Although a pain, I always kept my dorm room door locked and I never had anything stolen.


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