Saturday, November 22, 2008

Kid-Snapping Cell Phones

I've always thought it would be cool to have GPS embedded into my belongings. That way if another walks off with one of my items, I can track them down and kick their ass.

Yes--some fantasize about achieving greatness, I dream of vigilante justice for misdemeanors.

In today's Washington Post, there's an article about the unplanned ramifications of cellphone thievery--which involves the thieves using the cellphone's camera (which are obviously much better than the camera in my cellphone!) to take photos of THEMSELVES!

With some cellphone cameras having the ability to automatically upload the photos taken into the owner's Flickr account, there now exists a way to track your stolen cellphone other than trying to dial your own number--or even GPS!

" How tantalizing, to think that while we continue to live our lives, our phones go on entirely new adventures...David McDonald of Melbourne, Australia, was...more curious than angry, when he logged onto Flickr earlier this year and found that his phone, pickpocketed a few days before, had recently attended a street festival. There it was, "having its own little field trip," cavorting with guys McDonald didn't know, in a neighborhood he'd never been."
Hmm--If I stole someone else's cellphone, all they'd probably have to look forward to are pictures of my thumb...


  1. I've only recently learned how to take pictures with my cell phone camera. But I still haven't figured out how to get them from the phone to my computer.

  2. You need special software and an adapter thingy to act as a port between your phone and your computer. I got mine for cheap off Amazon.

    I have a Motorola RAZR and the software package is called Motorola Phone Tools.

  3. Thanks! I have a Motorola Razr, too, so I'll check it out. But I don't actually have anything on my cell phone yet that's worth keeping.