It works. Yesterday my neighbor had a guest - within 45 minutes, two detectives were at the door. and the laptop recovered matching the serial number. The guest was arrested for possession of stolen property, and released within the hour.
Victory for the victim!
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-10024278-52.html "With Adeona, however, a user needs only install a piece of free, downloadable, software on their computer, and then make sure to make a copy of a credential key that the software provides and that they must keep on, say, a thumb drive, and which is required to track the laptop if it's stolen. "
This part's a bit daunting: "My sense is that this software isn't for everyone and that it would require more knowledge of technology than the average laptop owner." This part's totally awesome: Plus, you get the benefit of being protected by a Roman goddess. And when is that not a good thing?