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.
Beware Country-Specific iTunes Stores
If you buy an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and you happen to be a user of the iTunes Store in more than one country, take note which country's store you're viewing in iTunes when you plug in the device for the first time. This will be the country the device will register with, and you will be forever barred from purchasing or even updating free apps from anywhere else. The only way out is to delete everything on the device and do a full restore.
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Another Stolen Computer Registry
Scan contracts, invoices, or receipts as PDFs with your iOS device.
Use OCR to make that scanned image into a searchable PDF with text
you can copy! Get it on the App Store: <http://smle.us/tbscanplus>