[users] Victim of burglary

Anthony Messina amessina at messinet.com
Sat Feb 4 18:49:31 CET 2006

Dag Wieers wrote:
> I have to inform you of this sad tale that happened to me on thursday 
> afternoon. While I was at work, my girlfriend discovered that our 
> appartement was broken into.
> The burglars took my laptop (Thinkpad T43), my girlfriends laptop 
> (Thinkpad T30, my backup laptop) and a 3rd laptop (Thinkpad T23) that was 
> being prepared for a family-member as well as other valuables. Since I 
> recently switched jobs, these laptops were recently bought and considered 
> an investement for the next 2 to 3 years.
> Besides the financial loss, one of the laptops contained most of my 
> professional 'historical' memory (like my photo archive, instant messaging 
> logs, and more personal and professional material that is invaluable to 
> others).
> Luckily they left alone my buildsystem (probably too heavy and risky) and 
> my CDs, DVDs and books alone (time consuming and risky). So I can recover 
> an old backup, but I lost almost 10 months of important data, and 10 years 
> of less important, but personal information.
> For this reason I changed my wishlist (and webpage) slightly and added a 
> Paypal donation button. It would be naive to hope my gear will be 
> returned somehow (although I have been distributing flyers around the 
> neighboorhood asap and been looking for serial numbers and unique 
> characteristics so that my stuff can be identified in case we have 
> witnesses in this or other burglary cases).
> If people were planning to thank me by buying something from my wishlist, 
> this would be a good time. And please consider donating via Paypal instead 
> (or shopping/visiting my Google adsense sponsors).
> 	http://dag.wieers.com/personal/wishlist.php
> Thanks in advance and sorry for the bad news. I personally hate to bother 
> you about this, but I feel I have little choice :-(
> By the way, if you have a 'cilinder' lock in your door (not sure if this 
> is what it is called in English, but I'll post some pictures), think twice 
> about changing it or secure the lock with additional metal armor. Because 
> those locks can be broken off in less than 10 seconds with fairly simple
> equipment without disturbing the environment.
> And do make regular backups and store them on offsite locations (!), even
> when you feel safe or you think the effort it not worth the trouble.
> PS For those people that have me listed in skype, please check your logs 
> and monitor skype for my presence since thursday 2 februari 15:23, that's 
> when I logged off. That's currently my only hope for recovery.
> --   dag wieers,  dag at wieers.com,  http://dag.wieers.com/   --
> [all I want is a warm bed and a kind word and unlimited power]
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dag, i am sorry to hear that.  first of all, if you like, i can set up 
an account at messinet.com so you'll have a place for off-site storage 
in chicago, il, us.  secondly, look to be receiving some things from 

also, thank you for all the work you do.

-anthony messina

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