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Remotely Disable a ThinkPad With a Text Message



Lenovo has added a new feature to their ThinkPads that allow it to be remotedly disabled in the event that the laptop / tablet pc becomes stolen – simply by sending a text message to WWAN phone number for the laptop. This is a great thing for IT shops needing maintain better control over their laptops and corporate data. Check out the video demo after the Continue Reading link.



  1. GoodThings2Life

    01/08/2009 at 10:12 am

    As an IT admin, yeah, that’s pretty awesome. What I want to know is if the WWAN card can then be made to send its location back to the carrier so the user can track it.

  2. smh

    01/08/2009 at 1:51 pm

    how i have been waiting for this feature(taking my hat off for the engineers at lenovo).
    i have seen similar function in home security devices and electric wiring control thingies(common in europe) where you can text the device and make it do some pre-programmed tasks.
    Like GoodThings2Life suggest: the implementation of location awareness is the next logical step, e.g. the computer sends a message with latitude and longitude or a link to google maps(or similar applications).
    I waiting with my fingers crossed and hoping that this feature is software activated – via a bios update – so that x200t is also covered(hint hint :D).

  3. Eric C Rusch Jr

    01/08/2009 at 2:10 pm

    That’s a really nice feature. I love having Sprite Terminator on my phone, it’s a give a great amount of piece of mind. If my phone is ever lost or stolen, I just have to borrow a phone from anyone nearby and can lock and/or wipe it to ensure my data is safe. You can then even track it’s location via gps to help aid in recovery.

    I almost never leave my computer in an unlocked state when I’m not using it, but this would still provide that reassurance that should something happen that I don’t have to worry about my data being vulnerable.

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