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Apparently the police were able to identify an unconscious jogger from her iPod serial number after a hit and run – [via] Link.

The police are still looking for leads in the San Francisco area (Presidio) the hit and run was early Thursday morning (3/2). Anyone with information on the accident is encouraged to call Detective Sgt. Robert Jansing of the U.S. Park Police at (415) 561-5144.

I rarely carry ID, usually jog with just an iPod, have had way too many close calls with cars while jogging and lost a friend to a hit and run before. Now that I’m in San Francisco for a bit, this reminded me to think about stuff like this, maybe these suggestions will be useful for someone…

My quick thoughts on ways to ID your iPod is to name your iPod with your name when you first get it, that will appear in the about screen. Also, in the contacts section put all your information that’s important and you’d want someone else to see if the iPod was lost/stolen or if something happened – registering your iPod seems to have helped in this case. Using screen lock on the new iPod is ok for potential loss/theft, but it doesn’t display your info, that’s what I’d like Apple to change. That said, you can mod the “Enter Code to Unlock” text, but that’s pretty hard for most folks (how to here if you’re interested). The low-tech solution is to put a sticker on the back and/or etching.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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