1997-06-12 - Re: [CNN] Stolen Laptops and lame ‘solution’

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From: “William H. Geiger III” <whgiii@amaranth.com>
To: dsmith@prairienet.org
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UTC Datetime: 1997-06-12 13:12:07 UTC
Raw Date: Thu, 12 Jun 1997 21:12:07 +0800

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From: "William H. Geiger III" <whgiii@amaranth.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 1997 21:12:07 +0800
To: dsmith@prairienet.org
Subject: Re: [CNN] Stolen Laptops and lame 'solution'
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In <Pine.LNX.3.96.970612074651.9609A-100000@bureau42.ml.org>, on 06/12/97 
   at 07:50 AM, "David E. Smith" <dave@bureau42.ml.org> said:

>On Wed, 11 Jun 1997, Raymond Mereniuk wrote:

>> This has been discussed on this list before, about 1 year ago.  The 
>> Computrace software is installed on a place on the hard drive where 
>> DOS utilities like Fdisk and Format can not get at it.  This is the 
>> same as Diskmanager Version 7 or higher, Fdisk and Format will not 
>> remove this version of Diskmanager.

>There you go, assuming DOS is the centre of the universe again. I haven't
>seen this, but there's a pretty good chance that reformatting the hard
>disk as a Linux partition and installing LILO would clean that nuisance
>right up.  (If it didn't, you could probably just use your favorite disk
>editor to find the Computrace code and zero it out.)

>OC this is all above the means of the average laptop thief, but the
>dedicated ones probably have a staff techie.

I would imagine that some enterprising programmer will write a program
that removes this crap from the users HD.

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