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Found thumb drive, Dickson Shopping Centre: 166 Egypt holiday pics!

By Needle 30 October 2008 39

I found a 1Gb SanDisk Cruzer Micro thumbdrive in Dickson Shopping Centre today. It was lying on the ground under the covered walkway that runs along the National Bank building, near the two outdoor post boxes. It’s missing its lid, but is otherwise completely intact.

The drive contains a whole raft of family snaps from a holiday in Egypt, and I have to say: some of them are absolutely breathtaking.

Somebody out there MUST want these pics back – if anyone reading this forum knows who it might be, whim me.

I don’t want to just upload them all to the net, since some of the pics have kids in them (and even the adults might have reservations about having their faces plastered all over the web). But if anyone has any clue as to who might be the rightful owners, PLEASE do not hesitate to let me know.

Oh, and also: jealous. Damn near in f***ing tears jealous. I mean, just…wow!

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Spam Box 11:39 am 02 Nov 08

Good job needles, classy. Forget the wingers mate, you did the right thing

Jonathon Reynolds 3:40 pm 01 Nov 08

Gungahlin Al said :

We left it at the office with contact details for if found/not found, but have heard nothing…

That is one of the few things that can be tracked back to an owner (or at least the owner of the phone account with a carrier)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Mobile_Equipment_Identity

Gungahlin Al 3:36 pm 01 Nov 08

We found a Nokia N95 at the Home and Leisure Show last weekend. Nice little unit.
We left it at the office with contact details for if found/not found, but have heard nothing…

astrojax 2:27 pm 01 Nov 08

yup, ‘cor’ photo is karnak complex – temple of amun… cor, indeed!

good on ya, needles, and ditto to pretty well everything posted above decrying babyface…

dragonflygal 10:57 pm 31 Oct 08

Hey Needle, have you seen this website?

ifoundyourcamera.blogspot.com

Might be worth trying if you haven’t already.

Needle 9:50 pm 31 Oct 08

Meconium said :

Whim you? Wrong forum mate! 😉

First posted this over there, they suggested here, I copy+pasted 🙂

bigfeet said :

And the last photo, god (gods) it looks familiar, but I just can’t place it. I keep thinking somewhere around Luxor (Karnak). Was it in with identifiable Karnak pics, or near some Valley of the Kings pics?

Yeah, I think it might be another Karnak pic, but I’m not 100% sure.

blingblingbears 9:28 pm 31 Oct 08

aww those pics are awesome! I have always been facinated with Ancient Egypt and those pics just want me to go there even more now!

Meconium 9:27 pm 31 Oct 08

Whim you? Wrong forum mate! 😉

bigfeet 8:09 pm 31 Oct 08

They don’t jog my memory of who owns them, but they certainly jog my memory of my travels around Egypt and the Middle East, and makes me want to go back tomorrow.

Quick point : its the Temple of Hapshepsut, not the Tomb. It was a mortuary complex after her death, but not where she was interred, although there is evidence that she was supposed to be placed beneath the temple, but the ground was poor for building chambers.

And the last photo, god (gods) it looks familiar, but I just can’t place it. I keep thinking somewhere around Luxor (Karnak). Was it in with identifiable Karnak pics, or near some Valley of the Kings pics?

Stuff privacy…post more pics!!

Needle 7:52 pm 31 Oct 08

harvyk1 and peterh – like I said, I booted into Linux before even plugging in the drive 🙂 I still can’t stand the various varieties of PenguinOS, but they do have their occasional uses.

reepy – from awesome to awful :-/ Later this weekend I might have another look through the pics for closer details, but I don’t expect to find anything much. And I couldn’t locate a photo kiosk anywhere near the DSC 🙁

And for the rest of you…

http://i35.tinypic.com/2uscr9z.jpg – Abu Simbel (near Aswan)
http://i37.tinypic.com/16bycjk.jpg – Karnak?
http://i37.tinypic.com/s60i10.jpg – Tomb of Hatshepsut
http://i35.tinypic.com/dgl4x5.jpg – es-Salamat (aka The Colossi of Memnon)
http://i34.tinypic.com/24pf6op.jpg – I dunno, but COR!!

Apologies to anyone whose copyright I’ve breached (unless you’re Zahi Hawass, in which case go choke) – I’m just hoping they might jog the memory of someone who knows who owns them.

reepy 5:14 pm 31 Oct 08

Here’s a nice story about someone doing something similar to Needle. Might have some good ideas to help track down the owner.

Here is another story about what you shouldn’t do when you find a lost camera with someone’s photos.

peterh 5:06 pm 31 Oct 08

harvyk1 said :

Jonathon Reynolds said :

Yeah, I was just thinking that, I know of a case where an IT security company was called in to do a security audit on a certain very large (and they thought very secure) company, so what did the security company do? Got some USB drives, placed some code on it, and “accidentally” left them for all the smokers to find. Of course a few of the workers placed them into their machines thinking they had just found a “free” USB drive, in reality they had just opened a backdoor into the company, which the security consultants then used to gain access.

wouldn’t happen these days, now would it?

people are just too busy leaving notebooks in qantas lounges or cds that aren’t encrypted.

I use device control. stops unauthorised devices being used on my pc. I can override the settings, for known devices, but it means that I am aware it has been tried, usually by a moron who thinks that they are a pc expert, with no A/V or spyware anywhere near their PC.

jessieduck 5:03 pm 31 Oct 08

Wow- Capital letters and everything. Chill out! It’s the weekend!

tylersmayhem 4:33 pm 31 Oct 08

It’s comments like that that make people not bother to do the right thing. Needle has gone out of his/her way here to try to help someone out who might, just might, be extremely upset over the loss of their once-in-a-lifetime holiday snaps. Simultaneously, they’re doing their best to protect that person’s privacy. Kudos, Needle – the world could do with a few more people like that.

Yes Babyface…you are a DICK! You on the same page as another DICK called Realityskin. Both your scathings against people using the RA for a legitimate good cause is beyond poor form. I don’t think I’m along in suggesting you log off RA, and don’t bother returning. You are a poor human being, who I wouldn’t feed.

harvyk1 3:43 pm 31 Oct 08

Jonathon Reynolds said :

… and we hope that you had your PC fully patched and running all the latest anti-virus/malware/spyware.

You’d be a great target for instigating an malicious attack via social engineering – just grabbing any usb stick you find literally on the street and plugging it in is a brave move. Your PC may now be infected with a nasty Egyptian virus…

Yeah, I was just thinking that, I know of a case where an IT security company was called in to do a security audit on a certain very large (and they thought very secure) company, so what did the security company do? Got some USB drives, placed some code on it, and “accidentally” left them for all the smokers to find. Of course a few of the workers placed them into their machines thinking they had just found a “free” USB drive, in reality they had just opened a backdoor into the company, which the security consultants then used to gain access.

Overheard 1:37 pm 31 Oct 08

Sammy said :

Then I came across the photos of their Porsche, in front of their enormous house, and I decided they could afford the loss 🙂

Oh dear! Laughed? People in this Bendigo cafe turned around to see what was going on when I read that!

All in favour of some posting of photos (without people).

Deadmandrinking 1:09 pm 31 Oct 08

^and did the house have it’s number? Both of those might have helped…

Deadmandrinking 1:02 pm 31 Oct 08

Sammy said :

A while back we found a digital camera that had been left in a taxi by a visiting tourist. The taxi driver knew that the visitors were from Adelaide as a result of chit-chat in the taxi.

Anyway, I decided i’d attempt to determine the identity of the owners using the photos on the camera. I got damn close as well. There were a bunch of photos on the camera of the mother in bed in hospital having just given birth, and you could *almost* read her wrist tag which would’ve contained her name.

Then I came across the photos of their Porsche, in front of their enormous house, and I decided they could afford the loss 🙂

Did the Porsche have a license plate????

Needle 12:01 pm 31 Oct 08

I might consider uploading one or two pics somewhere this evening, just to help spread the word a bit.
Monument-only pics, though – Aswan and Hatshepsut should do…

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