Stolen White MacBook - $1000 (berkeley)
Date: 2009-07-29, 1:57AM PDT
Reply to: [email-address-deleted]@craigslist.org
White MacBook stolen by two African American men near North Berkeley BART at 11:30 PM July 28, 2009. Willing to pay $1000 for the stolen laptop no questions asked as long as information is provided letting me know you have the laptop I want. Tell me the screensaver and the name of a few documents on the desktop.
Wow! $1,000 just to get your own laptop back? You can buy new laptops for less money, but those obviously will not have your data. This unfortunate victim could have saved a lot of money and aggravation if he or she had signed up for a free or very low-cost online backup service. The data could have easily been retrieved onto a newly-purchased computer. The total cost? Significantly less than $1,000.
I wonder if computer thieves even read CraigsList?
Is your genealogy information backed up? Frequently? Off-site?