laptop at work, theft protection, and external disk

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My laptop was recently stolen from my office and I=B4m shopping
around to buy a new one. I'm currently debating between a Powerbook
and a Linux Intel machine (I started a separate thread on this).

In this thread I'd like to hear opinions about theft protection.
My ideal would be to use the laptop everywhere, and bring it in
the office every day.
However after the recent experience, I came to the conclusion that
I will no longer trust bringing an expensive laptop in the office more
than on rare occasions, even tied to a lock. I=B4d have to lock it in a
drawer every time I leave the room, which is not feasible.

So I=B4m thinking of buying a Powerbook to use only at home and
when I travel, and a Linux desktop for the office. I can=B4t afford two
Macs. To avoid too much file transfer, I'm thinking of keeping my
home directory on an external USB or firewire laptop disk, that
I could hook up to both computers. This way I only have to carry
the disk.

Is this feasible using Mac and Linux, or are there inconveniences
due to the different systems?

Is anyone using this solution on a regular basis?

Will an external disk be slower?

Or should I stick to identical Linux installations for both computers
to keep things simple?

other theft protection suggestions are appreciated.


Re: laptop at work, theft protection, and external disk

On 22 Dec 2005 05:56:54 -0800, ""

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I've used one of the Targus Kensington lock cables to secure it to my
desk when I'm at the office.  It doesn't take up much space, doesn't
get in the way, is very easily removed when I want to take the laptop
with me and it fits into my laptop bag conveniently for use elsewhere.

Pretty easy security for about $45 USD.


Re: laptop at work, theft protection, and external disk

Bob_M wrote:

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For certain values of "security".
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(note that that is a wire-service article published in many newspapers, the
link I gave is one that still has it online).

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Re: laptop at work, theft protection, and external disk

On Fri, 23 Dec 2005 13:10:31 -0500, "J. Clarke"

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Right on, John.  As they say... you can bring a horse to water,

I am familiar with the story.  I personally use the roller type of
combination locks that are offered because I usually loose the key any
way.   At least these are a "little" more secure except when using a
sledge hammer.

Unfortunately our society has come to the point where we must worry
about the physical security of our belongings.


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