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..."