You had better not take your laptop…
Like many of my fellow tech workers in London, I carry my powerbook plus other kit in a rucksack and following the events of 7/7 have joked about how we must appear to others.
This is no longer a joking matter however and the extent to which the “security services’ are using the terrible events of July to restrict personal liberty was reported in todays Guardian (pdf). David Mery had a night out from hell after making the mistake of carrying a laptop on the tube in his rucksack and owning the type of equipment we all take for granted at home, you know scary stuff like usb hubs, gps receivers and maps !
We all want to be kept safe, but not to the extent that we all become suspects of CCTV checklists, you defeat terrorists using intelligence and politically removing their motivation – not alienating the general population.
Written and submitted from home, using my home 802.11 network.