gettin' a case won't do the trick, they'll steal the case, but I would suggest putting your laptop in something no one would steal, like a ****ty backback with holes. and do not use the laptop in overly crowded areas. like restaraunts, maybe a nice deli would do. a library is always fine, since most of them have those detectors.. my local one even has 4 bodygaurds that work shifts.
heh thats berkeley for ya.
airplanes and airports.. hmmm I'm not suggesting that one, on the plane might be fine, and I'm sure you'll use it cause the in-flight movie is ALWAYS Patch Adams or Meet the Parents. so you'll definitly want to use the computer and play some ghost recon, or if you can get a connection. some cs couldn't do any harm.
but its a crowded area, the less people.. the less probability one of them is a klepto.
your laptop, is yer mechanic baby, would you leave it on the table?