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Date:      Sat, 07 Oct 2006 12:24:25 +0200
From:      Erik Norgaard <norgaard@locolomo.org>
To:        Jonathan Nichols <jdnichols@gmail.com>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.org
Subject:   Re: tracking a stolen laptop?
Message-ID:  <45278059.6050701@locolomo.org>
In-Reply-To: <e702c34d0610061904x788b55dch41352857440fb0@mail.gmail.com>
References:  <e702c34d0610061904x788b55dch41352857440fb0@mail.gmail.com>

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Jonathan Nichols wrote:
> I am trying to track down a stolen laptop. My laptop did not have BSD
> downloaded, but is there any way yet by which I may be able to track
> my laptop with your help?  I would like to get BSD if I get my
> computer back.  Thanks for any help or advice you can offer.

The short answer: no.

Your laptop doesn't "phone home" unless you configure it to - if it had 
windows maybe call Microsoft, I've heard their computers contact M$ on a 
regular basis.

If you before hand had installed some tool that calls home then it would 
be possible to track it by the ip and possibly routing information it 
uses when it calls. But that's too late now.

Cheers, Erik
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