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Some perl scripts to help track stolen computers
Authored by: kbradnam on Aug 28, '06 10:04:22AM

Ah I see. In my case I share my home internet connection (which has a fixed IP address) over an Airport wireless network. When my iBook is sitting at home, the script reports the fixed IP address. In other circumstances (depending on the actual network setup), the get_IP.pl script might not be so helpful and you might have to rely on the get_desktop.pl or get_isight.pl scripts giving you useful information instead.

Regards,

Keith



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Some perl scripts to help track stolen computers
Authored by: Grant Symon on Aug 28, '06 02:00:15PM

Keith,

it's funny that you find it easy to connect behind your firewall/router setup, but if you go to the Apple Discussions for ARD, you'll find that most people have a pretty hard time getting ARD to work via the internet. Ports 3282 and 5900 must be open and forwarding in both directions (and both ends) for it to work. If the connection is a cable connection, then it's less of a problem, since it's direct, but for DSL, this is a must on the router.

I have found running 10.4.7, that I have also had to ADD a user configuration to the Sharing Firewall prefs, because just checking ARD in the Services pane, doesn't let ARD through ... even although this is its *sole purpose*. :)

OTOH, Timbuktu can connect via the net more easily.

All that said ... something else occurs to me that may actually be more effective.

All the new Macs (apart from the Mac Pro) have an isight camera built-in. Couldn't a script be written to take a shot and email after a short delay ... if for example ... a second script was not run? IOW, you open your MacBook from sleep and systematically click a script in the dock, which sets a flag. If that flag is not set, then 10 seconds later the iSight camera takes a snapshot ... or several at intervals and as soon as there is an active internet connection it sends them via email or posts them to a server ... whatever.

That combined with the grabbed IP address of the router should be enough to catch and convict most thiefs.

Grant



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