Losing your laptop can be a huge pain. Not only are you out the cost of your laptop but you may have lost confidential documents or a term paper that hasn't yet been backed up. There are several programs and services that let you track down your laptop and even work with law enforcement to help recover a stolen laptop.
Phoenix Technologies, notably known for making Bios software, has a new service call FailSafe that helps you track the last place your laptop connected to the internet, retrieve or delete files and even disable the computer completely.
You might want to avoid shipping notebooks via USPS after reading a story over at the Consumerist. A USPS customer shipped his friend five notebooks and insured them for $3,000. The package never showed up across the country, so he filed an insurance claim. The USPS gave the customer $74 for the lost ThinkPads.