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My powerbook was stolen.

post #1 of 42
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like two hours ago.

my isight and ipod charger were in the same bag.

fuck fuck
post #2 of 42
Shit, what happened? Did you just leave your bag unattended somewhere, or did someone yank it from you? I see unattended backpacks and other assorted bags left out WAY too often at my job at the library. The problem is, I usually can't tell whether the person picking up the bag is the rightful owner or not. But it's certainly a problem here.
post #3 of 42
I don't let mine out of my sight. I even keep my foot in the shoulder strap during class. I don't even let the thought of it getting stolen enter my mind. Could you give us more info on how it was stolen? I could not even imagine of mine was ever stolen. I know this is late for you, but for everybody else, FYI, to insure about $7000+ worth of cameras, lenses, 17" PB, etc. is costing about $247 bucks a year. Covers pretty much everything except "earth movement and floods." Even my errors, like if I drop something. Totally worth it. I am extremely sorry that your PB got stolen.

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post #4 of 42
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I left it in the car.

I think I left the doors locked, who knows.

I get back and the bag was gone. They didn't take my iPod mini though.
post #5 of 42
aww man, that's lame!

what's the word on getting a new one? insurance?
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post #6 of 42
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Originally posted by Wrong Robot
aww man, that's lame!

what's the word on getting a new one? insurance?

I can buy a new one I am just worried about the fact that my entire life was in that machine.
post #7 of 42
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i bought some stuff online with that computer. should I cancel my credit card?
post #8 of 42
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Originally posted by soulcrusher
i bought some stuff online with that computer. should I cancel my credit card?

Not unless you did something silly like record the card numbers in a file somewhere. No one's going to get it from either cookies or history files.

EDIT - then again, if you have iTMS one-click purchasing enabled...
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post #9 of 42
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Originally posted by FormerLurker
Not unless you did something silly like record the card numbers in a file somewhere. No one's going to get it from either cookies or history files.

EDIT - then again, if you have iTMS one-click purchasing enabled...

i'd get an email confirmation from apple about the $1 purchase.

so if it happens I can cancel then.

also, if they get into the internet without a clean install then I will see my address inutilbasura.homedns.org up. and I can get their IP.
post #10 of 42
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Originally posted by soulcrusher
also, if they get into the internet without a clean install then I will see my address inutilbasura.homedns.org up. and I can get their IP.

Well that might actually work!
Chances are pretty low that a car B&E kid, or even his fence, are smart enough to clean install.
It sucks, same thing happened to a Wallstreet of mine years ago (stolen out of backseat of car). Fortunately I had a week-old backup so it was mostly the $$ loss that hurt.
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post #11 of 42
call the cops... you are a student right?
file a stolen property report with the campus police...

where was the car when it was stolen? any chance of video surveillance in the area? (IE popular entrances/exits... unless of course they were driving a car...)

you know the approx time of day?
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post #12 of 42
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Originally posted by Paul
call the cops... you are a student right?
file a stolen property report with the campus police...

where was the car when it was stolen? any chance of video surveillance in the area? (IE popular entrances/exits... unless of course they were driving a car...)

you know the approx time of day?

I am home now. Not in school.

The car was in the parking lot when the powerbook was stolen.

I asked the security guard and he said he didn't see anything.
post #13 of 42
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Originally posted by soulcrusher
I am home now. Not in school.

The car was in the parking lot when the powerbook was stolen.

I asked the security guard and he said he didn't see anything.

ah damn...

costa rica right? or colombia? I forget ...

ummm insurance?

do you have a password on the machine?
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post #14 of 42
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Quote:
Originally posted by Paul
ah damn...

costa rica right? or colombia? I forget ...

ummm insurance?

do you have a password on the machine?

costa rica. I do have a password in the machine but it logs in automatically when it starts up.
post #15 of 42
I never trust security anywhere, they get paid to watch property, and get paid to "look away" as well, ya know what I'm sayin.

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post #16 of 42
Damn that sucks! I'm sorry to hear it. You weren't at Dook at the time? I was going to say "Durham..." but I guess it can happen anywhere...
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I groaned out loud when I saw this thread title. Sincerest commiserations. I'd cry for days.
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post #18 of 42
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Originally posted by FormerLurker
Not unless you did something silly like record the card numbers in a file somewhere. No one's going to get it from either cookies or history files.

EDIT - then again, if you have iTMS one-click purchasing enabled...

1-click could save your life - have apple and your card co work together and if this bastard is dumb enough to use it, bingo - we have a location, unless he was useing an open wi-fi share to do it whch, outside of downtown in a large metro, arent easy to find. apple gives him the song, turns his IP over to the card co and the feds and blamo, he is popped for theft, creadit fraud and depending how crazy he goes, ID theft.
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post #19 of 42
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Originally posted by soulcrusher
also, if they get into the internet without a clean install then I will see my address inutilbasura.homedns.org up. and I can get their IP.

I was in a similar position when I lived in Madrid 4 years ago. Some caballeros burgled my house and ran off with my desktop. The Police got very interested when I explained that they could tail the burglars if they dialed up my ISP - but unfortunately they never did, and the computer was never found.

I also knew that because of auto-complete on at least one online store, my CC number was on the computer. For peace of mind, I had to cancel the lot. Then there was the agonising wait for the new card to arrive in the mail, which I could then use to buy a new computer.
post #20 of 42
shit. You have my sympathies.

I had my powerbook stolen a year ago too. Damn nightmare it was.
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post #21 of 42
I remember seeing a Bond film years ago - one of the later Moore ones, perhaps "For Your Eyes Only" - and his Lotus had a "theft deterrent" sticker on the window. Some goon commences to breaking window and the entire car explodes, taking goon with it.



I don't advocate exploding laptops - not yet - but I think it would be cool if you could rig a laptop up with some sort of massive electrical shock device, and anyone who doesn't log in properly gets a Tazer-level jolt or two.

Also, some sort of GPS-based Lo-Jack type of device, embedded in the chip or body, so you - or the authorities - could track the stolen laptop.

One - the shock - would be a deterrent and not allow anyone to even USE your laptop. Then while they slink away in pain, you could put a trace on the device and go find it.



I'm sure they stole it due to hard economic times caused by the Bush administration and whatnot, and that he couldn't help it and was pretty much justified in taking what doesn't belong to him, because, hey...nobody was hurt and there's an illegal war going on, conducted by an appointed President (hey, just trying to live in ShawnPatrick's shoes for a minute or two...absolutely terrifying).



On a serious and sincere note, I'm truly sorry about your PowerBook being stolen. That's horrible. I, too, have "my entire life" on my PowerBook and I know exactly how I'd feel if some asshole took it. Pictures, songs, writing, journal, art, projects, illustrations, everything set the way I like it, etc.



It's just wrong. People work hard to buy things and it's not right for someone to just take that. I hate a thief, and I'd go toe-to-toe with one in a heartbeat, just on principle. It's not yours to take, fuckhead. No excuse for this low-rent behavior.

And, at 3% marketshare, there's a very good chance the bastard knows nothing about Macs anyway. He wasn't stealing "a PowerBook he's always wanted". He was just "stealing a computer", and, chances are, won't know the first damn thing to do with it. That almost makes it worse...



Watch him try to call tech support...the sheer balls.

"Yeah, uh...hello? Yeah, I, um, got this laptop here...and, uh, I think it's messed up because there ain't no "Start" button in the corner. And the window says "X", but there's no "P" afterwards. My name? Uh, John Smith..."

Dick.
post #22 of 42
Are you drunk?

(That's referring to the extended AO rave not the following.)

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Originally posted by pscates
I don't advocate exploding laptops - not yet - but I think it would be cool if you could rig a laptop up with some sort of massive electrical shock device, and anyone who doesn't log in properly gets a Tazer-level jolt or two.

Death rays. I want death rays.
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post #23 of 42
You got lucky it was in the car. Insurance will pay for it.
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Are you drunk? (That's referring to the extended AO rave not the following.)

Are you a humorless handwringer?

One paragraph, done in humor (see, that's what those smiley/laughing faces mean) is an "extended AO rave"? Really? Interesting.

Or are you referring to the completely out-of-line, wild-ass section where I advocate the radical notion of people not stealing shit that isn't theirs? The horror! The intolerance!



Scott, that good news about the insurance. I was wondering about that, so that's cool.
post #25 of 42
I feel your pain. Just had my other favourite silver thing, my bicycle, stolen last night.

Commiserations.
post #26 of 42
My wife just had her Palm and camera stolen a couple of weeks ago. Things like that get a person worked up enough that if there were a ballot issue to implement public hangings for such offenses, it would definitely get my vote.
post #27 of 42
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I just realized my passport was in that bag.

FUCK

I want to kill myself.
post #28 of 42
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Originally posted by torifile
Damn that sucks! I'm sorry to hear it. You weren't at Dook at the time? I was going to say "Durham..." but I guess it can happen anywhere...



Classic...
post #29 of 42
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Originally posted by pscates
I remember seeing a Bond film years ago - one of the later Moore ones, perhaps "For Your Eyes Only" - and his Lotus had a "theft deterrent" sticker on the window. Some goon commences to breaking window and the entire car explodes, taking goon with it.

Yes, so they had to take the Citroen instead, hilarity ensues.

Poor Lotus though.
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post #30 of 42
Man, reading this thread makes me even more cautious about protecting my new 12" PB from theft. I'm very sorry your PowerBook got stolen. Hopefully your insurance will cover it.

I keep my Home folder FileVaulted and require a password when waking from sleep, so if someone were to steal my 'Book, they won't get access to my files (easily, at least).
post #31 of 42
Yeah, what's up with filevault? Does it work OK? I keep anything remotely linked to money on an encrypted disk image and I'd use filevault if I knew it was safe.

soulcrusher, six years or so ago I lost a wallet/datebook and eventually just convinced myself it was life telling me to start over a little. Of course, I still look back every time I stand up from a seat to make sure I don't leave anything.

I would certainly change credit cards, though, just in case.
post #32 of 42
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Yeah, what's up with filevault? Does it work OK? I keep anything remotely linked to money on an encrypted disk image and I'd use filevault if I knew it was safe.

soulcrusher, six years or so ago I lost a wallet/datebook and eventually just convinced myself it was life telling me to start over a little. Of course, I still look back every time I stand up from a seat to make sure I don't leave anything.

I would certainly change credit cards, though, just in case.

Filevault works but only when you're not logged in. If you've got your computer set to log in automatically, you're SOL in that regard. Similarly, if you've got encrypted disk images, but have the passwords in your keychain and your keychain set to never lock, you're again SOL. There are things in place to keep our data secure, but the trade off in time and convenience often doesn't convince us to use them. :/

The bottom line is that if you want to be safe, all the security measures in the world won't do a damn thing to help you if you're too impatient/lazy/etc to use them.

-t

ps - soulcrusher, I was in no way calling you lazy or careless. I was just commenting on the utility of these security measures. I hope nothing unrecoverable was lost.
post #33 of 42
That does suck.

In answer to the FileVault question, I actually decided to start using it a month ago. I know its initial implementation was buggy, so I waited a while. But so far it works fine. I can't even tell the difference in performance (from the on-the-fly encrypt/decrypt). I think it's a good feature. In addition, I have the following enabled:

NO autologin. EVER. Whenever I carry it anywhere, I log out and sleep it.

Enable the Open Firmware password. This prevents someone from booting off an OS X install CD and resetting the account password. In order to boot off ANY other disk other than the internal drive they have to crack the OF pass. If they try to take the drive out and boot it in another machine, then FlieVault should foil them.

I also have it set that you need to enter the account password to change any important settings, but thats just so that no one can f-ck anything up if I let them use it for sec

Using encryption on a laptop makes a ton of sense. Especially if it's your only machine (like me) and you use it for all sorts of personal business.
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post #34 of 42
i have to ask since no one else did. why did you leave it in the car was it in the trunk or in plain view?

man, i don't even leave sunglasses in my car
post #35 of 42
This is making me have second thoughts about getting a Powerbook.

Monitor the DynamicDNS address, though. A friend of mine had his laptop stolen, and the theif booted it up at his house and he was able to call up the ISP and nail the asshole.
post #36 of 42
So is it possible for me to access my encrypted home folder if I drop it onto another system?
post #37 of 42
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Originally posted by CubeDude
This is making me have second thoughts about getting a Powerbook.

This is part of the reason why, when I wanted a portable for mobile internet access and presentations for school, I bought a 233 MHz Wallstreet for about $250 instead of going for a laptop as my only system. I could have afforded to get a 12" PowerBook (or an older 15") as my only computer if I were to sell my desktop, but I didn't want to give up the power my desktop has, and I really didn't want my computer to be suceptible to theft in that way. That laptop of mine is certainly nice (thank god for the G3 processor, really helps things along in OS 9), but not nearly nice enough to make me want to shoot myself if it gets stolen. I know that if someone mugs me on the street and wants my laptop, I can just say "My life is definitely worth more than $250" and hand it over.

The only problem is that it's still so good-looking (even by today's standards) that appearance really isn't a theft deterrant. Sure, it's a bit thick and heavy (2" and 7.2 lbs), but the curves and simple design are still attractive. You really have to go all the way back to the PowerBook 100-series or 500-series if you want an ugly PowerBook, but those aren't really useful for anything.
post #38 of 42
I feel really for you soulcrusher - my place was burgled a little while ago and the got my wallstreet G3, TV and stereo, PA system, mixing board, Nikon s90 and lenses, 8 track tape recorder, my roland A90, marshal speaker cabinets, and some other stuff. Truthfully it has F-uped my life and I've been walking around like a zombie ever since.

soulcrusher, make sure you check out the pawn shops in the area, you might get lucky.
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post #39 of 42
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I feel your pain. Just had my other favourite silver thing, my bicycle, stolen last night.

Commiserations.

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post #40 of 42
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I feel really for you soulcrusher - my place was burgled a little while ago and the got my wallstreet G3, TV and stereo, PA system, mixing board, Nikon s90 and lenses, 8 track tape recorder, my roland A90, marshal speaker cabinets, and some other stuff. Truthfully it has F-uped my life and I've been walking around like a zombie ever since.

That happened to a student teacher of mine while she and her husband were on honeymoon. They came back to a completely empty house. She came in for next morning's class looking half dead.

One thing you should be really careful of: The people who pull that kind of theft know that you'll get a big insurance check and replace it all, and they'll wait five or six weeks for that to happen, then come back. If you have neighbors or someone else who can keep an eye on the house during the day (when house robberies almost always occur) tell them to call 911 if they see any trucks pull up to your address.

Best of luck. I can only imagine what it's like to come home and find everything gone.
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