Unstealable laptop… maybe…

As someone said, from BoingBoing pariah to CuteOverload star in six hours. That was fun. I’m still banned, and have gotten no reply to my letters asking for an explanation or follow-up, but I’ll post about it if I do. It’s definitely been interesting and unexpected.

To a small degree I made my netbook less steal-able by covering it with stickers (from the zombie walk prize pack, one that an IAM friend sent to Caitlin years ago, and a teddy bear from Cassie), but I’m still quite aware that it could be stolen, or, more likely, that I could lose it. I actually left it at a store a few days ago because I was helping the girls with the gumball machines and got distracted… Seeing as there’s a lot of writing on the machine, which I do back up but isn’t constantly synced, it has a great value to me. In order to increase my chances of it being returned, I changed the desktop wallpaper to a big note that has my contact details (phone and email) and says that there’s a no questions asked reward (specified exactly) for the computer’s safe return. The reward is sufficient, much more than a stolen computer could be sold for, that I’m sure that I’d get it back.

Thanks to everyone who’s been posting birthday wishes on Facebook. It’s looking like a good day so far, going to a friend’s restaurant for dinner, and yesterday I got a wonderful bunch of stuff in the mail — a nice book, some awesome knives, and a fat cheque that was totally unexpected (can’t go wrong with that). I feel very lucky. Oh and it’s also the 12th anniversary, in a way, of my relationship with Caitlin.



  1. Caitlin wrote:

    Haha, you’re so cute.

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 6:41 am | Permalink
  2. Scott wrote:

    Happy Birthday!

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 7:37 am | Permalink
  3. Jamie wrote:

    Happy Birthday :)

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 7:41 am | Permalink
  4. Will wrote:

    Happy 36th!

    If your laptop has built-in network adapters, record their MAC addresses and save them somewhere (other than on the laptop of course). If you ever lose the laptop, the authorities (or your favorite hacker) can track your laptop by the MAC address.

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 8:12 am | Permalink
  5. Elizabeth wrote:


    Again, happy day to you and to the two of you.

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 8:32 am | Permalink
  6. angela wrote:

    I knew my memory wasn’t THAT shot. Happy B-day!! Cute netbook :)

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 8:32 am | Permalink
  7. Ania wrote:

    Happy Birthday!

    I just finished Zombie Survival Guide and feel so well prepared to face the undead (and with events like this one (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/5986168/World-record-for-biggest-zombie-gathering-set-at-festival.html) better to be safe than dead ;)

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 8:41 am | Permalink
  8. peteD3 wrote:

    Happy Birthday Studly!

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 10:18 am | Permalink
  9. Jesse wrote:


    The ad at the top of your page is “East Essence” and is for up to 70% off Burqa’s.

    Oh teh interwebz.

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 11:54 am | Permalink
  10. JuanKi wrote:


    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 12:22 pm | Permalink
  11. Dara wrote:

    Happy Birthday!
    I need to do something similar to my netbook… I keep forgetting it and my purse…

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 6:37 pm | Permalink
  12. dreya wrote:

    Happy Birthday!

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 9:04 pm | Permalink
  13. MissJanet wrote:

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch nachträglich!

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 10:27 pm | Permalink
  14. Mr.E wrote:

    I’m feeling a little guilty I don’t remember all my friend’s birthday’s, so my apologies on that, happy 1 day late bday! & re: syncing/backups, well, you could (a) adopt a tiny usb stick necklace for your critical files, or/and (b) use rsync via SSH to bring your remote mirror into sync every time you connect to wifi. That’s what I’m doing, as I’m bringing my macbook.

    Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 10:17 am | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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