Is it hell of a time to track your lost or stolen laptop? The sheer thought of loosing my laptop gives me sweat of a lifetime(really cant afford to lose it). But now we have Adeona, pheww!!! Developed by University of Washington, Adeona is the first Open Source system for tracking the location of a lost or stolen laptop.
All you got to do is to install Adeona on your laptops which then use the Open Source OpenDHT distributed storage service to store location updates from the laptops. If a laptop is lost or stolen the owner can track it with the help of information, like IP addresses of last used location and local network topology, sent by Adeona. It is only the owner who can see the encrypted information as it is password protected.
Probably soon we might have such tracking systems for all kind of mobile devices. These tracking systems send, over the Internet, updates regarding the current location of the device to a remotely administered repository. If the device is lost or stolen, but maintains Internet connectivity, the tracking system can keep tabs on the current whereabouts of the device.
Friday, July 18, 2008