[sf-lug] OT: Car broken into on 7th and Howard, GPS and other items stolen -- is this common?

Christian Einfeldt einfeldt at gmail.com
Mon Oct 22 09:29:39 PDT 2007


On 10/21/07, Kristian Erik Hermansen <kristian.hermansen at gmail.com> wrote:
> Does anyone have suggestions?  Should I just sell my car?

Yes, absolutely.  I am an attorney, and I don't have a car, and I would
never own a car here.  The cost of insurance alone usually equals the amount
you could spend on a rental car or one of the many car-by-the-hour services
such as flexcar or zip car or the city car share program.

I live near the school that this community is supporting with FOSS.  I had
rented a car one day.  I left my notebook briefcase (without the notebook)
in the car for no more than 15 minutes.  When I came back, the car had been
broken into, and the notebook stolen.  Fortunately, the most tragic loss
there was limited to a wifi card.  But as it turns out, I had not been able
to use that notebook again with wifi for more than one year, until Jason
Turner of this list helped me hack a netgear card at Javacat about 3 weeks

Also, if you travel by bus, your blood pressure will be lower, and you will
meet some funny and crazy people on the bus.

If you need a ride in a hurry, cabs are reasonably abundant, except on
Saturday night and Halloween night.  Heh.

Sorry about your loss!
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