Just wanted to comment on the lo-jack stuff: We've had laptops and even desktops stolen at work. Our director gave out some info at one of our meetings about software that we are now using. He was talking about bios level security for tracking machines...but I'm certain he is mistaken or partly. We purchased computrace...which is by the same company "Absolute" not sure what the exact differences are between this and lojack. Computrace does software and hardware auditing as well as the tracking in the event of a theft. As of this month all our systems PC or notebook will be coming from HP with already enabled/installed. I'm hoping that coming from the vendor it will actually be bios level as I re-image every new machine that comes in. We also purchased licenses for existing laptops. From what we can tell its really only at boot record level when installing it. You can't see it anywhere on the machine with regular browsing. Howerver once a machine is re-imaged it needs be reinstalled. In our case when we re-image its copying/rewriting the partition(s) which of course blows away the boot record. So in that reguard I have a hard time convincing myself that I would purchase such software for $50/yr when its still just a software level security. However I've never had a laptop stolen from me personally *knock on wood* it is still another level of protection if the receiving party simply does a format without deleting the partition. I have been considering it for my deployment as I'll be in many places and who knows what could happen along the way. Might not be a bad idea especially for those in college if you can afford a little extra insurance. Renter's insurance is probably a good idea as well but less likely for the punk to be tracked down and punished.
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4/23/06 at 3:22pm