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    Quote Originally Posted by DeludedKitten View Post
    So they assume that your home is more secure than their office?

    Who is responsible for insuring the laptop if it gets stolen on the way home or when at home?
    Jeez...

    It's less likely to get nicked in someone's care than it will be if left in an insecure office building after hours. That's all. It will be covered by their insurance anyway, unless you do something stupid like drive your car over it (and yes, I've had one come back where the "owner" had done just that: and when we got it up and running to salvage his work we found dozens of viruses and an interesting - well not very interesting actually - porn stash. His replacement was a desktop ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by malvolio View Post
    It's less likely to get nicked in someone's care than it will be if left in an insecure office building after hours.
    I've never had a laptop stolen from a client office. I have had laptops stolen from my home. I've also worked with people who have been mugged for a laptop, and someone who had his laptop bag stolen while he had a coffee at Paddington station.

    I've never had a dog pee on a laptop in a client office. I have had a dog pee on a laptop at home.

    I've never had a child trip over a laptop bag in a client office. I have had children trip over / fall on a laptop bag at home.

    I'd want everyone to be clear about who was responsible if the laptop gets damaged / lost / stolen before agreeing to being responsible for it.

    You FDI, I'll make the checks to ensure that my company isn't liable for the client not being able to get a drawer that locks in their building.

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    Dear client: Kingston lock

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    Quote Originally Posted by unixman View Post
    Dear client: Kingston lock
    Is that a downmarket Kensington lock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by unixman View Post
    Dear client: Kingston lock
    I had a client that issued a Kensington lock with the laptop. Thought it was a great idea until I was told its to be used in the office without exception. They have regular checks where someone takes any laptop not locked down during the working day and you've got to go get it back cap in hand. Bloody ridiculous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by northernladuk View Post
    I had a client that issued a Kensington lock with the laptop. Thought it was a great idea until I was told its to be used in the office without exception. They have regular checks where someone takes any laptop not locked down during the working day and you've got to go get it back cap in hand. Bloody ridiculous.
    The infamous Richard Granger* of the NHS NPfIT used to do this personally at lunchtime. It was fun the time he did this to a very very grand Professor who was in the office for the day.


    *The one whose mother briefed against him.

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    Richard Granger, the tough 42-year-old management consultant who runs the government's Connecting for Health project, initially failed his computer studies course at Bristol University - and took a year off as a result. He was only allowed to resit the exam after she appealed on his behalf, and he went on to gain a 2:2 in geology.

    His mother, Mary Granger, spoke to The Observer about her surprise at her son's role in the ambitious initiative that was supposed to transform the NHS's computers and allow patient records to be kept electronically. She hasn't spoken to her son for 10 years after a family row, but she is now campaigning to save the local hospital in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, which is losing some services to another local trust, and believes the computer modernisation plans are a gross waste of money.

    'I can't believe that my son is running the IT modernisation programme for the whole of the NHS,' she said.

    Mrs Granger, a former teacher and local councillor said: 'He was disappointed when he failed his computer studies course at Bristol. It was pretty serious, so I had to write to Princess Anne, who at that time was "university visitor" there to appeal for him to be allowed to resit the exam, as initially he was refused permission. He did resit it and he passed it.'

    Mrs Granger said she and her son had had no contact after rows 10 years ago, with her husband Les - Richard Granger's stepfather - and their other two children. 'After university he became a management consultant with Arthur Andersen [now Andersen Consulting].'
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    Quote Originally Posted by northernladuk View Post
    I had a client that issued a Kensington lock with the laptop. Thought it was a great idea until I was told its to be used in the office without exception. They have regular checks where someone takes any laptop not locked down during the working day and you've got to go get it back cap in hand. Bloody ridiculous.
    pb? ( It's an anagram of a well known UK company ). Used to work their, go to lunch, come back to find a notice on your desk from security where the laptop used to be and then spent 90 minutes wandering over to the security office to get it back.

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    I was at *a large American bank* for a while and they wanted us to take laptops home, but also claimed we were responsible for them while out of the office..
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    Quote Originally Posted by northernladuk View Post
    I had a client that issued a Kensington lock with the laptop. Thought it was a great idea until I was told its to be used in the office without exception. They have regular checks where someone takes any laptop not locked down during the working day and you've got to go get it back cap in hand. Bloody ridiculous.
    They didn't want you selling them all off for crack like last time.
    Last edited by northernladyuk; 8th June 2018 at 16:00.
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    Quote Originally Posted by northernladyuk View Post
    They didn't want you selling them all off for crack like last time.
    On a retail bank tech upgrade project I was on many years ago, there was a member of the deployment team going out collecting up the old kit and putting it on eBay. I *think* they may have wiped the hard drive but can't be 100% sure...

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