One of my machines is a Lenovo Thinkpad T420s running Sabayon Linux. Since a long time I experienced issues with my USB mouse and keyboard after resuming from standby, while the notebook and the input devices were plugged into the dock. Both devices stuttered occasionally, i.e. the first key stroke or move of the mouse were not recognized. Sometimes I was able to fix the issues by disconnecting and reconnecting the dock’s power connector. Sometimes only a restart helped.
After doing lots of research in the web, I stumbled over a mailinglist post that suggested to remove the package laptop-mode-tools, if installed.
Guess what, the particular package was installed, I removed it and the issues have not reappeared since then.
Wie Heise berichtet, bestätigte das US-Heimatschutzministerium mittlerweile die Meldung, dass der US-Zoll MP3-Player, Notebooks, USB-Sticks und alle anderen elektronischen Geräte durchsuchen und ggf. befristet einbehalten darf. Die Daten dürfen sogar kopiert und an Dritte (Firmen in der Privatwirtschaft) weitergegeben werden, begründet durch eine etwaige verwendete Verschlüsselung, die die Behörden nicht knacken könnten.
Alle Daten via VPN “mal eben” runter zu laden ist ein möglicher Ansatz, aber m.E. bei größeren Datenmengen und einer schmalen Internet-Anbindung eher nicht praktikabel.
The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) has issued a warning to its members worldwide ““ and to all business travellers ““ to limit proprietary information on laptop computers when crossing U.S. borders, and to eliminate any personal data, including photographs, finances and email that you do not want examined by Border Protection authorities. The warning follows a decision by a federal appeals court on 21 April 2008 giving customs officials the unfettered authority to examine, copy, and seize travellers“™ laptops ““ without reasonable suspicion. […] – ACTE Pressemitteilung
ACTE’s advice to business travellers states:
That you should not carry any confidential, personal information that you do not want examined by third parties on your computer or other electronic devices. This includes financial data, photographs, and email stored on computers, wireless phones, Blackberries, or iPod-type devices.
That you should limit the amount of proprietary business information you carry on your computer, and that it be transmitted before crossing the border so you have access to it in the event your unit is seized.
If your laptop also serves as your major home computer, get another one for travel purposes.
The Association of Corporate Travel Executives is not advising travellers to hide data from U.S. border authorities, but to take steps to minimize the impact of its loss, or the inability to access it, in the event it is seized.