Open source laptop tracking and recovery
If you use a laptop, you have a good chance of having it lost or stolen. Learn about Adeona, a reliable open source system that can help you locate your lost or stolen laptop.
If you search on the term "laptop" at the DATALOSS db site , you'll see announcements such as "160,000 notified that personal information is on stolen laptop" or "Social Security numbers and names of about 60,000 on stolen laptops."
This same search at The Data Breach Blog  will produce additional shock thanks to headlines like "Laptops stolen from TSA contractor contain personal information of 3,930" or "Stolen laptop contains personal data of 800,000 Gap job applicants."
Other recent news headlines have included the loss of PII (Personally Identifiable Information) for 190,000 employees on stolen Anheuser-Busch laptops, or a Stanford laptop containing data concerning 72,000 current or former employees.
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Adeona outage due to OpenDHTAdeona is currently not working because the back-end service (OpenDHT on PlanetLab) is proving to be unreliable. If you would like to help us, please subscribe to the adeona-developers mailing list and see this initial post. Users may wish to subscribe to adeona-users for announcements.
ADEONAI bought the magazine for this article, When it didn't work I searched the web and found this post. I am not wasting any more time but unfortunately bookstores do not refund magazines for bad articles.
Seriously - Do you guys test this stuff?So, if you read the Adeona group message boards, you will discover that Adeona has not functioned for the past four to five months due to OpenDHT server issues. That said in the group discussion forum there are tons of people who say the software does not work, people who had had their laptop stolen and not able to recover data etc. I have installed this on several systems and found that low and behold it does not work when you try to retrieve data. I was pretty ticked off about it.
Then I get my Linux Mag and there is a review talking about how great it is. The problem is IT DOES NOT WORK. Did you guys actually test the software? Either this was written a long long time ago, or it was not tested at all.
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