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I'm searching for some software (or some simple scripts or even only code snippets) which:

  • is Open Source
  • runs in the background
  • collects some information
    • most importantly location information (e.g. under MacOSX by using the CoreLocation framework)
    • IP address
    • ...
  • sends those information via mail or other ways somewhere
  • opens a tunnel to localhost by connecting via SSH somewhere

It should be simple because I want to develop my own solution and just use this as a base.

This is intended for the case that my computer gets stolen so that I might be able to track it back (if it doesn't get completely reinstalled).

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Then you just want software to track your computer if it gets stolen, of which there are plenty. Have you searched? ("Tracking software, anti-theft software", etc.) – slhck Aug 11 '11 at 20:36
@slhck: Yes exactly, that is what I wrote in the question. And I haven't found any which meet my first three criterions. – Albert Aug 11 '11 at 20:39
I guess the problem is that most of these come consumer-ready, also not for free, and there's no market for an open-source version. I'd be interested too if there's something like this. – slhck Aug 11 '11 at 20:41
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Open source anti-theft solution for Mac, PCs & Phones – Prey

Adeona: A Free, Open Source System for Helping Track and Recover Lost and Stolen Laptops (currently there's only an experimental release for OS X)

(Via iusethis searches for tracking and theft, not actually tested.)

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Prey seems to be down. Adeona doesn't give me geo location information (although it provides other nice features, e.g. also webcam images). – Albert Aug 15 '11 at 10:58
Found the Prey source code: and – Albert Aug 15 '11 at 11:30

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