Desperate demand for the Elonex webbook

I’ll just paste a copy of this email from Alan Cocks on the Ubuntu UK mailing list.

Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2008
From: alan c
To: British Ubuntu Talk

Subject: [ubuntu-uk] Desperately seeking Ubuntu Webbook – with Bolt Cutters!

In Bracknell, the Carphone Warehouse Webbook (Elonex) with preinstalled Ubuntu which is included in one of CPW’s deals is in such extraordinary demand that the recent display item in CPW Bracknell Princess Square shopping mall was stolen last week by desperate people using *bolt cutters*!

The many larger laptops with Vista installed were left untouched. Sad eh? Even thieves don’t want Vista.

The Webbook was secured using a kensington similar stranded wire lock, so I guess the culprits even had some angle grinding to do later, to remove the lock itself.

The desperate act took place in a normal shopping day in broad daylight, and the miscreants were seen making off at speed, unencumbered by antivirus or other unnecessary items which might have slowed them down!

Like most shopping malls, there is security video in operation, I trust that it will be put to good use.

Apart from the obvious bit about stealing being wrong (Hmmm, makes me think about Number 10 Downing Street again) this is a great story… I love the bit about the thieves not wanting Vista – lol.

Thanks Alan.

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