Originally Posted by paintmered
Most laptops come standard with a Kensington Lock port.
The lock itself will run 30-50 bucks, but they are a must for dorms. The biggest thing is to never leave it unattended in a public area. Take it to the bathroom if you have to, like CC said. Engraving Redsmetz Jr. into it (or the last 4 of his SSN) will prevent someone from selling the laptop after it gets stolen. Just because his name is in it, doesn't mean it won't get stolen.
It's also a good practice to write your name in the inside cover of all textbooks with permanent marker.
We did pick up the lock today and I'm going to look into the software someone else mentione.d Of course, I never expect that his name or such engraved would mean it couldn't be stolen, just that it would facilitate identifying it if it is. I like this software mentioned and we'll probably invest in that.
Thanks to everyone for your input. BYW, the Apple Store indicated that any engraving done on an iPod needed to be done with a laser, so that's what they did. We found a trophy shop in Price Hill that did both for about $25.