I’m not going to whine any further here; The story has a happy ending. There may be some useful information for laptop owners to take with them:
- When you’re traveling with your computer, keep it closer to you than you think you have to. I had mine in an inconspicuous backpack case and had it right near me. If someone’s targeting travelers, they’re going to look for people who are almost keeping a good enough eye on their possessions. Those are the people who think everything is going to be OK and won’t notice that something has happened until it’s too late.
- Ultimately, my homeowner’s insurance paid for the _full price_ to replace my laptop! I’m kind of ignorant about these things and had no idea that homeowner’s insurance would cover a loss while I was traveling. If you own a home (or rent?) and have some kind of insurance, I would recommend finding out if you’re covered before something like this happens to you. Some credit card companies offer similar coverage on purchases made with their cards. The card I used does not, so if you have a choice of which one to use, use the one that will cover potential losses.
- An obvious one: I had spotty network connectivity while traveling, so I was backing up things I was working on onto a USB drive in case of hardware failure on my laptop. Guess where I stored the USB drive? I lost hours of work, some of which I’ll probably never get around to redoing.
- Don’t get a Mac. It’s just too hard to go back to the alternatives once you’ve gone there. Save yourself some suffering and stick with the least common denominator.
Kelly SMS’d me earlier to tell me that my new Powerbook is sitting at home in the box waiting for me to spend way too much time setting up and playing with this weekend. :)