There are commercial services to help you locate lost laptops, but I wanted a feature that required less software to be installed and fewer Big Brothers helping me out along the way. Using a few free tools and shell scripts, I cobbled together my own LoJack-type system that notifies me whenever my laptop awakes (I can’t help you if your computer is turned off).
- SleepWatcher: Executes commands of your choice when computer wakes, sleeps, etc
- bash: Shell scripting
- LocateMe: Free command line tool (from me) using Apple’s geolocating API
- Notifo: Lightweight notification for iPhones, etc
- Google Maps: Displaying your laptop location