SPUG:My laptop has turned up - at MSFT!

Bill Campbell bill at celestial.com
Wed Feb 19 19:26:06 CST 2003

On Wed, Feb 19, 2003 at 02:44:35PM -0800, Tim Maher wrote:
>I'm delighted to inform you that my laptop, along with the latest work on
>my Perl book and Perl modules (and the backup waiting to be transmitted
>over the phone line on the next boot!), has turned up.
>Microsoft's "lost and found", in Redmond, has it.  It was turned in by
>a janitor, who found it lying around in one of the auditoriums there.
>One obvious explanation of its travels would be that the person who
>stole it from me at the Dallas airport last week flew home on the same
>plane as me, eventually got tired of trying to guess my passwords to
>break into it, and ditched it at work.

And wasn't smart enough to get Tom's boot root disk, or other simple way of
booting a Linux box to get root access.

>Given the outrageous abuses I've suffered trying to get Microsoft to
>honor contractual commitments to my company (for Damian's services),
>and all the other evidence of their atrocities, I can't say I'm surprised
>at where it turned up.  But I'm sure glad it did! 8-}

At least you got it back.

>I guess my wife was right after all -- she said my laptop would come
>back to me, because of the gravitational pull of my good karma! 8-}

My wife left her laptop on the trunk of her car when her car pool arrived
at the north end of Boeing Field where they park.  A couple of days later,
somebody called her at work to say she might want the laptop she lost.  The
person lived within a mile of my wife's workplace -- Western State Hospital
in Stellacom, about 50 miles from where it was lost.

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