I just curious as to what ship this occurred on, not that it couldn't have happened on any ship. We leave our camera's, GPS unit, ipod, etc out all the time but I'm going to limit their exposure time from now on and charge them at night only.
It seems a stupid that this guy would jeopardize his job for stealing a laptop when it couldn't have been anyone else who could have taken it. Not to smart.
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I haven had to use it yet but the price is right & I hear it's a decent file recovery tool.