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It's Not Nice to Label People

It's Not Nice to Label People
by Gary Woods

Okay, it's not nice to label people, but what about your stuff so if it gets lost maybe somebody will return it. We already talked in this column about LoJack a system that hides inside your computer then sends out a distress call if somebody steals it. But more often than not, your stuff isn't stolen it's simply lost.

To that end I started looking around for ways of getting your stuff back that's either free or cheap. First up I found zReturn. For $14.90 you get a package with six adhesive labels that come in two different sizes and one key tag. The labels and key tag all say "If found to go," and each has your unique PIN code on it. You just put the labels on your devices and then go to zReturn's Web site to register the PIN number. Then anyone who finds your lost article can go to the Web site and enter the PIN code. After that they have a place to write you a note with contact their information and the note is sent to you via email and instant message.

So why don't you just create your own labels and blue them on the back of your equipment? zReturn says that your homemade label probably isn't water-proof, and besides do you really want all your vital information out there floating around. Whichever way you go, it'd be a good idea to label your stuff.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. You can hear Gary on the Radio at 1290 AM Monday 9-10 AM and he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc