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    Starting Powermate at boot time

    I'm trying to enable the Griffin Powermate to use at the login screen and I can't figure out the easiest way to do it. I want to secure down the mac so that if someone is able to steal it they will have a heck of a time using it.

    I've already figured out how to have the Griffin Powermate enter a password at the screensaver dialogue.

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    If someone half-competent manages to steal your Mac, there is not that much you can do about it... The most you can do is protect your data with good encryption (i.e. encrypted disk image mounted after logon and without password stored). Anything more is (IMHO) just waste of time.

    You can try to launch the powermate driver/helper app from one of the startup scripts, that are executed before the login window is displayed.

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    I am already encrypting my entire home folder via FileVault and it won't do me any good to have another disk to encrypt/unencrypt. Unless you have something specific that you've done?

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    What do you have on you carpc that you are so worried about people getting? If they steal the PC they what it for the hardware not the software.

    Why not try to prevent the problem to begin with? Just mount it in a hidden / hard to get location and no one will know its there - out of site, out of mind. Also you can make sure the car has a good security system and all the locks work properly.

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    An alternative to that is Undercover by Orbicule. I've installed it on our portables and my carputer Mini. It tracks/disables your machine when you report it stolen. I haven't had to use it yet - hopefully I never will, but the features look good and the price is reasonable.
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    I am TRYING to make life easier. I have a MobileMe account which I would like to sync to the Mac mini normally. This really makes life easier if you don't know about MobileMe. In any case, I want to lock down my home folder whenever I shut it down, or in the case of it getting stolen, the power gets removed and in effect causes a shutdown.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jirka Jirout View Post
    If someone half-competent manages to steal your Mac, there is not that much you can do about it... The most you can do is protect your data with good encryption (i.e. encrypted disk image mounted after logon and without password stored). Anything more is (IMHO) just waste of time.

    You can try to launch the powermate driver/helper app from one of the startup scripts, that are executed before the login window is displayed.
    This is what I'm hoping to do by enabling filevault. At present, I don't know how to run the powermate helper app at bootup. The app that runs is done so using a login item. Any help with script stuff would be wonderful.

    Quote Originally Posted by bratnetwork View Post
    What do you have on you carpc that you are so worried about people getting? If they steal the PC they what it for the hardware not the software.

    Why not try to prevent the problem to begin with? Just mount it in a hidden / hard to get location and no one will know its there - out of site, out of mind. Also you can make sure the car has a good security system and all the locks work properly.
    Forgive me if I don't broadcast what I'm trying to hide bratnetwork. The computer is already hidden and I have a really good aftermarket car alarm. I'm just looking for that added peace of mind.

    Quote Originally Posted by golfguy View Post
    An alternative to that is Undercover by Orbicule. I've installed it on our portables and my carputer Mini. It tracks/disables your machine when you report it stolen. I haven't had to use it yet - hopefully I never will, but the features look good and the price is reasonable.
    Cool piece of software. Have you ever had them run a test to see if it works?

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