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Windows 7: Thief Steals Notebook, Returns Data On USB Stick

18 Oct 2010   #1
Rhammstein

HP Win7 Pro x64 | Custom Win7 Pro x64
 
 
Thief Steals Notebook, Returns Data On USB Stick

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Like in the movies, some thieves can actually have a heart.

A professor at Umeć University in northern Sweden claims that a thief stole his laptop but returned the data by way of a USB stick.

Choosing to remain anonymous, the professor told the local newspaper that his laptop was originally stashed away in a backpack. Having just undergone surgery, he didn't want to make an additional trip back up to his apartment before going to the laundry room. Instead, he placed the backpack behind a door in the apartment building stairwell--thinking it would be safe--and then headed off to wash clothes.

Unsurprisingly, the backpack was gone when he returned shortly thereafter. He called the police to report the theft, and then called his creditors to cancel the stolen credit cards. According to the local newspaper, the professor was highly upset over the calendar, quoting him saying that it documented everything that had happened over the last ten years and beyond.

"It is my life," the professor said.

But the story takes a strange turn after the police report. The professor said that he left his apartment and headed back down the stairwell only to discover that the backpack had reappeared. Save for the laptop and a library card, everything remained intact--the cherished calendar, credit cards, documents--everything. He was dumbfounded.

Still, the laptop was somewhat of a major loss. "Unfortunately, I have been bad at backing up my computer," the professor admitted.

Then--as if someone had heard those very words--a package arrived a week later. He ripped open the envelope to discover his very own USB drive which had been plugged into the laptop at the time of the theft. The thief used the portable drive to backup the professor's data stored on the laptop--all the documents, personal files, and more. Although the size of the drive wasn't specified, it was assumed that the backup process took hours.

"Often when people lose their computers and cameras, it is understandably not the gadget itself that is the most important," he told the newspaper. "The content is often irreplaceable."

Despite the actual theft, the outcome has given the professor a new hope for humanity.

Currently there's no indication that the laptop thief was identified and arrested.


Thief Steals Notebook, Returns Data On USB Stick


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18 Oct 2010   #2
Klaw117

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Very interesting read...I guess people have some decency after all.
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18 Oct 2010   #3
Rhammstein

HP Win7 Pro x64 | Custom Win7 Pro x64
 
 

Yeah I enjoyed this story quite a bit, I had to share it. I like to think maybe the thief just needed food or something... Very strange.
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19 Oct 2010   #4
Nigsy

openSUSE 13.1 64bit
 
 

Reminds me of when my car was broken into, they stole the cassette player (it was a long time ago) from the dash, but left the tape, Zep 3, on the passenger seat....no taste some of these people!!
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19 Oct 2010   #5
RST101

Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
 
 

It makes you wonder if this has actually happened because after reading several instances of this story it only mentions him as "the professor", not a single name is mentioned, which i find quite odd in a news worthy article.
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19 Oct 2010   #6
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

I predict that as we get closer to the holiday season we'll be seeing more of these "feel good" stories from all around the world.
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19 Oct 2010   #7
bigseb

Windows 7 x64 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
I predict that as we get closer to the holiday season we'll be seeing more of these "feel good" stories from all around the world.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rhammstein View Post
Yeah I enjoyed this story quite a bit, I had to share it. I like to think maybe the thief just needed food or something... Very strange.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Klaw117 View Post
Very interesting read...I guess people have some decency after all.
Come again?!?! Theft is theft, people.
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19 Oct 2010   #8
Dr Shambles

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigseb View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
I predict that as we get closer to the holiday season we'll be seeing more of these "feel good" stories from all around the world.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rhammstein View Post
Yeah I enjoyed this story quite a bit, I had to share it. I like to think maybe the thief just needed food or something... Very strange.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Klaw117 View Post
Very interesting read...I guess people have some decency after all.
Come again?!?! Theft is theft, people.
Yeah sounds more like "taking the piss" than decency. He stole a laptop. Break his legs.
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19 Oct 2010   #9
Skulblaka

Windows 8 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dr Shambles View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigseb View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
I predict that as we get closer to the holiday season we'll be seeing more of these "feel good" stories from all around the world.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Klaw117 View Post
Very interesting read...I guess people have some decency after all.
Come again?!?! Theft is theft, people.
Yeah sounds more like "taking the piss" than decency. He stole a laptop. Break his legs.
How barbaric...
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20 Oct 2010   #10
Dr Shambles

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Ok break just one. Your right, two is inhumane. :P
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