Here’s some good news amidst all the doom and gloom: A free software solution to help you find your lost or stolen laptop. Researchers at the University of Washington have released a service called Adeona. You simply download a small application and once installed it starts sending location notices to a hosted service. If your laptop ever goes missing you download and another another program (assuming you have access to another computer) and enter the password you set up originally. This program will start retrieving the location information of your laptop from the servers. There is a version for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. And the Mac version can even take snapshots so you can catch the dirty thief on camera.