Friday, 10 June 2011

‘This Guy Has My MacBook’ = Internet Gold

One of the most entertaining things I’ve seen online in some time has been the recent incident of a guy getting his MacBook stolen and eventually getting it back thanks to the ‘Hidden’ app (which is dirt cheap when you think about what it does).

The app helped him trace his laptop down with the help of local police (and some media intervention), and enabled his MacBook to take photos and screengrabs of the thief and what he got up to on the stolen computer.

With the evidence he was able to gather from the thief’s activities, the police were able to not only track down the criminal, but get the MacBook back. This is internet gold, as it perfectly demonstrates one of the awesome things that can be done with computers right now.

Click here to check out the 'This Guy Has My MacBook' blog over at Tumblr!

Yeah, I’m sure there are some folks out there who would worry about their safety with an app like this, and whether it could be used to spy on innocent people (Not really- check the app out! It’s a thing of beauty), but you have to admit it’s pretty cool that he got his property back.

Of course, REAL internet justice would have meant the thief was tied up in a room and forced to stare at Memes on giant screens. Justice by Sad Keanu, LOLcats, Demotivational posters and the Forever Alone guy. Now that sounds like punishment ;)

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