Rob Jorgensen of the Fort Shawnee Police Department wrote in to inform us of another database where you can register stolen machines or check serial numbers on used machines you're considering buying. The American Computer Exchange Database of Stolen Computers appears to work similarly to O'Grady's Stolen PowerBook Registry mentioned in "Ripped Off!" in TidBITS 442.
Sleep (and Lock) Your Screen
When you are walking away from your computer, it's fairly common practice to start your screen saver and lock your screen. But did you know that there is a built-in keyboard shortcut in Mac OS X to sleep the screen?
Press Control-Shift-Eject and your monitor sleeps without engaging the screen saver.
- Ripped Off! (10 Aug 98)